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Fading Suns Player's Guide (Revised Edition)
Publisher: FASA
by Sébastien G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/12/2013 21:12:34
**English review below**

Bonjour,

Il convient d'informer que je ne fais pas analyse du setting de Fading Suns. La quantité et la qualité du matériel n'a plus de preuves à faire. C'est, selon moi, un chef-d'oeuvre. Il revient donc important de bien cibler ce qu'il faut analyser soit, les nouveautés et les mises-à-jour que peuvent apporter le retour après plus d'une décennie d'une grande oeuvre par un renouveau de matériel. Or donc, voici ma courte analyse sur ce manuel (et non sur ce qu'on savait déjà avant ce livre):

1- Couverture (6/10)
Quoique correcte, elle manque de punch et c'est comme si la fibre de Fading Suns ne nous atteignait pas au travers de l'image. L'homme en scaphandre prend trop de place comparé à la JumpGate en arrière plan (qui est l'un des points central du setting).

2- Le contenu (règle) (18/30)
En général, les règles se sont un peu améliorées même si elles sont restées quand même cohérente avec celle qu'on connaissait déjà. Il y a plusieurs malaises dont les fameuses ratées et réussites épiques qui ont été remodelé (par exemple, il faut deux jets pour s'assuré d'un critique bon ou mauvais). La où j'accroche, c'est encore le fameux d20. Pour les jets d'habiletés ou d'attaques, on ne lance encore qu'un seul d20. C'est trop aléatoire, même si tu deviens meilleurs dans une habileté. J'aurais préféré qu'ils trouvent un moyen de lancer plusieurs dés (d6, d10, etc.) et d'y mettre des marges de réussites, mais bon... En général, le système n'a pas suffisamment évolué, mais il est fonctionnel.

3- Le contenu (la trame et le fluff) (15/30)
La section de l'équipement est beaucoup plus complète que la précédente, pour ça bravo. L'histoire est avancée jusqu'en 5002 dont l'ajout d'une nouvelle maison mineure noble; Pour une version attendu depuis si longtemps, c'est une honte d'avoir si peu d'ajout.

4- La mise en pages (5/30)
Ouch! C'est là que le bas blesse. C'est mauvais. Ça sent les années 80. C'est noir et blanc. C'est sans réelles nouvelles images. Ne vous méprenez pas, je trouve ça important qu'ils gardent la saveur des anciens livres de FS, mais là c'est trop creux. Je suis enseignant et je fais de meilleurs mise en pages d'examens pour mes élèves. La dernière révision de FS avait au moins le mérite d'avoir été faite dans les années 90 et en plus elle avait un peu d'agrément dans les marges intérieures. Ils ont tout de même fait le minimum. Ils ont fait des hyperliens dans le PDF et un index qui se tient. Cependant, nous n'avons que l'un des deux dans l'édition papier...

Dans une édition qu'on attend depuis des lustres, on aurait aimé voir un vrai produit fini. Les éditeurs de ce produit devrait s'inspirer des nouveaux JdR du genre old timer Firefly et BattleStar Galactica et des nouveautés du genre Eclipse phase, High Space, Dark Nova, Rapture et j'en passe. Les trois derniers étant des éditeurs miniatures en comparaison à RedBrick/FASA. On se serait attendu à un produit de la qualité de Eclipse Phase, minimum. C'est une mise en page bâclé et complètement non professionnelle.

C'est donc une grande déception, car pour moi, m'attacher à un jeu de rôles, c'est premièrement le feeling the les images m'apportent. Ce n'est pas le cas ici.

* Donc, en définitive, c'est un produit sensiblement de même qualité que ses prédécesseurs en ce qui à trait aux règles et au contenu. Il ne s'en distingue pas suffisamment pour qu'on puisse réellement appelé ça une évolution. C'est vraiment la révision d'une révision. Par contre, pour ce qui est de la mise en page et la qualité de présentation, je ne vous encourage vraiment pas à acheter la version physique du produit, puisque c'est une grande déception pour un produit tant attendu. L'avantage c'est que pour l'impression, ça ne demande pas beaucoup d'encre... Mais 20$ c'est cher payé pour un produit d'une aussi basse qualité visuelle (même pour un PDF).

---> Restez-donc avec la dernière version que RedBrick a faite et les suppléments de Holistic Design.

Note finale : 44 / 100 = 2,2 Donc 2 étoiles.

*** ENGLISH
Hi,
It's important to inform you that I am not discussing on the "what is" Fading Suns setting. The quantity and the quality of the material doesn't need to prove itself. It's already a masterpiece. It is therefore important to identify what must really be analyze (what's new and the updated material) from a product that return after more than a decade of slumber with a new iteration. Now then, here is my short review of this book (and not on what we already knew before this book):

1 - Cover (6/10)
Although correct, it lacks punch and it is as if the Fading Suns fiber does not reach us through the image. The man in the suit takes too much space compared to the jumpgate in the background (which is one of the central points setting).

