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Into the Future: Derelict Starships $11.95
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Into the Future: Derelict Starships
Publisher: Tabletop Adventures, LLC
by Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/18/2012 12:35:58
Since Halloween's come around again and this product went on sale, it's the perfect time for me to write a long-overdue review of this interesting product.

Systemless products have had a checkered history in the hobby. Most people want some way to mechanically represent the material they have paid for. Yet the fictional content of a world need not be connected to a mechanic to be compelling. Nowhere is that more true than in horror. Creepy situations are creepy not necessarily because of the tension of a die roll or card turn or Jenga pull, but because a vivid description can excite the imagination. Derelict Starships provides 100 of these descriptions, some outlining a full situation (a section of the ship appears to be intentionally voided of air), other times a mere implication in a simple object (a laser rifle is smashed by some unknown powerful force.) Each description is a full paragraph, with some commentary on how the GM might incorporate them into a situation.

Normally I would not rate a "list of 100 things" this highly even if they were fleshed out and well written. Horror requires that there be rules - if anything can happen at any time, there's no suspense, no feeling that you know what's coming. So a random collection of 100 scary paragraphs is not in and of itself that useful. Where this product shines is in the organization and additional material.

I have to say I NEVER expected to see a solid three-page description of corpse decomposition and how it might be changed in a spaceship environment, but this is exactly what's in the supplement and exactly what's needed to provide the structure onto which you can create a horror situation. And the index, in which the 100 scary situations/paragaphs are arranged by what kinds of things they contain (debris, bodies, dangerous environments, etc.) is an amazing innovation for this type of product. It should be in absolutely every single one of the "list of things" products out there.

Finally, there's a .rtf version in the zip file in case you want to copy/paste the description into your notes. AND there are card versions of the scary text that you can print and use for your own purposes So basically every possible thing that can be done with this product (other than internal hyperlinks) has been done.

This product presses every single one of my reviewer tilt buttons. The list alone might have only been three stars. Yay, some scary stuff, but so what? So what is: extensive structure on which a horror GM can build tension, exceptional organizational tools, and a .rtf version to help with customizing electronic play aids. And thus, having had all my hobby horses petted, spoiled and groomed like Rafalca, I have no choice but to give this one my highest marks.

Happy Halloween 2012, everyone!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Into the Future: Derelict Starships
Publisher: Tabletop Adventures, LLC
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/29/2011 13:19:45
The product is good for it's descriptions: (210 approx).
Artwork is fairly good (not great, but OK).

Although it is a bit pricey for 66 pages (£7.24 over here in the UK).

It appears to be the only one of it's kind (exploring derelict starships).
Could also be used for space stations, colonies, etc (with a little work).

I'm not saying it's bad; it is good, but it could have been cheaper for its 66 pages.

I would have given it 5/5 if it were cheaper, or had more content.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Into the Future: Derelict Starships
Publisher: Tabletop Adventures, LLC
by Bernard W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/07/2009 21:35:50
Derelict Starships is one of those supplements which would prove useful for a variety of roleplaying systems; GURPS, D20, Traveler, etc. It's generic enough that it shouldn't throw any wrenches into an existing campaign (even relatively low tech space exploration), but specific enough to space flight that it doesn't seem like a rehashed fantasy set of snippets.

The book is moderately sprinkled with artwork which is above the average fair for indie publishing, and features an easy to read typeface. The final pages of the book also come with flash cards for quick (and random) descriptions of any situation should you need it. Very handy; though it would be best printed on card stock instead of plain paper.

Sections are broken up cleanly into separate sections of a standard of a ship, including: Hatches, Corridors, Bridges, Crew Cabins

Finally, the random blurbs for each section are potentially suitable to a mild rewrite to work for space stations (which I shall be doing tomorrow for my own gamaing session!), orbitals, or (which I just realized), exoplanetary colonies. There are even a few traps!

All in all, aside from being a little short for the price, it's a worthwhile product. Considering its the only one available (as of Oct 8th, 2009) for space settings, its pretty much a must have for the regular GM.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Into the Future: Derelict Starships
Publisher: Tabletop Adventures, LLC
by Craig B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/27/2009 04:05:50
I have picked up several products from Tabletop Adventures and I can not stress how impressed I have been with the high quality of their products and the thought that has gone into each of them.
I found it particularly surprising and useful to discover this product had been released! Some of the artwork is a little small and/or awkwardly laid out (pages 8 and 32), but all of it is of good quality, and very appropriate, while the descriptions of encounters and areas are very well thought-out and original. Time and time again, Tabletop Adventures delivers useful products.
Did I mention I like this a lot? Well, I do :)

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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