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Westward Basic
Publisher: Wicked North Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/20/2018 18:45:46

This is a mashup of 4 genres; Steampunk, Western, Mecha, and Planetary Romance

It is an excellent planetary romance with a well developed alien world and ecology, including airships, exotic mounts, and lost technology. The bestiary is one of the best collection of alien beasties you're likely to find anywhere.

It is an excellent alternate-world western with a rich history and varied setting. Many factions and regions are described. Many oneshot adventures and even a plot point campaign are provided.

If they stopped right there 'Old West Planetary Romance' it would be an easy 5 star rating. But then there's a layer of steampunk and mecha slathered on top. Bad science, bad physics, bad economics.... Steampunk and mecha just don't make any sense. Especially when everything else makes so much sense. It just ruins what they've meticulously built by adding this huge dose of unreality.

Sometimes less is more. I can see running 'Westward' as a planetary romance with huge success. But as written I can give it no more than 4 stars. Which is still good, but short of it's potential.

The PDF is bookmarked. Has professional-quality full-colour art throughout. There are a few spelling and grammatical errors as well, but not many.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Azamar the RPG
Publisher: Wicked North Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/02/2018 22:32:18

A fairly generic Tolkienesque setting with elves, dwarfs, goblins, and a few varieties of humans. The best thing is the large dash of the cthulhu mythos. Most of the monsters are strange eldritch horrors which adds a definite feeling of horror and mystery to the setting. Well executed throughout, not quite revolutionary but a good blending of two fantasy staples.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Interface Zero 1.0
Publisher: Gun Metal Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/02/2018 22:29:46

A generic 'kitchen sink' cyberpunk setting. Cybernetics, hacking rules, psionics, cloning, genetic engineering, AIs... it's all there. As well as a ton of detail on this alternate timeline and 'near future' setting. Nothing revolutionary, but very solid and well written.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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City-States of Mars: Korium
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/02/2018 22:27:26

An excellent setting book. Huge amount of detail on the region, its cultures, political factions, and it's history. Tons of plot hooks which relate to the region. A large NPC gallery. Edited for easy reading rather than easy referencing during play.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Face of Mars
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/02/2018 22:25:58

An excellent dungeon crawl complete with memorable monsters and villains, a great story, and the opportunity for politicking. It is somewhat hamepered by bad editing and many spelling and grammatical errors.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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White Star: White Box Science Fiction Roleplaying [Swords & Wizardry]
Publisher: Barrel Rider Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/17/2018 00:38:50

An excellent OSR take on space opera.

7 Classes to choose from including 'Robot' and 2 kinds of Alien the 'Alien Brute' and 'Alien Mystic'

Very smooth, but combat focused, OSR gameplay. Check out the 'White Star Companion' for an easy way to make the mechanics less combat focused.

Excellent starship combat system and a large galley of example ships.

Psychic powers included in 2 flavours. Alien Gifts and 'Meditations of the Way' for 'Star Knights'

A very strong 'How to GM Space Opera' section with several example campaign modes

A large bestiary of aliens and adversaries.

An example star sector and intro adventure.

Black and white art throughout. The PDF is bookmarked.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Stars Without Number: Original Core Edition
Publisher: Sine Nomine Publishing
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/17/2018 00:33:28

Stars Without Number is a great accomplishment. Not just for an OSR, but for any RPG.

3 classes (Warrior, Psychic, Expert) supplemented by training and background packages (1 of each) to produce varied characters.

A strong selection of scifi gear and ships. With solid subsystems for customizing your own starship.

The mechanics are a bit clunky by modern standards but smooth by OSR standards. Very playable.

The setting is intriguing but minimal. A galaxy emerging from a dark age. A second chance to create a human Imperium among the stars.

Sector, Planet, Faction, Adventure, and Alien creation subsystems. A wonderful toolbox to build almost anything a GM might need.

A small bestiary and example sector.

A really excellent 'How to GM' section focusing on Sandbox Style play.

Black and white art throughout, very high quality. The PDF is bookmarked.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Bulldogs! (d20 Edition)
Publisher: Galileo Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/17/2018 00:21:18

40 pages of setting. 160 pages of d20 rules. A by-the-book d20 product

A very small basic setting.

