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A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide: A Game of Thrones Edition
by Albert R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/26/2014 16:42:31
Overall this is a great primer for anyone new to the setting of A Song of Ice and Fire with lots of surface details on all the major locations in the series as well as many minor ones. Included are sections depicting life in Westeros in the various regions as well as a comprehensive history for each along with brief rundowns of known major and minor noble houses. Along with the fluff are statistics for the major characters.

As for what this guide is lacking, the complete lack of statistics for any of the houses or even a listing of their forces is sorely missing and enough for me to shave a star off of what would overwise have easily been a five star product. Overall I'd still reccommend this product even to non role players who are fans of the novels or the show.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Fate Freeport Companion
by Paul M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/20/2014 07:37:20
Definitely a must for fantasy gamers of Fate. Freeport has always been one of my favorite settings for D20, and now that I've been playing Fate, it was an easy decision to pick it up. And it didn't disappoint. It is of the same quality of writing and illustration that I found in my earlier Freeport books. And I found that it works as the best guide I've found to converting D20 stuff to Fate. It's kind of like a mix of Fate Core and Fate Accelerated, with it's use of the all-familiar STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, and CHA instead of a core list of skills. The magic system has been invaluable too for my starting fantasy campaign for Fate. So if you want to play in one of the best settings for fantasy gaming in any setting, get it. Or if you want a good way to convert all that D20 material you have to the Fate system, get it.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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AGE Bestiary: Alien Horrors
by Austin K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/12/2014 05:53:33
AGE Bestiary: Alien Horrors is an excellent addition to the AGE system.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Supernatural Handbook
by Billy L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/28/2013 14:47:46
This book was a surprise for me. It complements all of the usual contents of Mutants & Masterminds books with the excellent layout and art, but the content is spectacular. It is the best horror supplement I have read since Chill, or Deadlands Classic Book o' the Dead. The sections on running a super-hero/supernatural game are an excellent resource.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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DC ADVENTURES Hero's Handbook
by Billy L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/28/2013 14:44:43
The title says it all. This is Mutants & Masterminds with a DC dress and it is a necessity for DC fans and M&M players.

This book gives a broad description of the DC game world and the important characters. This was my first introduction to Mutants & Masterminds and sold me on the system in general. It is my favorite M&M supplement before the Supernatural Handbook.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Wild Cards SCARE Sheet 13: Stuntman
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/01/2013 12:05:40
Being invulnerable is kind of handy if you want to be a stuntman, but poor Stuntman wants the limelight for himself rather than being someone's unacclaimed stunt double. The backstory is good, although it would be improved with some consistency in tense, telling of how a kid desperate to impress his athlete father found that sporting and academic success eluded him, whilst even winning American Hero didn't bring enough rewards to please his old man.

This leads to an over-eagerness to achieve at any costs which is, for the time being at least, curbed by recruitment into SCARE... but perhaps he's playing the long game?

Be that as it may, a colour illustration and full stat sheet are provided, as usual, to enable you to use Stuntman as an ally, player-character or, well, however you want. Whilst athletic and with a high pain threshold, his sole 'super' ability is that of regeneration, which kicks in at the broken bone level of damage.

Quite a neat character, well-devised.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Fate Freeport Companion
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/10/2013 10:24:03
Freeport has been a jewel of a place for fantasy adventurers to visit since its first appearance as the backdrop for the adventure Death in Freeport back in 2000, a very early third party D20 adventure (and, yes, I still have my copy). Since then the place has grown and developed culminating in The Pirates Guide to Freeport (2007) written as a systemless guide to the city supplemented by a range of system-specific 'Companions' for different rulesets... and here's the FATE one, providing all the game mechanical information you need to make the most of this wonderful setting in your FATE games.

It opens with Chapter 1: Character Creation. This explains more than just building appropriate characters, it helps you and your group decide just what sort of game you wish to play in Freeport, and then create a party appropriate to your concept. It blends information from the FATE Core rules (which you'll need to make the most of this book) with setting-specific details to facilitate customising characters to players' vision and the overarching concept intended for your game.

