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Journey Down Carnival Street [Horror/Modern Crime/Police Theme Music]
Publisher: Fishwife Games
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/01/2012 20:16:10
The first two minimalist minutes of this track didn’t bring a carnival (of either the county fair or Rio de Janeiro variety) to my mind. Instead, I pictured a tense scene with PCs trying to defuse a ticking time bomb. Later, the combination of what sounds like banjo- or guitar-picking in an almost bluegrass style with heavy doses of electronic “whining” gives the piece a kind of multiple personality disorder. Maybe composer Dave Woodrum meant for the “whines” to sound like trumpets, but they don’t; if they did, and if the banjos were louder, the piece might successfully evoke a bayou parade. If that’s what Woodrum wanted to achieve, the plan didn’t quite survive contact with his orchestration software. Better instrumentation, or better output results, would improve the track significantly.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Journey Down Carnival Street [Horror/Modern Crime/Police Theme Music]
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Sonic Stock: Raining (Royalty Free Music)
Publisher: Fishwife Games
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/01/2012 20:06:16
This track kicks off very nicely with solid percussion and ethereal instrumentals, but soon slides into some tinny synth that sounds like it’s maybe supposed to be flute or clarinet, but it’s a little hard on the ears. This alternation continues throughout the piece, combining some great background music with some that’s just a little too piercing. The results, then, are quite mixed. (Also, filling the album field in the ID3 tags with “No alubm - Royalty Free Music,” complete with the misspelling of “album,” inconsistent capitalization, and missing hyphen between “royalty” and “free” annoys those of us who are fastidious about organizing our music libraries.) By the way, I wouldn’t have thought of rain at all if not for the title of the piece. I would have associated this piece with an investigative scene where the PCs aren’t necessarily in immediatedanger, but they could be if they make the wrong turn. I presume that the rather high price tag derives from the perpetual royalty-free license.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Sonic Stock: Foxy (Royalty Free Music)
Publisher: Fishwife Games
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/01/2012 19:16:36
In almost every way, “Foxy” is one of Dave Woodrum’s best musical offerings to date (September 1, 2012). The composition, orchestration (heavy on strings, winds, and indistinct vocals), and (digital) performance combine very nicely here to evoke a sense of mystery and danger—perhaps not immediate danger, but it’s lurking out there somewhere. This track loops fairly well; if you’re into your game, you won’t even notice. Fishwife would have done better to put “Sonic Stock” in the album field of the ID3 tags rather than the (currently overloaded) title field, but other than that, there’s pretty much no negative to this piece except for the rather high price. I presume the $5 pricetag reflects the perpetual royalty-free license that accrues when you buy the track, since the track isn’t especially lengthy.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Marvel Heroic Roleplaying: Civil War Fifty State Initiative
Publisher: Margaret Weis Productions
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/01/2012 13:22:05
This supplement gives you a Howard the Duck datafile. 'nuff said.

Okay, so maybe there’s more to say than that. This supplement to the Civil War event book really gives you two things, in very unequal measure. First, it gives you about half a dozen short action scenes set in the aftermath of the Civil War—two scenes for each of three teams, the Initiative (well, sort of a network of teams), the Thunderbolts, and the Heroes for Hire. Second, and mostly, it gives you datafiles for a whole bunch of second- and third-string heroes from the Marvel Universe … yes, including Howard the Duck.

It’s basically a roster book, so a glance at the table of contents should pretty much tell you whether you want the book or not. For me, Howard really was pretty much the highlight of the book, but whether that tells you more about me or about the book is for you to decide. Personally, I’m not very interested in most of the heroes included. The Great Lakes Champions, Liberteens, the Shadow Initiative, the folks training at Camp Hammond, and even the Rangers (I’m a Texas native, though living elsewhere now) don’t interest me very much. I have no desire to play them or run an adventure featuring them. The Thunderbolts might be a different story, though I’d personally use them as antagonists, not as the heroes. That pretty much leaves the Heroes for Hire.

The distribution of the datafiles throughout the book can be a little bit annoying, even confusing. Some datafiles, about half a page long with red backgrounds, are presented along with the action scenes and the team descriptions. Thus Baron Zemo’s datafile appears on p. FS55, in the section of the book dedicated to the Thunderbolts (pp. FS50–FS63). Here’s where you’ll also find Eel, Mongoose, Porcupine, American Eagle, Jack Flag, Sepulchre, and Steel Spider, in connection with two action scenes featuring the Thunderbolts. But to find datafiles for Bullseye, Moonstone, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Swordsman, and Venom, you look in the back of the book, where each has a two-page spread with a blue background. I’m not sure why Swordsman rates a two-page spread and Zemo only gets half a page, but I am sure that it’s a bit of a pain tracking where each datafile is found. Consistently grouping the characters with their teams or consistently listing everybody at the end in alphabetical order would have made the book more convenient to use.

