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Mercenary Breed
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/22/2012 03:34:49

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Mercenary Breed is a “Mini Setting” as coined by Mystical Throne Entertainment, and is presented as an offshoot of their Savage Insider Magazine. This book is an introduction to the setting and further supplements will be released in the future in the premium version of Savage Insider. The setting is provided as a framework, and the introduction makes it clear that the game world should evolve with play and also with the input of the players. It is more or less assumed that the pc’s will be mercenaries in the employ of one of a variety of corporations and the core of the setting is built on that idea. Key to the advancement of the pc’s is “Renown”. Renown works almost like an experience system in that as the pc’s complete merc missions they may be awarded an amount of renown proportionate to the difficulty of the mission. Equipment within the setting is assigned a renown number and is essentially off limits for requisitioning to the pc’s until they are of sufficient level. It’s an interesting mechanic. As presented within the scope of the roles available it works, but I don’t know that I’d use the mechanic if I was using the setting as a sandbox for space adventures.

The book has several chapters that are set up like a toolbox for building your game world. The central theme of corporate control is ever present but the universe itself it wide open for world building and the book contains myriad tables for randomly generating everything from home worlds to alien species. There are also a few pre generated species and worlds ready to go if the gm is so inclined to use them. It’s worth noting that while the alien generation table is well done, I “tested” it by trying to reverse engineer some popular aliens from film and literature and under that scrutiny it is hardly comprehensive. Other tables in the book cover building corporations and also bestiary creation. There is also a mission generation table for constructing an adventure by rolling up story elements.

The final section of the book is a collection of savage tales that a gm may use as adventures within the setting. While they are fairly well done I lament the fact that there are no maps included with any of them. I can appreciate leaving them vague to allow customization but it’s nice to have a complete adventure ready to go for an unplanned last minute game.

Overall Mercenary Breed is an interesting take on the Space genre. It is well worth the $5 price tag and given the excellent job MTE has done with the Savage Insider Magazine I think the setting shows a lot of promise.

In a future article I will discuss the first premium issue of Savage Insider (which was just released) that includes the first supplementary material for Mercenary Breed. Stay tuned!



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Savage Insider Premium Issue #1
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/22/2012 03:20:57

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Mystical Throne Entertainment has been hard at work with their Savage Insider line of products. In addition to the free electronic issues that come out quarterly, they have released two settings books under the name and now this premium issue of the magazine. The settings books, Mercenary Breed and Judgment Day, were both released as “mini settings” with the intention of releasing additional supplemental material in the premium issues of the magazine. The first premium issue of Savage Insider makes good on that promise, offering a good amount of additional material for Mercenary Breed. Additionally, the book introduces a new race and an archetype that aren’t tied to the setting.

The new material for Mercenary Breed includes details on a region of space called the Hastilion Expanse. The Expanse is home to nine planets, 8 of which are outlined in the text. The ninth planet, Helioside, is available from the MTE webite as a download. In addition to the planetary information, there are additional character options and equipment lists. The equipment stats include the Renown Number for player requisition (see my previous review of Mercenary Breed for an explanation of that mechanic). Following the outline of the Hastilion Expanse is a campaign broken up into several sections. The encounter entries are classified based on whether they will be Role Playing, Investigation, Exploration, or Combat encounters. I liked this style of organization though it makes the outcome of each encounter sound like a forgone conclusion. I do not, however, think that it is the intention of the writer to railroad the players into a pre determined outcome. If I spill some role playing into an encounter labeled combat I hardly think my campaign will unravel. Overall the campaign is fairly well done though there are no maps included except for a hex map of the planets. I suspect this omission is to allow greater GM customization but I think leaving them out lowers the utility factor of the book.

The premium issue of Savage Insider also includes MTE’s version of the Dhampir as a playable race. Aside from the variation in spelling from the version presented in the Savage Worlds Horror Companion, MTE fleshes the race out a bit further by including more racial bonuses that are balanced with additional weaknesses. There are suggestions for including the race in various game genres as well as a couple of fleshed out Wild Card NPC’s. There is a one sheet Savage Tale at the end of this section that incorporates one of the NPC’s, but like the other MTE adventures released thus far there are no maps.

