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Hollowpoint
Publisher: VSCA Publishing
by Jared H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/21/2011 21:20:35
While it may not be for everyone, Hollowpoint truly excels in its niche. That niche is experienced gamers who prioritize a strong narrative over finicky task-resolution details. While the spirit of the game as written encourages the creation of heartless killers, the rule set is more than flexible enough to encompass other play styles.

Highlights:
- Quick! The first Hollowpoint session I ran took 2.5 hours. That included introducing the players to the rules (3 out of 4 had never looked at the game before), creating characters, and playing out a full mission (4 combats and 2 narrated skill checks). This is an absolutely ideal rule set for pickup games and one-offs.
- Flexible. With minor tweaks this system could be used to represent nearly any genre. For the rules to function smoothly, you just need a setting that allows teamwork, hyper-competency and frequent character death (and replacement).

Limitations:
- Commitment to narration. Players who aren't interested in coming up with cool narration for their character's actions may find the game a little disengaging. Since it lacks mechanics for specific task resolution, everyone involved needs to have some degree of improvisational storytelling skill to really enjoy.
- Short term. Since some of the core mechanics revolve around frequent character death, Hollowpoint as written isn't suitable for long campaigns that depend on persistent characters. You could probably make it work if you really wanted to, but there are a lot of other systems that would work better.

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Diaspora
Publisher: VSCA Publishing
by Jared H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/16/2011 22:21:02
Picked this up at the recommendation of a friend of a friend and have been extremely happy with the purchase. The FATE system is beautifully flexible and the mini-games added in Diaspora really round out the storytelling possibilities.

My original hope was just to find something different from 4e but Diaspora has proven to be much more than that. Hell, the cluster and character creation portions alone are worth the price of admission!

Highly recommended for anyone looking for a relatively free-form system that focuses on storytelling over rules minutiae.

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