When the PDF of this book was first released, the image resolution was terrible, but MWP updated the product with a better-looking version. That’s good responsiveness and customer service … but it doesn’t really make the book any more useful for me. The book accomplishes its goal well. It’s just not a goal that really lights a spark in my GMing heart; the book does not inspire me to want to use these characters. GMs, er, Watchers who have an interest in these characters will love it.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Marvel Heroic Roleplaying: Civil War Fifty State Initiative
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2e Adventure Tiles: Dungeon Encounter 01
Publisher: SkeletonKey Games
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/15/2012 02:00:09
Given the long gap between the previous 2e Adventure Tiles set and this one, Dungeon Encounter 01 turns out to be a little disappointing. Ed Bourelle’s artwork is as good as always, and the tiles should prove useful, but I can’t describe them as exciting or inspiring. Basically, this set gives you an 8x8 room that serves as a kind of crossroads or connector to various other SKG sets/layouts. With three different tiles in each of four different positions, you can get a good bit of variety from them. Nothing really suggests any story ideas or nifty terrain features, however.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
2e Adventure Tiles: Dungeon Encounter 01
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Villains and Vigilantes:Signs of the Zodiac
Publisher: Fantasy Games Unlimited
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/15/2012 01:39:32
Zodiac-themed supervillains and supervillain teams are a comic-book staple. In this adventure/supplement, Darren Tenor provides another take on this trope. “Signs of the Zodiac” includes Villains & Vigilantes stats for all twelve villains, two brief adventures which each pit the heroes against six of the Zodiac Syndicate, two adventure outlines, additional adventure seeds, a detailed and fully keyed map of Zodiac Syndicate headquarters, and information about the team’s structure and strategies. This Zodiac Syndicate would make decent recurring villains for any superhero team. Of course, twelve villains vs. four heroes would be awkward, but never fear: Tenor anticipates this problem, and divides the overall Zodiac Syndicate into smaller teams suitable for use against smaller hero teams. Tenor achieves this in a way that doesn’t seem artificial, too. A lot of what makes these villains interesting is the interplay between them and their interpersonal relationships with each other; however, it will take a fairly skilled GM (or players who don’t mind interruptions from Captain Exposition) to share this information with the players. In terms of their stats and powers, the villains are a bit less interesting than their plots, and than the team as a whole—and, in a way, the adventure outline “The Replacements” acknowledges this in-game. If you’re running a continuing V&V campaign, you’ve got a ready-made source of villains and plots here. If you’re running a different supers game in campaign mode, you might find this material worth converting; it’s kind of hard to say. If you’re looking for a one-shot adventure, this isn’t it. One complaint about the production values: a 56-page PDF needs bookmarks.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Hispanic Names
Publisher: Black Falcon Games LLC
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/15/2012 01:32:12
In this product you’ll find a table of 100 male names, 100 female names, and 100 family names, giving you lots of variation whether you actually use random selection or just pick from the tables at will. The names cover a pretty good range, but the complete omission of accents ant tildes stands out as a significant problem. Male names like “José“ and “Luís” need their accents for proper pronunciation, and the same goes for the tildes in names like “Nuñez.” The lack of proper diacritical marks can lead to embarrassing mispronunciations, and thereby weakens the product’s utility significantly.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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D-Percent - Chinese Names
Publisher: Black Falcon Games LLC
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/15/2012 01:22:21
This product delivers exactly what it promises: 100 Chinese family names, 100 Chinese male given names, and 100 Chinese female given names. The product description mentions that “the [Chinese] naming convention is family name followed by given name,” but it would have been helpful to repeat this information within the PDF itself. On the other hand, the page is very crowded as it is, and the tables are arranged with the family names on the left, so the very layout implies the proper sequencing of family names and given names. I found this product very helpful for naming Chinese PCs and NPCs in my supers game, without falling into repeatedly reusing names of Chinese people I’ve encountered in real life. By the way, this product uses the Pinyin system of transliteration, and users may want to insert hyphens into some of the two-element given names (for example, spelling Xiaofan and Xiaolan as Xiao-Fan and Xiao-Lan) for easier reading. As a college professor, I’ve known dozens of Chinese students, and the names collected in this table seem authentic. However, I don’t speak Chinese, so I can’t speak with authority on this point. There are a few “runs” where one could wish for less similar names in sequence.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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ICONS: Jailbreak!
Publisher: Ad Infinitum Adventures
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/01/2012 01:39:25
Put your superheroes in the slammer, and pit them against a villain who’s part Arcade, part Riddler, and part Scarlet Witch—that’s what Eddy Webb helps you do in “Jailbreak.” The storyline is a winner and sure to be fun at your gaming table. Webb makes good use of temporary challenges, and gives good advice about running the riddle scenes. The major villain can be a load of laughs, and yet a serious threat at the same time; he’s a great candidate for a recurring villain. Aside from a few errors that slipped through—the most annoying being the inconsistent spelling of a major offstage personality’s name as “Bertram Lucky” (twice) and “Bertram Luck” (twice)—“Jailbreak” is one of the grammatically cleanest products that Adamant has published for ICONS. As always, Dan Houser’s art enriches the product. If you’re an ICONS GM, or you want to be, don’t hesitate to add “Jailbreak” to your collection.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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ICONS: The Skeletron Key
Publisher: Ad Infinitum Adventures
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/01/2012 00:13:20
In “The Skeletron Key,” Steve Kenson takes a fairly classic plotline of advanced technology run amok and turns it into a fun adventure for ICONS. The adventure is fairly straightforward, and shouldn’t be difficult for even a beginning GM to run, although it lacks some of the more direct (and useful) GM advice given in some of Adamant’s later ICONS adventures. In particular, inexperienced GMs would benefit from reading the advice given about GMing investigations on p. 9 of “Whiteout” by John Post and/or p. 12 of “The Mastermind Affair” by Morgan Davie before running “The Skeletron Key.” Since “The Skeletron Key” was the first published adventure for ICONS, Dan Houser’s artwork here was instrumental in reinforcing his fan-pleasing “ICONS style.” If you’re only interested in the villain Skeletron and not in his “origin story” adventure, you can find his stats in the Villainomicon instead. Admittedly, $5.00 seems a little steep for a PDF with only 12 pages of content, but perhaps not when compared with the price of a movie ticket or even a cup of gourmet coffee. Pesky punctuation errors aside, “The Skeletron Key” is a worthwhile addition to any ICONS library.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
ICONS: The Skeletron Key
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Ruined Gate (PFRPG)
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/31/2012 23:33:24
Since I don’t play Pathfinder and don’t know anything about the “ransomed” adventure to which this product is linked, I approached the “Ruined Gate” solely with an interest in the miniatures-scale battlemap. On that score, Jonathan Roberts does not disappoint. The map depicts a long U-shaped cavern corridor that bends around a small three-room gatehouse. It’s a nice standalone map, and the area descriptions are useful and suggestive even if you’re not running the larger linked adventure. Presumably, it just gets better if you link it with the other related maps (like the “Ruined Guardhouse”).