Next Chapter 2: Magic and Spellcasting takes a look at these important fantasy elements, showing how they can be modelled using the FATE ruleset. The use of magic in Freeport includes risks of corruption and madness, brought on by using magic for evil (or even merely selfish) ends and dabbling in dark secrets and Things That Should Not Be, so take care what you do.

Chapter 3: Wealth and Gear covers the character's money and possessions. In FATE a lot gets abstracted, each character is assumed to have most of the basic stuff necessary for whatever he does, and only specific items like weapons, armour and magic items. However if a skill you wish to perform requires specific tools or equipment, make sure that you have them with you!

Then Chapter 4: Creatures of Freeport and Chapter 5: Denizens of Freeport cover the beasties and sentient inhabitants of the city respectively, applying the appropriate FATE mechanics to provide them with the necessary stat blocks to use them in play. A lot of the Denizens chapter is filled with 'generic' characters, the people the party will encounter on the streets as they move around - from beggars and thugs to merchants and nobles - but there is also a goodly number of 'notable' characters: named NPCs whom they may meet and who certainly wield some influence in town.

The remainder of the book is devoted to an adventure, Fury in Freeport, designed to introduce some newly minted characters to this fascinating and treacherous city. It is replete with mysteries to investigate, deadly brawls, undead and evil villains and provides a good jumping-off point for a whole Freeport campaign as by the end of it the characters should have a good feel for the city and its past, and know quite a few people there. Neatly, it is suggested that the characters are newly arrived in town, so the players can learn about the city even as their characters do, avoiding the awkwardness that results when the characters ought to know stuff that their players do not.

If you play FATE and want to visit Freeport, or like Freeport and wish to try out the FATE ruleset, this is well worth reading as it brings the two together extremely well.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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AGE Bestiary: Giants
by Scott B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/06/2013 00:54:10
AGE Bestiary: Giants is the latest pdf release for the AGE system from Green Ronin. It is a short pdf at only 6 pages of content, but it only costs $1.99.

The first section of the pdf offers some very brief background material and game master advice. The background material really feels too brief to be useful, but the game master advice is a little better even though it is still pretty brief. For the most part, I feel like this section could have been much better if it were tied to a specific setting rather than trying to be generic.

The second section presents three monsters. The three monsters are the lesser giant, greater giant, and cyclops. The generic giants are relatively simple brute monsters with high Constitution and Strength scores, good armor, and high damage attacks. The most interesting part of their stats are two powers, Big and Stand Still So I Can Smash You, that together differentiate the giants from other monsters. Big tweaks the costs of some stunts to help a giant feel big and lumbering, and Stand Still So I Can Smash You makes it harder for giants to hit targets smaller than themselves. The cyclops is similar to the lesser giant with a few slightly different stats and a Divine Favor stunt that can provide it with a lasting boon.

The third section offers two templates for modifying existing monsters. The first can be used on the giants presented in the previous section to give them elemental powers similar to those possessed by fire, frost, stone, and storm giants in Dungeons & Dragons. Since fire and frost giants are my favorite giant varieties from D&D, I was pretty happy to see this section. The template has 3 levels (elite, heroic, and epic) with each adding more powers. I particularly like the spell stunts added in the higher levels. The other template can be used to make giant-sized version of non-giant monsters. For example, it could be used to create a giant’s hunting dogs. It also come in 3 levels with each offering the same Big power possessed by the giants.

The final section of the pdf offers a couple of extras for giant-themed games. The first is a half-giant character background. The half-giant looks like it would make a terrifying warrior since it offers multiple boosts to Strength and Constitution as well as allowing two-handed weapons to be used in a single hand. The second extra is a set of abilities for giant-slaying weapons.

If you’re a fan of the AGE system, then I think AGE Bestiary: Giants is a great use of a couple of dollars. I’m not sure how well giants fit in the Dragon Age setting, but the book should let you cover all of the common D&D giant types if you want to run D&D-inspired fantasy with the AGE system.

