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Stars Without Number: Free Edition
by David D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/07/2017 12:28:46

'Traveler through the lens of a retro-clone'.

3 Classes to choose from (Warrior, Expert, and, Psychic). Lots of Gear, Starship Rules. A fast and simple core mechanic. All the basics are covered right there.

The best part of the product is the Planet, Alien, and Faction Generators and Rules. Very similar to Traveller in that regard but tweaked enough to make the purchase worthwhile for fans of that kind of game.

Also includes a very limited setting, and an essay on 'Sandbox Play' which is interesting if potentially controversial.

The art is black and white and pretty basic. The PDF is bookmarked



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Scarlet Heroes
by Wes S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2017 12:42:11

This is a really good solo/single player system. It is well thought out, with consideration given to all the aspects of one player combating a large number of foes. The weakest part of the game is the attempt at a setting (the World of the Red Tide) which is kind of a strange hybrid of Asian/Nordic/something else cultures that probably doesnt resonante with a western audience. This, of course, nuances the monsters and magic that is in the system to something that again, just doesnt resonate with me.

But...you can toss all that out and readjust the monsters from your D&D, Pathfinder, C&C or whatever and work your home brew campaign, so it is all good. Full disclosure, I play Castles and Crusades (mostly solo) and I haven't found any particular issue with adjusting to this type of a combat system. The instructions for doing so are quite clear and if you don't wish to spring for this module, you can go cheaper and buy the author's conversion set Solo Heroes, which covers the same ground for any generic D&D style system.



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The Storms of Yizhao: An Adventure for Godbound
by Dominik W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/15/2017 13:08:52

This adventure has a great story, is true to its sandbox origins and helps the GM to run an interisting and exciting adventure for their players.



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Stars Without Number: Core Edition
by Dillard R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/29/2017 13:59:40

Perplexed by the System. Why do I need to roll 2d6 for skills and 1d20 for combat? System is full of inconsistencies, but don't worry the author is preparing a new Kickstarter for summer 2017. He has made lots of changes just visit his Google + page to see all the changes he is planning, including a total revamp of the system. Don't buy this. Download the free version and wait for the new updated version to come out.

The setting is a blast. The generators for worlds, factions, and adventures are great. Just get the stuff for free.



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Creator Reply:
Honestly, you vote down this game because it adheres to old-school mechanisms? You do realize this is an OSR game and that both D&D and Traveller were chief influences and that this game sort of pays homage to them, right? Sure, you are perfectly allowed to dislike it, no problem. But weighing this so highly against hundreds of pages of sci-fi goodness (which you seem to enjoy) is beyond me.
Stars Without Number: Core Edition
by mark b. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/28/2017 18:13:16
A fantastic system, with all the detail you would expect but creating a new cut above the rest feel. However, the author is currently revising these rules as of this review (July 2017) and the Beta Core rules are out there for you to download (quick google search to locate). It has, IMHO, polished any edges and is now looking to redefine who sits at the top of Sci-Fi RPG. Take a look, you won’t be disappointed.

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Polychrome: Cyberpunk Adventure for Stars Without Number
by Christopher W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/27/2017 01:28:48

First off, this is a world book. I went in expecting something akin to skyward steel or relics of the lost but that's not what this is, but that's a fault of my lack of research rather than the book itself. It adds some new features to hacking but these are quite shallow compaired to the 2E beta and mostly ammount to examples of hacking activities and only really add the basic idea of a false sin from shadow run and while personally the idea of making a fake identity seems pretty basic to me, the examples/rules might help other people. The book also gives some expanded examples on criminal activity but again I personally find this stuff pretty obvious and you could probably find a larger amount of more indepth examples in a reddit thread. On a second point the cyberware was Seriously disappointing for a "cyberpunk" adventure. It has 17 implants/augments 5 of which of which are included in the 2E Beta and while this made them first it doesn't change the fact that they are now available for free. The most interesting one not in the beta isn't even in the cybernetic's section nor a general implant but rather an piece of equipment that constitutes the book's contribution to psionics.

All in all, I don't feel this is a worth while purchase now that 2e beta is out and mostly finished. I also feel you could probably get a larger quantity of equal or greater quality cyberpunk themed rules and equipment from free forums such as reddit, RPGGeek, or even /tg/



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Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes (Deluxe Edition)
by Adam B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/13/2017 17:37:06

Just a fantastic game. Perfect combination of OSR simplicity and well-described abstraction in the demigod powers. The mechanics that allow the characters to change the world around them with ease fit perfectly into the design of the game and are easy to work with and against as a GM.



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Ancalia: The Broken Towers
by Adam B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/13/2017 17:34:32

Fantastic supplement. I had already started a game in Ancalia when I picked this up so I'm not going strictly by-the-book, but there's still plenty of material I can pull out and use where I need it.



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Stars Without Number: Core Edition
by Aaron H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/26/2017 17:05:13

I love this system! Yes, there is a new version in progress, but this one is definitely worth it in the meantime.

The system is highly customizable. Character creation in the core book is very simple. The game itself moves pretty fast and leaves plenty of room for improvisation on the fly, including a bunch of tables in the back of the book for randomly rolling NPCs, names, corporations, religions, etc.



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Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes (Free Edition)
by Carl A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/23/2017 23:27:57

In short, an ode to regular D&D rules without the all the races to deal with.



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Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes (Free Edition)
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Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes (Free Edition)
by David J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/19/2017 23:30:59

A delightful combination of D&D, THe Primal Order and Exalted that avoids the clunky elements of each of those systems. Unlike a lot of freebies quite adequately playable as is. Highly recommended.



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The Storms of Yizhao: An Adventure for Godbound
by Steven S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/11/2017 03:14:08

Honestly, while there are a few bits of entertaining writing in this adventure, this really isn't something I could ever feel comfortable with running for ANY group. For those who might be interested in spite of this, I don't want to simply give away the plot, but I will say that the book devotes several pages to describing a serial rape which is central to the adventure.



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The element in question is a rework of Feng Menglon's 17th-century story "Prince Wang Burns Down Precious Lotus Monastery", from his Xingshi Hengyan. While some groups may not be comfortable with historical fiction and the outcomes those works celebrated, that's... kind of the point. The PCs are Godbound. Something terrible has happened, something also terrible is going to happen, and they have the power to change things to a better and more humane outcome. Some groups may prefer not to play an adventure where rape has been a prior ingredient to the situation, and those groups are indeed probably best off not playing this. Other groups get a great deal of enjoyment out of introducing a serial rapist and the social mores they manipulate to their own personal pantheon of divine vengeance.
An Echo, Resounding: A Sourcebook for Lordship and War
by Brian K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/25/2017 13:20:37

This is an amazing resource. A really great way to set up a sandbox campaign in general and even more amazing when combined with the Domain and Faction rules presented.

It really strikes a stark contrast with the way domain management is handled in ACKS and other similar systems that inherit their rules from the BECMI. These rules are much more freeform and adaptable, and can implemented to handle different levels of DM preperation.



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Stars Without Number: Free Edition
by Ian N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/20/2017 20:24:30

A big and detailed book explaining all the rules for playing Stars Without Number, a great sci-fi game with elements of old-school D&D. The book includes tons of help for new GMs as well.



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Silent Legions Art Pack
by Jesse B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/21/2017 09:23:38

Great art and thanks for adding to the community NSA!



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