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Sans Obol
by Christopher H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/05/2009 19:58:12
I did not enjoy this track, and don't see myself using it at the gaming table. I have tried on multiple occasions to listen to it, imagining an in-game situation that it might fit under -- and I just can't make it happen. The track combines big, sweeping, but discordant passages with tinny percussive packages that sound almost carnivalesque, like a toy xylophone. The track is hard to listen to, and I think it would be disruptive, not enriching, if played during an RPG. Sure, it's only $1.00, but your favorite professional musician's latest single is only $.99 at iTunes.

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MP3s + NPCs Pack 1: Habeus Corpsus
by Derek K. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/03/2006 00:00:00
Habeus Corpsus is essentially two products, a small collection of NPC concepts and five music tracks intended for RPG use. This package is billed as a modern horror game supplement, but it really is non-campaign specific.

The NPC concepts are short and to-the-point. There are no statistics or specific game references. Instead, these one-sheet descriptions are designed to give the player or gamemaster a spark of an idea for a character concept, and then point him or her in the right direction in further developing the character. After the character description, three or four questions are presented to help the player or GM start thinking more about the character?s background and current motivations. It?s not a bad tool, but the concepts themselves could have presented a bit more information; in some cases, only five sentences are presented to describe the character concept.

The music tracks, however, are the strongest point of this supplement. For the most part, these tracks are clean and solidly produced (there are a few slight pops at the start of some of these tracks, but they would only be overly noticeable if the tracks were looped over and over again at the game table). These tracks range anywhere from four-and-a-half minutes long to just over six minutes, and they?re varied enough so that each one invokes a unique feel and mood.

They are a bit dark, but they aren?t quite dark enough to be considered horror music. The two tracks most deserving of being called ?horror game music? would be ?Someone Just Stepped Over Your Grave,? which has an almost Italian zombie movie vibe to it, and ?Sans Obol,? which is perhaps the most filmic of all the tracks, and could a bit of tension to a climactic battle near the end of a gaming session.


LIKED: This product definitely has versatility, and can be used in a variety of different games and game-settings.

DISLIKED: I would have liked to have seen, or rather heard, the music get a bit more dark.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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MP3s + NPCs Pack 1: Habeus Corpsus
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MP3s + NPCs Pack 1: Habeus Corpsus
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/25/2006 00:00:00
Habeus Corpsus is a collection of five MP3s and five NPCs bundled together, from Mindscape Music. The zipped file is rather large, nearly thirty megabytes, and contains five MP3 files, and a single PDF.

The PDF is six pages long, containing a single page of introductory material about how to use the characters contained herein. The next five pages each describe a single NPC, none of which have a name, but rather a title, followed by a quote, a few brief paragraphs of description, and questions for the player (or GM) to ask themselves in order to better flesh out the character. The page backgrounds are grayish, with non-specific imagery barely visible in the background.

The MP3s are all crisp and clear in their presentation. They vary in times from just over four minutes to just over six, with the majority being around four-and-a-half minutes long.

Ultimately, Habeus Corpsus isn?t bad, but seems to bill itself for the wrong genre. While it states that it?s for use with a modern horror game, none of the elements here seem spooky or otherwise horrifying. Rather, NPCs have funny titles (such as ?The Grim Repo?) or descriptions, such as the NPC who, having been brought back from the dead, remembers being in a place that smelled like coffee, but isn?t sure if it was fresh coffee, or burning (analogous to Heaven and Hell). Likewise, the music here seems to be of a techno-trance blend, but not scary by any stretch of the imagination.

Habeus Corpsus isn?t a product that lends itself to horror very easily, but it does a moderately good job of evoking ideas, and the music is unquestionably good; it?s just not anything that?ll make you shiver.



LIKED: The character descriptions were amusing, and the music was quite nice.

DISLIKED: Neither the NPCs nor the music were spooky, and didn't seem like they'd work well for a horror game.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


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