2 - Content (rule) (18/30)
In general, the rules are a little better. Although they still remained consistent with those we already knew. There are several things including the famous epic failed and successes that have been redesigned (for example, it takes two rolls to determine if it's a critical good or bad). What bugs me is that is still the famous d20. To roll skills or attacks, we still only roll one d20. It's too random, even if you get better at a skill. I'd rather they find a way to run multiple dice (d6, d10, etc..) And put margins of success, but ... In general, the system has not evolved enough, but it is functional.

3 - Content (storyline and fluff) (15/30)
Section of the equipment is much more comprehensive than the previous one, congratulations on that. The story is advanced until 5002 with the addition of a new Noble Minor house; For a version we've waiting/wanted for so long, it's a shame to have so little to add.

4 - layout (5/30)
Ouch! Its where it really hurts. This is bad. Smells like the 80s. It is black and white. There are no new images. Don't get me wrong, I think it's important that they keep the flavor of ancient books of FS, but this is too deep. I am a teacher and I'm doing better layout with my exams for my students. The latest revision of FS at least had the merit of having been made ​​in the 90s and there was some artwork in the pages borders. But at least (for the PDF), they still made the minimum. They've put hyperlinks in the PDF and an index that look like one. However, we have only one of two in the paper edition ...

Expected for ages, we would have liked to see a real finished product. The editors of this product should have based themselves on the new games like old timer Firefly and Battlestar Galactica and new kind of Eclipse Phase, High Space, Dark Nova, Rapture and so on. The last three being small publishers companies compared to RedBrick / FASA. One would expect a quality product that compare to Eclipse Phase, minimum. This is a sloppy layout and completely unprofessional.

This is a big disappointment, because for me, to attach myself to a setting, I need the feeling the first images will provide to my imagination (then, it's started). This is not the case here.

* So, ultimately, it is a product of substantially the same quality as its predecessors with respect to the rules and content. It did not distinguish enough to me to actually called it an evolution. It really is a revision of a revision. Unfortunatly, in terms of layout and presentation quality, I do not really encourage you to buy the physical version of the product, since it is a big disappointment for such an expected product . The advantage is that for printing, it does not take a lot of ink ... But 20$ heavy on purse to pay for a product of such a low visual quality (even for a PDF).

---> Stay-so with the latest version RedBrick made ​​supplements and Holistic Design.

Final Score: 44/100 = 2.2 So 2 stars.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Civilian Air/Raft for Traveller
Publisher: Scrying Eye Games
by Sébastien G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2012 11:52:12
What you expect from a free product. BUT it's well done. They took the time to do something that have a nice visual.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Cortex Classic System Role Playing Game
Publisher: Margaret Weis Productions
by Sébastien G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/21/2009 07:26:51
I first learned about the Cortex system a while ago when one of my friend introduced us the Battle Star Galactica RPG.

I started to like this system the moment I started to play BSG|RPG.

The system is KIS (Keep it simple) by itself. It's axed toward the action instead of rules mechanic. It's made for fast roleplaying and quick learning.

Only the battle system seems a little bit too simplyfied. BUT, IMO, it's not a problem at all for me. I dont like overcomplicated (ala d20 D&D) system with tooooo much realistic what you can do. Let that part to the GM, he will tell you what you can and what you can't do.

So, Cortex book it a little plain. Not much pictures. If you like to look at book with colors, eyes blowing product, you are at the wrong place.

THOUGH, if you want to have a small book, with nice simple rules, you should really have a look at it.

It easily can adapt to all rpg age (past, present and future) although it's more geared toward present and future.

A must try!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Antique Maps XX - London of the 1800's
Publisher: Split Eye Productions
by Sébastien G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/21/2009 07:18:11
Extremely well scanned map of London. We actually can see much detail such as road and place.

I've been using it for Cthulhu game. I would like to see more of these kind of maps!

The dpi are enough precise that I made it print as a laminated/poster I've but in my office.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Tournaments, Fairs, and Taverns: D&D 3.5
Publisher: EN Publishing
by S?bastien G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/14/2005 00:00:00
First of all it was a nice reading. I enjoyed having new tricks for relaxing moments in my campaign. It's always useful to have such thing to RP.


LIKED: It's simple and bring a RP edge to your campaign.

DISLIKED: Few pictures (which isnt really a big issue). I know it can be hard to come by pictures for this kind of product, but I do enjoy visual when I read RPG material.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tournaments, Fairs, and Taverns: D&D 3.5
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Complete Psionic Power Cards
Publisher: The Other Game Company
by S?bastien G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/07/2004 00:00:00
I would just like to say that it's a extremely useful product. I often play with young peoples and I have started a small D&D group (I am a teacher) at school. So, giving only the spells and powers needed to these students and it help them not to get lost within the numerous pages of the PHB spells and XPH powers.

LIKED: Everything.

DISLIKED: I havent found anything yet. That's a good thing for you!

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Complete Spell Cards - Updated
Publisher: The Other Game Company
by S?bastien G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/07/2004 00:00:00
I would just like to say that it's a extremely useful product. I often play with young peoples and I have started a small D&D group (I am a teacher) at school. So, giving only the spells and powers needed to these students and it help them not to get lost within the numerous pages of the PHB spells and XPH powers.

LIKED: Everything.

DISLIKED: I havent found anything yet. That's a good thing for you!

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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