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Strontium Dog
Publisher: Mongoose
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/03/2012 03:35:35
A fun Traveller setting. Absolutely anarchic, but loads of options and a good interior layout that prints well. It's almost like a Feng Shui game on steroids - but with a sci-fi/spaghetti western feel. There are notable rules for mutations and sorcery here too.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Primeval RPG Core Rulebook
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/21/2012 19:14:57
There is a lot to like in this book - not least it's near 100% compatibility with the Doctor Who game. It's easy on the eye, fun to read and provides a time-hopping premise that is, if anything, more suited to roleplaying than it's sister game due to it's provision of the ARC organisation for PCs to be part of. The selection and descriptions of evolutionary eras, and the creatures that goes along with them is the major highlight for me - but the whole game is pretty slick and professional. My only disappointment was that they've gone overboard in the use of bookmarks to the point that there are multiple entrees on pages in too many cases. As such, it's pretty hard to navigate as a pdf.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Kingdom & Commonwealth Omnibus 1
Publisher: Cakebread & Walton
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/03/2012 03:14:56
This is a excellent historical 'war-torn' English campaign that manages to evoke enough magical realism into the setting to make it come alive. There are a series of eccentric NPCs to add colour and a detailed narrative that would keep most adventurers happy for months, and it's isn't too dissimilar to classic campaigns like Warhammer's Enemy within in this respect. The presentation and layout is nicely done, and it's all well bookmarked. All this alone would be worthy of 4 stars, but the exemplary service I recieved when dealing with a technical issue bump it up one more! The follow on Omnibus 2 is even better though..

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Dark Champions - PDF
Publisher: Hero Games
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2012 20:20:55
Why is no cover provided? The material within is written with authority, while the system itself is well established (you either like it or not). The ruleset is gritty enough that it actually does 'The Dark Knight' and 'The Watchmen' better than most other supers games in my view (it's mainly why I purchased it), particularly with the dark, techno-thriller aspects of those movies. Likewise, Bond-style action movies and the like are well supported within these pages too, so it certainly fulfills it's design brief. It's just it could do with a bit of an update and facelift accordingly.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Werewolf The Apocalypse Second Edition
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2012 20:15:02
Maybe it's a bit of nostalgia, but flicking through this PDF reminds me just how inspirational White Wolf RPGs were in the early-mid 1990s. The full colour 'graphic novel' presentation of the games' fairly unique setting is truly gorgeous to read through and although this is a scan, the rest of the book is likewise an absolute pleasure to look at and read. Can you play it? Well, the old Storyteller mechanics were desperately clunky - particularly for a game focussed as heavily as this on violence and combat. Yet people did play for years with this ruleset.

The various Werewolf tribes are largely based on stereotyped cultures, which may put some people off, and the basic premise of 10 foot tall beast men clandestinely wolfing around in packs may seem tenuous for a 'real world' setting. Yet the sheer 'awesomeness' and environmentalist passion in the book shines through regardless. There is nothing stopping anybody developing this game with a more fluid system of mechanics. On that basis, highly recommended purchase.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Kingdom & Commonwealth Omnibus 2
Publisher: Cakebread & Walton
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2012 20:02:41
These contain my favourite parts of the Kingdom and Commonwealth campaign to date, especially going to the moon! The presentation is easy on the eye and consistent with the core book, and perfectly readable on both Mac and PC. Probably the best fantasy campaign I've read since Warhammer's Enemy Within and very similar in tone. Recommended.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Supplement 1: 760 Patrons 2nd Edition
Publisher: Mongoose
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2012 19:52:28
Some interesting characters, but not enough to make it a book you'll enjoy reading for any great length of time. As with most Traveller books, it's a solid toolkit for designing adventures and scenarios - nothing more - but it does what it sets out to do well.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Company
Publisher: D101 Games
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2012 19:49:21
The system, based on OpenQuest, is well polished in this supplement although the 'professional' level characters may feel a little underpowered to some. It's not a particularly crunchy set of rules either, if people are expecting this sort of thing from a RuneQuest derived ruleset, with the skill lists being relatively short and no magical abilities or the equivalent.

The game premise is pretty tight too, with 'The Company' being a (largely UK-military-style) international mercenary outfit that feels suitably 'modern' in it's plausibility. The illustrations are all taken from stock photos, which largely captures the right feel. You could run a lot of modern military missions within the scope of this game.

