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Cartoon Action Hour: Season 3 rulebook

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Remember those bygone Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons spent in front of our television sets back in the '80s? Remember how we watched the eternal struggle between the forces of good and evil unfold right before our young eyes as our heroes stopped at nothing to out the kibosh on the seemingly endless machinations of the villains? Remember how these wondrously cheesy shows drw us in and spoke to us on a personal level, all the while trying to sell us action figures?

We remember it too! 

Cartoon Action Hour: Season 3 is the third edition of the game that was nominated for  "Best RPG" at the 2004 Origins Awards. The game faithfully and meticulously emulates the action-adventure cartoons of the 1980s, using "cartoon logic" as the basis for every aspect of the system. This is not just a universal game that just happens to be adorned with genre-appropriate art. Every single design decision was made with the purpose of bringing to life the retro-toons of yesteryear, right at your gaming table.

Everything you need to play Cartoon Action Hour is included in this full-color rulebook. Some of the features include:

Sleek and Exciting Game System: You roll a d12 and add one or two ratings to it. That's the core of the system, making it extremely easy to jump right into the animated fray. Every nuance of the system (transformation, vehicles, playsets, etc.) utilize the same game mechanics as a whole. 

Action Scenes: In Cartoon Action Hour, there is no "combat system". In its place is the "action scene" system, which covers far more than just a slugfest or a laser-filled shootout. Violence is de-emphasized and players are rewarded for making indirect attacks of a less overt nature ("I shoot the tree branch, so that it falls on top of the enemy!"). Characters can be given Setback Tokens, representing anything from physical damage to confusion and everything in between.

Series Creation: The GM and the players work together to construct the series via the series creation system, which includes character creation. Speaking of which, creating characters has never been this easy in previous versions of the game, as the bookkeeping is now very minimal indeed.

Sample Series: The book includes eight series seeds and one more detailed sample series.

26-Page Action Scene Example: This ultra-detailed example of an action scene answers any question you care to ask.

Preface by Flint Dille: The legendary cartoon writer offers up an insightful preface that discusses the way cartoons were created in the 1980s.

 
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Alan B November 24, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
I'd echo the previous requests for a PoD version.
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Iriah W May 02, 2017 2:55 am UTC
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Print on demand version please!
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Stacie W April 24, 2017 7:07 am UTC
Any chance this will get a Print version soon? Likely hood of purchasing item listed above increases by the chances of 98.675% if a print version ever comes available.
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Jonathan L February 14, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
Still eagerly awaiting hard copies of this and Retrostar.
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Brian R August 15, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
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It would be nice for those that helped create this book by Kickstarting it would actually receive the product before it was put on sale. Spectrum has so far been full of empty promises so I doubt I will continue to support the game or company. I wouldn't be surprised to learn they were not going to release anymore of the many promised products
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Edgar G November 16, 2015 12:52 pm UTC
When will you release the Going Japanese supplement? Im eager to have it on my hands! Im really looking forward to play something with the vibe of Dragon Ball and that kind of japanese animation.
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Bryan A April 23, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Is the PDF in that landscape divided page format? Want to get to read on a 7" tablet and do not think that format would be the best.
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Ramses V March 05, 2015 12:00 pm UTC
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I'm thinking of starting a game that can be best described as: What the video game Star Fox would be like if it had been a cartoon from the 80s.
So I'm wondering if Cartoon Action Hour would be the perfect system for a game like this. But most of the action in the game would be in the form of star fighter combat. Can anyone tell me if CAH would handle this well?
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THATIANE L September 07, 2015 10:49 pm UTC
Of course! Half of the cartoon shows in the 80es were filled with flying machines duelling in the sky.
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Richard R December 15, 2014 2:42 am UTC
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where i can find a printed copy of this book or there's a print on demand coming soon?
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Fergus H March 12, 2015 10:09 pm UTC
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I'd also like a print copy. Did you find one anywhere?
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Franklin H April 18, 2015 1:29 am UTC
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Eh you can go to Fed-Ex Kinkos & print it black and white spiral bound for ~21 bucks...

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David F June 13, 2016 12:50 am UTC
That would be about it. I backed this project 3 years ago and was supposed to get a hard copy of the book. Still haven't got it. This was the worst kickstarter I have ever been a part of.
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Darren S September 14, 2016 8:09 pm UTC
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^Obviously you haven't heard of Quantum^
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Colin B April 18, 2017 11:25 am UTC
^Or Far West.
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