(this review was originally published at http://glimmsworkshop.com/2013/08/27/age-bestiary-giants/)

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Dragon Age Faces of Thedas: Varric
by Devin P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/11/2013 00:27:12
If you're buying the Dragon Age RPG stats for Varric, you expect to get details on both the character and maybe some suggestions on how to use him in your Dragon Age game. Faces of Thedas: Varric delivers on both.

Even if you've played through Dragon Age II (as I have), you may still find some of the extra information given in this supplement useful as well as entertaining. Mary Kirby's interview gives some solid advice on how to capture Varric's personality and goals while portraying him in-game. The suggestions on how to include Varric in your own games are helpful; it's true that I could probably have come to some of the same conclusions myself after some brainstorming and research on the Dragon Age wiki, but the whole point of buying a product like this is so that I don't have to.

The details on using Contacts, signature items for characters (like Bianca), and applying Set 2's masterwork rules to locations (such as the Hanged Man) are icing on the cake; simple but useful rules that I think will improve my own games.

Chances are, if you're considering purchasing this supplement, you're doing it for the same reasons I am (to see how Varric and Bianca look in the AGE system, likely with an eye toward having him show up in your game). You'll get that (two versions of Varric, in fact, at level 1 and level 5) as well as a few other goodies. If your players have been wanting their characters to swagger around in stylish leather dusters, here's your chance to hand them out.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mutants & Masterminds Gadget Guide: Nanotech
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/12/2013 08:24:51
Nanotech is fun... and a bit scary. It's certainly worth exploring in regard to your Mutants & Masterminds characters either as a way for them to gain powers or as the way in which their powers operate.

It's all about manipulation at a molecular level. Aspects that have clear applications include monofilament and smart materials capable of adapting to their surroundings - perhaps you do not wish to waste time finding a telephone box (if you can, these days) when it is time to spring into action, so you could use smart material that can transform from a business suit to your superhero costume at time of need!

If you want to make stuff using nanotechnology, this probably falls under Inventing, especially if it is not a prevalent and common technology in your campaign world.

There's a whole bunch of ideas here, things that inventive characters can tinker with and any character could use if he could but find someone to make it for him. A particularly helpful application is nanobot 'surgeons' that float around in your bloodstream and repair any injury. If you want to weaponise Nanotech, go for monofilament swords or whips, or concoct an exotic nano-toxin.

The possibilities are endless...

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Wild Cards SCARE Sheet 10: Rustbelt
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/12/2013 07:33:36
This details the rather sad story of Rustbelt, a none-too-bright but compassionate Joker whose powers reside in an iron skin ('armour') and the ability to rust anything of iron or steel at a touch.

The backstory is comprehensive and details a massive adventure based around a vist to Africa in an attempt to rescue an orphan he'd been supporting there. It would actually make a good adventure in its own right if you prefer that to having it in the character's history.

The delight here is how ordinary Rustbelt is, how human despite the grotesque appearance of a lumbering metal creature who is somewhat lacking in the intelligence department. It's clear that he just wants to be the best person that he can be, and will use his powers just as he'd use any other ability to do good whenever he can. OK, so he's a bit niaf and trusting. So what, he's nice, he's one of the good guys.... and someone you'd like around in a pinch, provided you are a good guy too.

Complete with full character sheet, illustrations and datafile. A nice addition to the 'crew' of characters.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Wild Cards
by Steven H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/09/2013 20:45:31
This is a fantastic book. It is not only a role-playing book, but a full on encyclopedia of everything Wild Card.

It starts out with a history of the Wild Card virus with a walk through of the books. This is the first time I, personally, have ever seen a layout of the books and an outline of each book, in each series. It makes it so much easier to hunt down the Wild Card books, which are hard to find nowadays.

I compared this incredible book to the GURPS Wild Card book and was amazed at the difference. This book is so much more. It is well over 100 pages bigger, more in depth and full of details that the GURPS version glosses over.

