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Chthonian Highways – Alpha Playtest Kit
by Cold C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/05/2018 17:48:40

This is an emerging company, and this is where they're breaking the surface. This IronCore engine is very interesting. It is simple, believable, and does it's job by incorporating dramatic effects. The dramatic effects aren't add ons to a simple system, they're integrated with the basic rules. The road warrior aspect of this game is fleshed out very well in this playtest release. There is still work to be done. The vehicle combat needs expansion. The Mythos concept which is hinted at and teased at in the proposed adventures, give a taste of what it might be. Of course the Mythos is supposed to be mysterious, so we can expect them to have some surprises. This game looks very deadly. And that's just the humans threats. We haven't seen what the terrible lovecraftian creatures are capable of. With the world transforming around the characters, it is also similar to an alien exploration game. on your home planet. Chthonian Highways has the ability to pace characters through changing dynamics and moods, from different kinds of threats and environments. It contains possibilities for multiple attitudes for approaching conflicts. The vehicle building and scavenging aspects, will compel players to find creative uses for materials and junk that they find. Of course any modern setting allows for this, but this game will make this aspect intrinsic to gameplay. Thank you IronSpine. Hail Cthulhu, Rise R'lyeh. And you might need an Iron Spine for this game.



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Processing Plant
by Lauri M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/24/2017 03:14:20

Good map once again. I like the fact that this set comes with locations written on the map and without them (and both versions come in printer friendly format also).

Only thing I find a bit problematic is that the "secret passage way" can be seen in each version. I know it would be hard to remove once the map is drawn but as constructive critisicm goes this is something I would like to see addressed in the future. I can live with it but having maps where the secret doors/passages aren't shown would make these great maps even better.



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Acirema Dungeons – Player Book
by Graham R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/11/2016 12:17:42

This is a marvellous little game. On the face of it, it appears to be a minimalist fantasy rpg (one of many), but a deeper look reveals this to be a unique game with an atmosphere all of its' own.

The mechanics are very easy, and require simple rolls of a d12 to beat a target number. Characters are represented by a handful of characteristics (a stamina score and a magic points score, with little else). It's worth having a look at a character sheet to get an idea of how minimally characters are represented.

What truly sets the game rules apart are the various oddities and idiosyncracies, including such things as a zombie character class, and the use of spells by nearly every type of character. It's the little details like these that, in my opinion, will appeal to even the most jaded of gamers, assuming they're able to lift their gaze from the numerous retro clones available at the moment.

The translation from Finnish to English is adequate, and although not perfect does not by any means detract from reading the game. In fact, for me it added to the games charm. And speaking of charm, the artwork in the game is splendid; it's quirky and looks somehow 'Scandinavian', if that's not being stereotypical. It adds immensely to the old school feel of the game. This is, I suppose, Finnish style old school (and all the better for it).

This is an example of how fantasy games can be original, and how they can evoke a retro gaming feel without slavishly reproducing those rules.

I recommend this game for experienced players looking for a new perspective, a game that although 'minimalist', is complete and feels sufficiently different to spark the imagination. For players accustomed to modern rpgs, with little experience of games as they were in the 80's, this will no doubt feel alien. I would still recommend it though, it's worth it for the quirkyness. This would be a marvellous game to use with newbie players, it's simple and gets straight into the action.

Highly recommended.



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A Dozen Dungeons
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/03/2016 11:18:41

Miska's maps wonderfully tread the line of being generic with just the hint of a distinctive and characterful identity. I love using his maps and inventing juicy stories behind the bits of (just generic enough) flair he includes. There are lots of really high quality maps premade maps out there but I particularly love the hand-drawn aesthetic that Miska provides.

Full disclosure: I support the author's Patreon.



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The Osiris Station
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/01/2016 10:28:10

Awesome for any space rpg! What more do you want in a space station map?! Just get it for Pay What You Want and give it the great review it deserves!



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