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2300AD: French Arm Adventures
Publisher: Mongoose
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/24/2012 23:49:37
I haven't found a lot of information online about the content of this one, so I'll mention first that it updates three previous adventure/sourcebooks: "Beanstalk" (with Beta Canum Venaticorum setting source), "Kafer Dawn" (with Aurore, including better maps than I remember) and "Energy Curve" (with "Arbors" - I don't mind the change of name at all). It seems well put together. Editing for word choice could be better but Mongoose have bookmarked it extensively without being asked.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Citadel of Evil
Publisher: Robertson Games
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/22/2012 17:31:40
A varied, logical and enjoyable series of encounters centred on the dungeons of a (smallish) Citadel. This is what handcrafted game design looks like. It's provided in a lower resolution though fully readable.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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25 Nasty Chemicals (and what they’ll do to you)
Publisher: Lee's Lists
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/11/2012 01:32:59
High marks for selecting some truly unpleasant real substances and describing in much detail just how badly they behave. The fantasy overlay that the author's tried to apply, in the final third of each entry, just seems random and non-contributory but wasn't hard to overlook.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Solar Echoes Mission: Derelict
Publisher: Corefun Studios, LLC
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/11/2012 01:26:31
The setting seems unafraid to make use of cliches and sketched-in background. Probably there's nothing wrong with using images that everyone can recognise to get to the action quicker. Progress of the adventure, as written, involves telling quite a few untruths to the players and then punishing them for reacting to the situation as described and that, I think, I would want to do differently.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Publisher Reply:
We appreciate your honest review, and have re-examined several areas in the mission as a result. Though players during our beta tests seemed to enjoy the surprises, we do agree that there were a couple spots that were slightly misleading, and have since updated the wording in this mission. We hope this will help enhance the story and overall fun for "Derelict," and thanks again for your feedback! -Andy Corefun Studios, LLC
Action on Akaisha Outstation
Publisher: Guild Companion Publications
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/03/2012 18:42:24
This is a well-detailed location and set of adventures that seem easily adaptable to many space opera settings.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Stock Art: Skulk
Publisher: Purple Duck Games
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/12/2012 23:54:37
A simple scene, useful as a player reference when a particular unusual creature is in play.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Aetherianica - Preview 001
Publisher: Dark Spire
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/01/2012 06:34:41
One page presents a starting point into the dice system for the game. For one page, the discussion of probability for increases sounds dubious and there's a word use problem within a questionable example. It could be slow going for the whole system.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Blackdyrge's Templates - Armored Apparition
Publisher: SkeletonKey Games
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/09/2012 06:16:02
This seems like an elegant way to represent and scale to different levels of power a common folkloric and fantasy image. One or two inconsistencies in stat blocks, though the intent is clear.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Spacemaster DataNet #4
Publisher: Guild Companion Publications
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/18/2012 01:25:33
Cultural notes for each species and some of the setting information embedded in the language table might have been worth a paragraph in the books dealing with these elements. The poisons table matches random names to various notional toxic substances and could have been more useful with a systematic treatment of effects and toxicity. The disease system, on the other hand, is just inaccurate and wrong (for the meaning of 'bubonic', please look up 'bubo', it's a moment's Web search). All in all, I'm unimpressed with the amount of useful content for the price of this well-padded instalment.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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BattleTech: Third League Turning Points: Free Taiw...St. Ives
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/04/2012 20:15:53
It's something to see a scenario where two of the objectives are taking kids hostage and burning books. It's a multi-level in-joke, though, and I'm not sure I have it all right.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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BP-CS0 Secret of the Pit Pathfinder
Publisher: Blackbyrne Publishing
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/20/2012 21:34:52
You're in an arena. Fight!

As a preview of the publisher's battle maps, they seem like a very good idea. As an example of the publisher's ability to create stat blocks, it's usable with some potential for improvement. The two levels given for the Blade Conjuror class, another attempt at this much-discussed concept, suggest the converted rules need tightening up. This doesn't tell me much about the setting.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Trail of Cthulhu: Many Fires
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by JAMES U C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/17/2012 06:29:40
Let the players bring their private planes and machineguns and carloads of dynamite - I can't see that any of it will help them much at the death, in the mountains where no-one will see. Notable, also, for how much the players know (between them) going in, neatly inverting an expectation of the classic game. The scenario successfully gives the players power without giving them safety, delivering high-stakes gaming.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Trail of Cthulhu: Hell Fire
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/17/2012 06:19:40
The central connection is essentially a sound idea and the trappings of Rationalism show a lot of potential as an era of play. This doesn't manage to build up to very memorable dangers, though, and indulges the author's reinterpretation of the being in question. Why do writers do that?

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Creaturedaily.com Free Preview
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
by JAMES U C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/17/2012 05:29:53
A promising start, especially the gruesome nysrogha.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Adventurer Essentials: Iron Rations
Publisher: Skortched Urf' Studios
by JAMES U C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/25/2012 03:47:43
Adds useful and interesting detail on the topics of common meals, travelling provisions and foraging that can add a little more colour to a fantasy world, besides a couple of mildly-helpful magic items.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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