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Sage and Sand Post-Apocalyptic RPG
par Stephen Y. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 01/20/2015 13:39:30
Sage & Sand is a D6 system; with each level in a particular skill giving you a D6.
For example, if you have Medic level 2, you roll 2D6, and compare the result of each D6 against the Target Number (TN) of the task.
Very Easy is 2-6, Easy task is 3-6, Average is 4-6, Difficult is 5-6, Extremely Difficult is 6.
So an Average difficulty is 4-6 on a D6.
Artwork: pencil drawn.
The PDF is printer friendly.

The system has a magic/rituals section (some of it Cthulhu based); so you could have a fantasy setting.
You could change the 'spells' to psionics with some work.

The armour section has 4 types (leather, kevlar, plate, and scale); so mostly fantasy again. You could add some modern/future types.
Weapons: mostly fantasy types again (melee p17, ranged p23).

You could give the apocalypse theme a fantasy setting, as technology is very uncommon.

Although you could use the rules to make a fantasy setting, apart from the apocalypse setting described in the book.

The publisher website has no resources, forum etc, to expand the game. It'll be up to you and the players.

All in all, not a bad system.
Out of 49 pages, 47 are the game (including contents & index list).
At £5.28, it's not too bad.

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ASTRAL CONFLICT Spaceship Wargaming 2.0
par Bill S. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 03/28/2014 15:30:55
I have bought many rules here and these were the worst. It is badly formatted and rules have no depth. You could create a better wargame in 5 minutes.

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Raze the Castle!
par Patricio C. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 07/04/2013 20:42:28
The product could have been written with a better layout, I think the author did not take enough time to make a visually appealing product. The system is ok, but the organization of the material does not folllow a logical sequence since I had to navigate up and down to find the tables I was looking for.

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Roar of the Crowd Advanced Edition
par Jay D. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 09/12/2011 10:18:41
Gladiators battling it out in an arena is an awesome setting but Roar of the Crowd tries to take it beyond pure weapons and man by including Magic and Dragons.
It's not a bad idea to simulate a man vs magical beast but they should have either spent more time focusing of the core component of man vs man and saved the fantasy aspect for a supplement.

The biggest disappointment is in the formatting of the document: it's formatted in landscape mode but the text is a single column right in the middle of the page.

Final thoughts: meh.

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Raze the Castle!
par John D. S. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 09/13/2007 12:07:47
This game is pretty fun and exactly what it sets out to be: A simple wargame. It's only six pages long so there's not a lot to cover. You manage resources, build buildings and attack your enemies. The rules aren't always 100% clear but are so straightforward this shouldn't be a huge problem. And for this price, how can you possible go wrong? I recommend this to anyone who isn't too picky about presentation and just wants a quick little wargame that costs about the same as a chocolate bar.

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ASTRAL CONFLICT Spaceship Wargaming 2.0
par John R. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 07/04/2006 00:00:00
Great space game. A real joy to play. Easy and fast moving. Well worth the cost.


LIKED: All of it.

DISLIKED: None.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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We thank you for your comment John. Version 2.0 of Astral Conflict is set to come out soon, incorporating all of the supplements with added material. We will be sure to send you a complimentary copy. Thank You again.
Clash of Steel Miniatures Rules Published Version 2.0
par Andrew B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Ajoutée: 06/28/2006 00:00:00
First of all, the Clash Steel PDF isn?t very pretty. The only graphics are a smattering of uninspiring clip art selections. The entire thing is presented on a pseudo parchment brown background, which looks terrible when printed in greyscale. There is also some wasted space, and some of the charts could have been better organized. This is a small press publication, and I understand that, so I?m willing to look past the presentation and focus on the rules. Still, in a world of free PDF generators and open-source word processing programs, I can?t help but think the book?s rough appearance could have been easily polished.

For my playtest, I decided to pit a small group of human rabble against a host of well-trained elven archers. The idea was to pit superior numbers against a small force of well-trained troops. When designing my armies, I can across my first problem: how many points should I use? The book doesn?t give you any idea what the rules consider to be an ?average? force. Without any frame of reference, I simply picked an arbitrary number: 500. The resulting army was too small at that number, so I doubled it to 1,000. The two 1,000 point armies looked something like this:

Humans: 20 spearmen, 10 archers, 1 scout, and a mounted knight commander.
Elves: 10 archers, 9 light cavalry, 1 wizard commander.

Not a massive host by any means, but a respectable clash of some 50 participants. More rules issues came up while I was developing the Elven force. First, I found the rules for wizards somewhat unclear. The way they are written, with a few rules before the spell descriptions and few after, makes for slightly confusing reading.

