In the near future games many times the guys with the best gun seem to come out victorious. The gun has always been a fascination of gamers and the near future weapons seem to be especially popular since they represent the most powerful and cutting edge technology; even if most of it does not actually exist today. With the d20 game quickly adapting itself to each and ever genre out there is no surprise that these products are starting to real find their own niche. The New Tribes series represents EN Publishing dive into this newly forming market. Their Black Hammer series has filled the role nicely.
Black Hammer 3 is the third in the line of books about near future weapons. Each one has presented a few new and interesting weapons in the. They are all written by M Jason Parent giving them consistency in writing style. This fifteen page PDF is fully book marked, layout is good with some white space issues the whole series has, but the over all look of the books is really cool. It is like the first two well book marked.
The series has really grown since the first book. The page count on them is not high but considering there are over three dozen weapons in the book alone, one quickly sees that there is lots of information in these few pages. The weapons and technology behind them are all nicely described and they have nice information to use. These weapons are more then just stats on a page. The few pictures are of cool guns, and more pictures could be useful.
The power of the weapons seems appropriate for the time frame. The weapons are good and players will want them as they are nice upgrades from other items in d20 Modern for instance. Many of the weapons are also versatile and that just helps players to want them even more. But none of them strike me as something one would not want in one?s game. A small annoyance though is some of the items referenced here are to be described in the fourth series of the book which at this time is not out yet.
One of the great things about these books is they are actually useful in non d20 systems. While there are no conversions notes or anything like that in these books, they are detailed enough that someone familiar with d20 and another system appropriate for the weapons like Shadowrun should have no problems. The back ground material is easy to use in most cyber punk type settings and should be nice to offer something the players of the system might not be familiar with.
The Black Hammer books have really done a great job of presenting weapons in a new and interesting way. The background information is really the key for me and I really hope one day it will be expanded on so that readers can learn more about these companies. There is a lot of room to grow in the series and it does not always have to be the new and latest weapons though that does not hurt either. The series really fits well together and the more I read them all together the more I like them.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>