A large cast of playable species mainly drawn from tolkien (space elves! space dwarves! space orcs! space drow!) or beastmen. A few of the species were suitably 'alien' for a more serious scifi game.

A collection of action oriented classes in classic d20 fashion. Don't look for scientists or diplomats here. Just lots of fighters and rogues. Each with their own wacky class features and speciifc combat niche to fill.

Basic equipment and starship rules

A few ideas on how to run pulp space adventures

The PDF is NOT bookmarked. Mostly black and white, but a few colour pieces. Excellent art quality throughout.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Adventure Module BL1-2: The Ruined Hamlet/Terror in the Gloaming
Publisher: Barrataria Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/23/2018 22:38:44

Excellent site based campaign with several locales presented in good detail. Just shy of being spectacular. If just a small amount more were included to expand the scope it would be an easy 5/5



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Fungus Forest
Publisher: Nash Press
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/23/2018 22:36:14

Amazing site-based adventure. An extensive cavern with many tribes and monsters occupying. Huge detail. Tons of plot hooks. Beautiful full colour maps.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Slipstream
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/23/2018 22:34:22

A wonderful Retro 'Rockets and Rayguns' style SciFi RPG. Look no further for Flash Gordon style adventures in a well thought out pulp setting covered in plot hooks.

A half dozen pulp-scifi style species to play as with good roleplaying details for each

A Large gazeteer of the Slipstream setting

A complete plot point campaign

A dozen 'Savage Tales' suitable for oneshots, sidequests or random encounters.

A random adventure generator

A large bestiary of pulp-scifi baddies and monsters

Full colour art throughout. The PDF is bookmarked.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Atlas of Mythika: Charybdis
Publisher: Legrand Games Studio
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/13/2018 16:57:44

Don't let the map fool you these kingdoms are inspired by sub-Saharan Africa. Steaming jungles, sunbaked Savanna, Lost Cities, and more!

Excellent, but brief, sourcebook for running African campaigns or incorporating that flavour into your larger RPG.

Black and white art of inconsitent quality. Some excellent art and some atrocious. The PDF is bookmarked.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Barbarians of Lemuria (Legendary Edition)
Publisher: Beyond Belief Games
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/09/2018 12:32:07

Innovative, Rules-Light Sword and Sorcery Gaming.

An innovative class-based system which does away with skill entirely. I usually disdain class-based systems for skill-based ones. But this one works. It treats each of the dozens of classes as its own skill. Makes it very easy to build a character and know exactly what he can do.

A very strong freeform magic system featuring 3 types of magic. Alchemy is used to make items and potions. Miracles are used to manipulate luck (narrative mechanics are no longer 'meta machenics'!) and a more standard sorcery system for 'generic mages'. All 3 feel very different and all 3 work very well.

A small gazeteer of the setting.

A small bestiary.

3 Sample adventures.

Black and white art throughout. The PDF is bookmarked.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Heroes Of Hellas
Publisher: Power Glyph Studio
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/09/2018 12:23:58

Sword and Sorcery adventures in Ancient Greece. The golden age of Atlantis is over, the petty Olympans have overthrown the benign Titans and now humanity suffers a dark age of war and monsters. One of the most complete and evocative RPGs I've seen in any genre.

Options for playing characters from a dozen greek city states as well as barbarians, centaurs, satyrs, and minotaurs.

An extensive gazeteer of the greek world as if the myths had all been real.

An intriguing mechanic for making sacrifices to the gods and enduring labours on their behalf. Makes 'narrative mechanics' part of the setting via the 'Favour of the Gods'

Rules for mass combat, battles, sea voyages, and sea battles.

An extensive bestiary of dozens of ancient greek monsters.

3 short introductory adventures.

Excellent black and white art throughout. The PDF is bookmarked.

Requires the Barbarians of Lemuria: Legendary Edition rulebook to play



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Sell-Swords of Mars
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by David D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/09/2018 12:15:04

The exact 'Martian Campaign' I've been hoping to write and run for years. Someone else beat me to it!

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars is invaded by HG Wells' Martians!

Tripods vs Sky Galleons! Red Men vs Grey Men!

A great romp through several intrigues, battles, and dungeons

One of the best 'Adventure Paths' I've seen published for any system.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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