My second problem dealt with mounted characters. Adding a mount to a figure adds about 15 points (a human soldier with no weapons or armor costs 10 points). The book then gives you stats for mounts, but doesn?t tell you how those stats interact with the stats of the rider. For example, it?s fairly obvious that a mounted character should use his horse?s movement rate instead of his own. But what if the horse has a better protection value (i.e. armor)? Can enemies attack the horse, just the rider, or either? In the case of the warhorse, it?s a better fighter than a human armed with a shortsword, so why give the horse a rider at all? I can think of lots of metagame reasons why a horse must have a rider, but the rules don?t really support them.

While I was actually playing, I found myself forced to improvise a lot of rules using previous wargame experience and common sense as a guide. When it came to movement, I had to assume that units (groups of more than 3 figures) move as a cohesive whole. The rules don?t actually say. Another vague area was the rules for commanders. A commander gets a higher initiative score, grants a reroll, costs an extra 20 points?and apparently does nothing else. The rules are unclear on who exactly gets the reroll. Can I apply it to any of my figures once a round, or is it only the leader? Most wargames give commanders certain bonuses that they can impart on nearby troops, or at least give some meaningful penalty for losing a leader. In Clash of Steel, the only thing that happens if your commander dies is you lose your reroll. The book does say ?some objectives for battle missions might include killing the enemy army?s commander.? Great! Except, what is a battle mission? What other objectives might they have? I guess that?s up to you, since the rules are completely silent on the matter.

There are a lot of other rules missing from the game. The spell ?Sun Rays? grants immunity to the breath weapons of blue dragons, but Clash of Steel provides no game stats for dragons, blue or otherwise. Where are the rules for charging? What benefit does flanking provide?

And then, there?s morale. To me, morale is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of warfare simulation. Few battles in reality end with one side killing off all the members of the other. In Clash of Steel, unfortunately, the morale system is just a quick, tacked-end paragraph that?s clearly labeled as optional. The system is overly simplistic and not very satisfying.

Victory itself is totally ambiguous. The rules mention that the players may agree to a certain number of turns before hand, but they give no clear means of establishing which player is the winner when the agreed upon number of turns expire. In the end, it?s apparently up to you. Clash of Steel has done about half the work for you, and leaves a lot of decisions and interpretations up to the players.

The strengths of Clash of Steel lie in the book?s only stated goal: fast and easy to learn. It?s very fast, at least partially because most characters die pretty quickly. Combat is fairly intuitive and uses an easy to learn system of hits and saves. Unfortunately, there?s very little to make Clash of Steel stand above other wargames on the market. It?s fast and easy to learn, but it really lacks depth.

There are hints of cool things in some of the supplementary rules. The rules for sieges are clever, although obviously suited to very small skirmishes. The looting and destiny rules are kind of neat as well. None of this really makes up for the rules that are lacking from the core of the game.


LIKED: The main strength of this game is its simplicity. The combat mechanics are quick to learn and work pretty well on the battlefield. If you?re looking for a very quick and dirty set of rules for running a miniatures battle, you may find something you like here.

DISLIKED: Clash of Steel feels like it was written rather hastily. While the core of the system (roll to hit, target then rolls a save) works pretty well, the rest of the rules are overly simplistic or incomplete. Some of the most common aspects of wargames (meaningful commanders, tactical bonuses, morale) are incomplete. There is very little advice on running a campaign, setting up a battle, or how to use these rules in general. In the final analysis, I really can?t recommend Clash of Steel.

QUALITY: Disappointing

VALUE: Disappointed


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Publisher Reply:
We are sorry you didn't like our ruleset. A couple of issues/rules are left for the player to decide and create, I agree. But this is one of the main points of the game, fast and quick-to-learn (like you mention). Also, it is intended as a springboard, to be intended to inspire the buyer to invent new rules and make the game as complex as they see fit. Morale will be covered in a later supplement, but it was covered only slightly in version 2.0 for a reason. Most wargamers we have played with do not it when like half their army runs away in the game. They say they didn't paint minis and put them on the board to not have them fight. Yes this is unrealistic. But the genres for these rules are fantasy and science fiction. Again, thank you for the comments and the game will updated later this year.
Raze the Castle!
par Chris J. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 02/22/2006 00:00:00
Nice simple game, suitable for playing with youngsters and newcomers to the hobby.


LIKED: Interesting concept, straightforward game design. Good value for the money.