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring: Words of the Wise
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/30/2012 23:54:59
This short (11 pp.) adventure does a very fine job of introducing/illustrating the world, tone, and mechanics of The One Ring RPG. It has a reasonably fun storyline. Also, it will help GMs and players get to know the system, and will introduce the characters to important NPCs (the Elvenking of Mirkwood and Radagast the Brown)—a good start to a campaign.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The One Ring - Tales from Wilderland
Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/30/2012 23:54:41
The seven adventures in this collection could stand individually for enjoyable sessions of The One Ring, but serve more excellently as a series. The storylines will provide plenty of enjoyment for the players and challenges for the characters; the presentation makes the GM’s job easy, and parts of it are almost like a training course in how to GM The One Ring.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep
Publisher: Engine Publishing
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/30/2012 23:54:22
As my group’s primary DM, I can testify to the effort that game prep takes. In Never Unprepared, Phil Vecchione helps you to analyze your own strengths and weaknesses, and to use your new self-awareness to improve your prep experiences. No matter how experienced a GM you are or what type or genre of RPG you’re running, you’ll prepare better if you think consciously about your prep process. This book (which, by the way, is thoroughly bookmarked and appropriately hyperlinked in the PDF version) enables you to do just that.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Infinity Lounge
Publisher: Monkey House Games
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/30/2012 23:54:07
Your players will feel like they’ve stepped into an episode of the Twilight Zone when you introduce them to the Infinity Lounge. With plenty of possibilities for gladiator-style combat and potential for investigation and role-playing, the adventure also presents opportunities for frustration, as characters may find themselves simply sitting and waiting for their captors to act. The adventure has a few comic elements, but also some grisly ones. Except for the figure flats, artwork is minimal, but it’s all well done, and in full color. The production values are. generally fine; the storyline is okay, but not compelling.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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