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D20 Rules Options: Volume #1, Second Edition
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by David W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/22/2012 09:19:26
D20 Rules Options: Volume #1, Second Edition

I really cannot say anything good or bad about the 1st edition as I have never read it, but I will say that the second edition of this product is a nice little edition to the gaming material binder. Granted, as with any "rules options" books I do not personally jive well with or plan on using entirely everything in the book, but there were some tidbits that I'll definitely be holding into consideration with my future gaming sessions.
There were two things in particular that I liked: Action points and the body damage system. The action points are kind of close to something that I have used myself in the past... luck points essentially, but I think the way that the action points are thought out and presented are more universal and effective than the luck point system that I used in the past. The second, the bodily damage system, reminds me a bit of the Friday Night Firefight format that was used in Cyberpunk 2013, a game that I've ironically been thinking a lot about lately.
Another point of interest in this product for me was the gangrene rolls. Granted, I may end up tweaking this a bit more for my own house rules. Granted, they've put in a nice way of looking at the issues of gangrene in the game, it is just that I want to expand it to other serious issues.

There were other good points to the game, including the cold damage issues and such forth, but the above mentions were the most likely to be used by myself.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
D20 Rules Options: Volume #1, Second Edition
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Goin' Postal
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by David W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/21/2012 22:03:20
Goin' Postal-
I've got to admit that when I saw this I immediately had mixed feelings... as a shameless fan of the PC game Postal 2 I found myself thinking "Oh how can a paper and dice game top THAT experience"... and then as a game designer myself of paper and dice games and a huge advocate for bringing the table top gaming feel back to fashion I couldn't help but to be intrigued.
For the most part, I was quite pleased.
The game is a nice strategic board game that does not take a whole lot of time to play out... something that is good for me, my wife, and my oldest stepdaughter during one of those winter storm power outages... we live out in the country so not seeing power in the winter for two or three days at a stretch is not uncommon.... and my stepdaughter has no interest in learning the intricate bits of role playing games so board games are a must... she will play them, especially if they are violent and have a "punk rock" feel to them. Goin' Postal definitely has that.

The game board is a bit bland in appearance, my greatest beef here, but otherwise the game is fairly solid.... and fun in a very "bet you didn't think THAT was going to be the gaming flavor for the evening" sort of way. Overall I have to give it 4 stars... not totally where it could be, perhaps, but certainly enough fun regardless.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Goin' Postal
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On Common Ground: American Civil War Miniatures Wargame
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by David W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/21/2012 21:36:45
On Common Ground: American Civil War Miniatures Wargame

The Civil War is typically something that I avoid... growing up in the Smyth County part of Virginia I've been exposed to all the importance of local Saltville and its salt mines, the various battle spots of the war, Civil War re-enactment groups, etc. etc. etc. Basically, like NASCAR (living 50 some odd minutes up 81 from Bristol Motor Speedway), the American Civil War has been crammed down my throat... more times than once.
However, regardless of my typical disgust for having to deal with it again, the Civil War is part of the local heritage... my heritage... and thus also holds sway of interest on the few local gamers that I've had the opportunity to round up.
With this in mind, I've been needing to get a rules set to hold miniatures wargames that are at least roughly Civil War based (if not entirely accurate).... On Common Ground appears to suit my needs for this.

I gave it a five star rating because the rules are simple enough, the file is small enough... this in turn allows me to satisfy the local gamers without having sacrifice a great deal of my time in a war that I could really care less in learning about. However, on that same note, I've got to admit that I've found the game play of this miniatures battle system to be rather appealing towards the concept of "fun"... aka as in fun for me... regardless of the tired old setting that I've otherwise grown to loathe.

As such, if you are a Civil War buff but you don't want to have to deal with a great amount of rules... get it. If you are someone like me and simply getting a Civil War related game to shut up a few overly eager players... get it. If anything this wargame offering means less intensive rules that you will have to suffer through in order to deliver the candy that your Civil War drooling players want.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
On Common Ground: American Civil War Miniatures Wargame
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?: Tales of Legend-Haunted Arkham #2
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by David W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/21/2012 21:08:40
I've got to admit that when I first saw the title of this Atlantean Chronicles product I immediately thought of a certain Black Uhuru (dub reggae outfit) track by the same name... but then my butt was dragged kicking and screaming from such bliss into a much deeper, darker world. I've got to admit, if you are into a grime, horrifying twist then the whole Atlantean Chronices is right up your alley... and this book is no exception. More of the grim, from an outfit (aka Stardust) that specializes in it rather well.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?: Tales of Legend-Haunted Arkham #2
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Close Call: Tales of Legend-Haunted Arkham #1
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by David W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/21/2012 20:59:12
Close Call: Tales of Legend-Haunted Arkham #1 presents an intriguing look into Stardust Publications' take on modernistic horror... particularly that in which one is reminded of certain older entities staring down from the bleakness of the beyond. I was really impressed with both the contents within as well as the presentation. The text information given sets a perfect score, as does the layout for the purposes of inspiring the GM... and I myself would find the backing music of Siouxise and the Banshees and Skinny Puppy being absolutely perfect for highlighting the mood of this product.
I give it a definite 5 stars... awesome, dark, gruesome stuff!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Close Call: Tales of Legend-Haunted Arkham #1
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