DISLIKED: Writing could have been a little tighter, but this is not a significant problem.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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Publisher Reply:
Chris, we thank you for your comments and hope you enjoy this game. Be sure to check out Roar of the Crowd for another easy and fun game to play. Thanks again, editing will be looked at more closely with the next game. :)
Clash of Steel Miniatures Rules Published Version 2.0
par Brian C. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 05/16/2005 00:00:00
Although the format of this file is not the most attractive, read the rules. After reading the rules, you may still be a little afraid to play Clash of Steel. Swallow your fear. I finally had a chance to playtest Clash of Steel using the Sci Fi rules. I was very surprised on how well the game played out on the tabletop. My initial reaction to the rules was less than favorable, but after playing the game, I was wrong. The rules work very well. I intially was afraid that the point values for vehicles were way out of sync with the point costs of troops, but during the playtest everything seemed to make sense and point costs appear to be well balanced. The rules lend themselves to be a quick play and I will be adding some of my own homegrown rules to the next battle I play...this is exactly what the game designer intends. I highly recommend Clash of Steel and I look forward to testing the Fantasy part of the rules in the near future.

LIKED: Easy to learn and play, rules are easily adaptable to do whatever you what to do on the tabletop.

DISLIKED: Format, it really could use some upgrading. The only reason I am not rating this product five stars is due to the format/appearance. Also, just a side note, I would love to see the website updated.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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Publisher Reply:
Thank You for your comments Brian. Version 2.0 has improved formatting over Version 1.0, which is the product this comment refers to. Also, thank you for the input regarding the website, it has been updated and I hope you like the changes. E-mail us for a complimentary copy of Version 2.0 since you already have Version 1.0 in hand. Thanks again for the comments!
Clash of Steel Miniatures Rules Published Version 2.0
par Christopher H. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 04/07/2005 00:00:00
A pretty good set of versatile rules for mini wargaming.

LIKED: It's generic enough that you can mess around with it, and create pretty much any sort of army.

DISLIKED: The only downside is, no one's heard of it. It's hard to find people willing to try it out.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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Publisher Reply:
Thank You for your comments and input Christopher. I hope you have been able to mesh your homegrown rules with this ruleset. That was our intention. Change it and tweak however you want, let me know how some of your battles go. Be sure to check out Version 2.0, as Version 1.0 is what you commented on. It is formatted better, and incorporates all the supplements' material. Thank You again, we appreciate the input.
Clash of Steel Miniatures Rules Published Version 2.0
par Shaun A. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 03/20/2004 00:00:00
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this ruleset. I purchased it a while back with some other generic rulesets and didn't print & read it because the format seemed a bit Bleah!
However after some coaxing from a friend, we sat down a played a game between two fantasy armies. We were both impressed! The game flowed very smoothly and looking up rules was quick and simple, even tho' we were unfamiliar with them.
Clash of Steel has all of the normal stuff like unit statistics, game sequence and combat resolution, but it also has the different racial values and special rules. It has scrolls, potions, spells, magic items, artillary, weapons, armour and dragons. It has rules for nightfighting, science fiction conversions, vehicles, buildings and creating your own aliens.
All in all a comprehensive ruleset, contained in 42 pages.
I haven't tried the science fiction battles but if you like fantasy gaming this is a must have!

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Publisher Reply:
Thank you for comments and input Shaun. We took them into consideration and improved the formatting in Version 2.0 (this comment is on Version 1.0). I'm glad you found the game simple and easy-to-learn, that is the intention. Let me know how some of your battles went! Thanks again.
ASTRAL CONFLICT Spaceship Wargaming 2.0
par Shaun A. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 03/09/2004 00:00:00
This is a good little game. I think it could be presented better but the actual gameplay and rule mechanics are excellent for the price. If you are looking for a fast simple space action game, you cannot go wrong with this one. I would recommend purchasing the expansion "For a Fistful of Fusion (Astral Conflict Supplement One)" to give you more options for the game.

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ASTRAL CONFLICT Spaceship Wargaming 2.0
par Scott D. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 03/08/2004 00:00:00
Pretty bare bones 'game' which probably shouldn't be sold for profit. It should probably be distributed for free and then, when the rules develop to a point beyond a 'rules system' that most gamers could come up with in an hour off the top of their head, it could be reasonably sold for a profit. But for a dollar, what do you expect, I guess. I wouldn't buy it again, and only did the first time out of curiosity.

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ASTRAL CONFLICT Spaceship Wargaming 2.0
par Steven R. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 01/25/2004 00:00:00
You get what you pay for with this product. I has the feel of a low quality free download. Presentation needs to be improved

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ASTRAL CONFLICT Spaceship Wargaming 2.0
par Craig D. [Acheteur vérifié] Date Ajoutée: 11/22/2003 00:00:00
Astral Conflict makes an excellent starfighter simulation game. It does not try to fit into any particular universe, which lends the game a high degree of flexibility. This is also reflected in the ship desigh system which despite initial clams, is limited to fighter craft. The only thing that lets it down for me are the targeting systems, requiring different dice to make the to-hit roll.

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