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Brass, Blood and Steam $2.50
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Brass, Blood and Steam
Publisher: UKG Publishing
by Fernando G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/03/2011 07:54:35

This sourcebook for Spirt of the Century (or any Fate system) is very useful, not only for steampunk campaigns, but also because it gives a lot of tips and clues to be used for old technology. Specially considering that SotC is already quite steampunk on its own (zeppelins and such). Highly recommended.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Brass, Blood and Steam
Publisher: UKG Publishing
by Hamilton R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/06/2010 00:42:43

Description -- BBS is a compliment to any D20 game ruleset, where you can experience a BIZARRE world based loosely on the Victorian era Steampunk Genre.

Easy Rules -- it's an average book; not many pages, but a lot of writing to read through, in order to understand the concept.

Fun to Play -- see the layout description below.

Layout / Design -- the cover artwork is the best piece of art in the whole book. It looks like the design was done as an after-though. There are naked female chests in this book, but not in any seductive way (it's a detraction and a negative to the book's credit, yet know that I personally see little need for porn in game books anyway). The layout of the book is OK and functional, but nothing really grabs your attention.

Like I said before, I'll say it again -- layout matters. Spend the extra money for a professional to do it ...

Worth the money -- Not really, even at 2.50 dollars. (The cover art is superb: correct color scheme, artistic style, really draws you in -- but the inside art let's you down big-time.)

Conclusion -- there are probably better products out there that will enhance your games with Victorian flair.

[1 of 5 Stars!]
Brass, Blood and Steam
Publisher: UKG Publishing
by Steven W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/01/2010 12:45:29

Brass, Blood and Steam is a useful product, especially given its very economical price point.

If you are playing FATE or Spirit of the Century based games, BB&S gives you guidelines for "steampunking" character skills, stunts and aspects, new character concepts, and some quick pick stunt packages to speed up character generation.

No matter what system you are using, BB&S gives you an overview of the Steampunk genre with lots of books, movies and other games to pull ideas from; important tropes to consider in your Steampunk game such as Lost Worlds, Spiritualism, and the role of Women in Victorian culture; and lists of equipment that are current, cutting edge, or futuristic in the Steampunk Era.

Finally, Brass, Blood and Steam presents a sample Sreampunk campaign outline, based in an Antarctic Lost World, as well as an introductory adventure.

Bad points, in brief, are occasional editorial errors - mostly multiple or free floating articles - and some subjects that feel like they could be expanded upon in some length. Mere quibbles in the face of this product's good point.

Overall, I feel this is an excellent value for its price, and a worthwhile purchase for any fan of FATE games or anyone wanting to run a Steampunk RPG with any rules system.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Brass, Blood and Steam
Publisher: UKG Publishing
by Trey P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/12/2010 14:09:19

This is an OK product. Its worth the $2.50 I paid, but barely. Its got some great adaptations of Spirit of the Century to the steam punk genre. However, it also has some flaws that made me grit my teeth.

First, the computer generated art, with a few exceptions, clashes with the subject matter (hint: ditch the post apocalyptic stuff, also dig up Victorian clip art). Second, page references are incorrect on several points. See the Experiment, Bartitsu Master, Ghost Finder and Mechanical man. See also Military Mind, Dr. Hill's Electric Pentacle and probably more that I couldn;'t find. Third, the table of technologies (day-to-day, modern marvels and soon to come) seem to have lost their labels making them a bit confusing.

All in all, it could be a better product. However, one aspect that stands out is the sample adventure included. If adventures like this could be made available for BBS, I'd buy them.

[3 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Many Thanks for the review. To answer the last issues first, we have now fixed the page references throughout the book and also modified to the layout a little to make Table of Technolgies easier to read. With regards the cgi art and post apocalyptic stuff, I really think that only a couple of images (mainly those of the steam punk bikers) were post apocalyptic in any sense of the word, however I recognise that we will all have different opinions on this and also that many people simply do not like cgi images. I will be suggesting to the author that we work on more adventures like this for all of our SotC genre books, so please keep your eyes open for their release in the future. John Milner UKG Publishing
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