The section on locations is invaluable, as it positions characters from the books and explains what happened where and why.

The book goes very in depth on the Takisians, which has been needed for years and it also has a large section on the Swarm, which plays an important part in the books.

The individual entries are great, as the important characters are really fleshed out...like Cap'N Trips who gets almost 4 pages for himself and then a page or 2 for each of his alter-egos. Very nice.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, not only for the plethora of Role Playing information, but for the directions in which it can be used and blended with other games besides Mutants & Masterminds. Imagine Wild Cards Basic Action Super Heroes (BASH) or All Flesh Must Be Eaten (AFMBE) Wild Cards.

(from the book itself):
Chapter 1 looks at the wild card virus itself and how it works, along with spin-off innovations like the Trump, Black Trump, and Overtrump viruses.
Chapter 2 details the history of the Wild Cards world, from before the arrival and release of the virus to the present day, with an emphasis on the events of the Wild Cards books.
Chapter 3 describes New York City, the epicenter of the wild card phenomenon, home of Jokertown and many important characters and locations from the series.
Chapter 4 makes up the bulk of the book, as it describes many of the prominent characters of the Wild Cards stories, including detailed histories and Mutants & Masterminds game information.
Chapter 5 looks at different organizations, factions, and groups in the world of Wild Cards, past and present.
Chapter 6 gets into how to use the Wild Cards setting with Mutants & Masterminds, providing wild card character creation, rule options, Gamemaster advice, and a variety of series frameworks and adventure ideas.
Ante-Up is an introductory Mutants & Masterminds adventure set in the world of Wild Cards, where the players can learn what it’s like to draw the wild card and find themselves thrust into a strange new world.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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DC ADVENTURES Universe
by Kyle R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/28/2013 14:38:20
One of the best setting books I have ever read. Can't wait till they have more releases.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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DC ADVENTURES Universe
by Chris F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/17/2013 14:12:48
DC Adventures Universe is easily the best of Green Ronin's DCU campaign guides. More than the two alphabetized character rosters, Universe really captures the feel of the classic DCU as a place of oddities, awesome second string heroes, obscure trivia and wonders. I've barely begun reading through Universe, but I've already discovered some neat things I never knew about the DCU. Universe is a great historic record of the DCU post Infinite Crisis and pre-Flashpoint, presenting fans with a very complete look at the universe as it stood just a few years back. As always, presentation is wonderful, and the comic art used is well chosen and neatly laid out. I'm hoping Green Ronin gives us some more DC sourcebooks in the future. I'd love to see more Legion of Superheros related content, because the 31st Century has enough plothooks for a dozen gaming hardbacks, as well as a second volume of Universe dealing the places and planets of the New 52 DCU.
CHRIS

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Mutants & Masterminds Gadget Guide: Heavy Weapons
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/16/2013 10:39:24
OK, heavy weapons are not the first things that spring to mind when you think of superheroes (most of them are more lethal than that with their powers!), however when the likes of Godzilla or a supervillain is on the rampage local law enforcement or the military are liable to reach for anything from machine guns to missiles and beyond to nuclear weapons and even planet busting bombs..

We start off with rules for targeting and effect before looking at some more specific weapons: machine guns, artillery, missiles, nuclear weapons and a wonderful catch-all, super-science weapons. For each weapon type there is a fair bit of specific detail to enable you to adjudicate and describe their effects when used.

A lot of this is quite over-the-top, verging on weapons of mass destruction, and may have no place in your game. In a way, it's not really what superheroes are all about. However, it is easy to imagine how panicked governments - particularly if they are unaware of the capabilities of any superheroes contemplating coming to their rescue - might reach for their arsenal of heavy weapons when under threat. Indeed, I can imagine a scenario in which the superheroes are as much engaged in pleading with local authorities not to use them as they are in dealing with the threat that caused their deployment. Certain superpowers also may be employed to nullify or curtail the effects of weapons used by terrified authorities too... hmm. There's more scope here than I thought when I first opened the product, always a good sign.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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