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The Sentinels
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Damon B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/06/2011 22:11:23
I have several issues with this product. To start with the most glaring, half of the files are Corel PORs, not very useful without an enhanced graphics program that can open them. Why not the more standard gif or jpg, or even PDFing them like the others?

The layout is sub-optimal, since if you're reading them instead of printing them you have to scroll past large stat blocs to resume the text. This could easily have been prevented if the M&M2E style of having the stats up top and the text below had been adhered to.

The characters feel unfinished, if not bland. Unsurprisingly, the one that's the most developed (Ultramarine) is also the only one with three pages. The Rook also has potential (homage characters having almost as long a pedigree as Masked Adventurers), but pretty much comes off as a less stalkerish version of Blackbird II From Frredom's Most Wanted.

Most damning of all, it makes Emerald City seem like a rather boring place to play.

It does get a star for the Villain Notes, since at least three of the 'heroes' feel more like villain of the week material. Another star for the price, which makes this easier to take a chance on.

I'm sure several of these issues will be addressed when the writers revise the product after they develop a better feel for what they want the Em City to be, but until then it just doesn't do it for me.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Creatures of the Wastelands: Mutational Evolution
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Damon B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/29/2010 22:52:40
For the second time, I bought a CotW product. And for a second time, I like it enough to review it.

On my first review, I made a complaint about the lack of a few tables that hindered the book, since you needed to carry the core book as well. Not only did they patch that with an update, but they remembered the feedback when writing Mutational Evolution. That's worth a note.

Each book had a hidden gem. Last time, it was the nanite-infused rocks, a nice concept even if I still have no clue how to use it. This time, it is the four family trees. Not just because they help put everything in sequence, but because you can print them out, stick them on the wall and flip between the mini-essays in the front and the creature descriptions, tracking how things grew, changed and died.

This makes the book more useful than not only pretty much every other Make A Monster product (most of which help generate one-off oddballs instead of genera and families) but also beats my biology school books hollow.

How many game products can you say that about?

For the tl:dr crowd, this not only gives you four groups of monsters to use, you get the tools to make many more. And you might even learn something to boot.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Creatures of the Wastelands: A Menagerie of Mutants and Mutations
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Damon B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/06/2009 05:15:35
I'll be honest up front and say I know both the author and one of the artists. And their work has improved beyond even the high standard I'd already come to expect.

The complaints I have are few, but annoying.

1. Editing. It is generally good, but the occasional suprise appears, as well as mole bears suddenly becoming more bears. I can fix this on a print-out, but another read-through would be a good preventative measure.

2. The lack of the radiation and poison tables leads to an excessive amount of flipping back and forth between pages in different books. Room for these could easily be found by excising the two completely irrelevant colonial illustrations that were tacked into a monster and creature book for some unfathomable reason.

Other than those issues, the work is good approaching excellent. The final rank will depend on whether my players survive their first encounter with a whistling shrub in about a week and a half.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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