As a small print game, therefore it's pretty successful, although it lacks a 'hook' (supernatural or otherwise) to attract a bigger RPG audience I'd argue. You could add in supernatural elements taken from any other number of compatible BRP games, but of course this would detract from the 'real world' aspect of the original premise.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Supplement 5-6: Vehicle Handbook
Publisher: Mongoose
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2012 19:40:08
Bigger, tighter and more miles to the gallon. This is a pretty core book for the essential Traveller experience. If you like spending times designing vehicles of all sorts (which is a staple part of the Traveller experience!) then this does everything yo'd expect of it.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Only War: Core Rules Beta
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/06/2012 06:26:29
The latest of the WH40KRP line, and arguably the best, although it's still in play test form. This is probably the first game in the series that provides a decent range of character types (12), whilst also retaining a human-centric feel that is lacking in some of the other games. The Ogryn and Ratling 'specialities' add a more exotic feel to the choices, although I feel that the Ogryns look a little underpowered in the rules as they stand. Military platoons are pretty easy to motivate into action, and there are a large variety of missions that they can undertake (giving the GM a lot of room to create scenarios from) There is a good spread of iconic Xenos types to fight against (again missing from previous games) and solid vehicle rules too. The new regiment rules are interesting with the view that each character will have an additional NPC companion to contribute also - a bit like Troupe roleplaying from Ars Magica presumably. I expect the presentation will improve significantly in the full published edition, although it's a clean and functional download as it stands. The 40K universe isn't a subtle one, and military missions may well be the best way of experiencing it in game. Good stuff, and I look forward to the full version.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Clockwork & Cthulhu
Publisher: Cakebread & Walton
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/06/2012 05:41:45
So, yes, the combination of setting and mythos works in case you were wondering, and there are some pretty good adventures included in the book. You don't need the Clockwork and Chivalry book to run it, provided you have the Renaissance rules (freely downloadable), as it is self contained with a primer on the backstory of the 17th century English setting included. It possibly begs the question as to why they couldn't have just gone the whole hog and made it a standalone core-rulebook, however. The Cthulhu Mythos seems to be ubiquitous in gaming as it clearly works as a versatile backstory that can overlay any historical setting, although some may get jaded with it after a while, and yearn for something new. The quality of writing, layout and design is excellent though, and I've no doubt it will be a popular book for those fans who have already tried out it's mother game.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Dark Heresy: Core Rulebook
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/06/2012 05:21:18
Dark Heresy has probably been around long enough for the gaming community to recognize the setting, and the rules are a pretty straightforward percentile affair, with customizable archetypes being used for character generation. The art looks quite impressive, and it's got a very large page count for it's background. I do feel that there isn't enough support for a GM to run it without supplements, however, and actually feel that some of the editing (in terms of what to include) could have been organized better. Moreover, later 40K games have formatted themselves better, and are a lot more streamlined in the presentation of their rules. The file itself is enormous, which can lead to some technical issues in downloading. Although the basic premise is eminently workable, it currently ranks as the weakest of the 40KRP game line because of these reasons - and certainly deserves an updated edition, in my view.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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RuneQuest 6th Edition
Publisher: Design Mechanism
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/05/2012 07:37:18
If anybody knows about the seminal history of RuneQuest, and realize the work and passion that has gone into the making of this version of it, it's an instant download. Best fantasy system ever designed in my view, and that isn't (just) fanboy hyperbole. If you are interested in realistic simulation, anthropological verisimilitude and anything to do with classic myth creation, then this game has a lot to offer. The cover is nice too, and the interior layout is very clean and readable, and all the bells and whistles in search engines and the like. Plenty of support to, as you can utilize all the old RQ, RQ2, Legend and to a degree BRP supplements with it with no difficulty whatsoever.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Clockwork and Chivalry 2nd Edition Core Rulebook
Publisher: Cakebread & Walton
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/18/2012 07:37:13
If you were a fan of the first two editions of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, then you'll love this. The OpenQuest based rules are well modeled to the genre, and this really is a meaty, well laid out book. There is a rich vein of British black humor, some thoughtful magic systems (Alchemy, Witchcraft and Clockwork inventions), and the society of the setting is well illustrated through a multitude of Career choices, and political factions. The history of the English Civil war is also well researched, although I must stress this is very much a fantasy setting, rather than a pure historical game. With some good adventures in the back to get going, and a set of Campaign supplements that are on a par with Warhammer's Enemy Within campaign, there is a lot of fun to be had in this game. I only wish they could have called it something a bit more dramatic sounding.....like Warhammer, f'rinstance....

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Unseen Masters
Publisher: Chaosium
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/18/2012 07:27:11
Meaty interlocking trio of scenarios set in modern New York. The major selling point is the high level of psychiatric research that went into it, particularly the award winning middle scenario. Without giving the plot away, it's well worth buying for that one alone.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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