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Novarium
Publisher: Chubby Funster
by Ryan M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/15/2012 19:59:46
Novarium is first off one of the most beautifully put together games than I have enountered in a long time. While this is superficial and largely unimportant it is worth mentioning up front. The art is amazing and the layout is eazy to read even on a computer screen.

It is the simple, elegant rules system that is both easy to learn and easy to follow. This is both a major strength and a minor weakness. It makes play easy and keeps things from bogging down in overly complex rules. On the other hand the system feels almost limited by that as well. There are no really complex combat maneuver rules presented in the rules. This leaves a lot of interperation up to the GM as far as what difficulty dice something should use.

The world is well put together. The design elements are solid and while the history could be epounded on a little more it's really not, especially for a free product, all that much of a detraction. In a sense it also helps with the dark ages feel of the world. The culture and religion are well documented and color the enite volume well which only serves to make the setting far more interesting.

The simple, class based character creation system is the only major detraction from the system. It is definately limiting in what a character is. There are only a handful of choices and only limited options to really customize the character. On one hand this forces the player to really role-play to make their character's unique and vital but for some players this is a major detraction, especially those who prefer dice mechanics to player interaction. On the other hand however, it does serve to reinforce the world rather well. The culture in the setting is very good about pidgeon holeing its citizens so the limited class options make sense in that respect, still a few more options would be nice.

Overall, it is a well put together system and an interesting read that is more than worth the price of admission. It's a rules-light system with an engaging and interesting world. Download Novarium and enjoy.

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Changeling: The Lost Character Sheet Pad
Publisher: White Wolf
by Ryan M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/13/2012 22:56:46
As a long tine GM I have found this to be a wonderful aid. The quick reference charts that are after the sheets are amazingly useful. They can really streamline a Changeling game and lets face it, it's Changeling. Rules are a definate second to the story even if the story can't exist without the rules. The reference really accellerates the flow of the game. As for the character sheets themselves, they are beautiful. Yes, other than the fact that they have Seeming Blessing and Curses on them there is no functional difference between these and the sheet from the book or those avaible elsewhere on line. However, appearance can add a great deal. The appearance of the sheet gives a sense of the time, energy, and love you put into your game. It completes things like stylish airbrushing on a muscle car. Sure, it's extraneous but damn it's cool.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Changeling: The Lost Character Sheet Pad
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