The issue is bookended with the introduction of a character archetype called the Heirophant. This “Auspicious Archetype” is outlined in much the same way as the Dhampir race with advice for incorporating the class into different genres. A Wild Card Heirophant NPC is presented as well as information on a sample cult and stats for mook cultitsts. Another Savage Tale is included and again there aren’t any maps. The exclusion of maps in this case isn’t as problematic as this tale isn’t quite as location based as the Dhampir adventure.

This maiden issue of Savage Insider is packed with setting information and is worth the $5 investment. I like the inclusion of the Savage Tale one sheets though I hope that MTE starts including some maps in future releases. The appeal of these issues would be significantly greater to me if there were fully fleshed out one sheets ready to be plucked out for last minute games.



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Savage Insider Issue #3: What Lurks in the Shadows
by Craig D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/05/2012 16:45:20

With much tittering, I've been inspecting the alternative gritty magic rules and other goodness that lurks within this mighty tome. I'll be playing with these for my "The Giggler Strikes Again" convention runs this year. Good work!

These Savage Insider issues have a very high production value and are a treasure trove for anyone seeking new Savage Worlds RPG material.



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Savage Insider Issue #3: What Lurks in the Shadows
by Jodi B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/03/2012 10:02:08

I'm always impressed by this volunteer effort by so many in the Publishing industry: it's literally a Who's Who of Savage Worlds licensees!



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Judgment Day
by Roy P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/26/2011 15:32:08

Another great mini-setting from MTE. Whether you use this as a stand alone setting or just add this to a current setting you are running Judgement Day is well worth the price. The Inquisitors are a group that could be used once in a campaign or could be an ongoing organization. I could definitely see using Judgement Day to for a Buffy like setting or even a Supernatural spinoff. The new edges and hindrances are very well done and I especially like the different Inquisitor career specialties that are available. On top of all this you get an adventure generator and finally an easy little cult generator. Great stuff at twice the cost.



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Judgment Day
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/12/2011 15:46:04

Slick, comprehensive, professional, inspiring. The product lives up to its description and has quality illustrations to boot.

If you're a fan of modern horror, Buffy, or Constantine, or anything with a good vs evil war, and you like the Savage Worlds system then there's oodles of material here tailored just for you.

Happy demon hunting!

Billiam B http://bit.ly/rpgblog



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Savage Insider Issue #2: How the Dice Roll
by Roy P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/16/2011 20:39:53

Fantastic second issue with a great article about homeschooling and gaming. Lots of great items you can use for your Savage Worlds games not matter the genre. Now if only we would make this monthly instead of quarterly.



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Savage Insider Issue #2: How the Dice Roll
by Christopher B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/14/2011 13:20:11

This is fun stuff! The material is top notch and I doubt it would be easy to find such a wealth of interesting, useful information for this price. Get it and give it a read, you won't be disappointed.



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Savage Insider Issue #2: How the Dice Roll
by Brent J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/14/2011 12:22:54

I'm loving this quarterly! I haven't actually had a chance to play any Savage Worlds yet, but that didn't matter because: a) Savage Insider just whet my appetite for the game, and b) the gaming/adventure material presented is easily converted to other mechanics if needed.

In particular, I enjoyed "Savage Worlds as an Educational Tool". This is a fantastic article for anyone looking to use SW, or RPGs in general, as a way to promote learning. I'm all for adding gaming to education, and this article offered some great ways to make that process easier.

I'd recommend this to any gamer, and consider it a must-read for anyone playing Savage Worlds.



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Faith & Demons: The Rising Playtest Packet #2
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/16/2011 23:42:32

I know nothing about any playtest agreement. However, if the publisher feels that I am under an obligation by downloading this, I've deleted the item unread. It sounds as if it will be interesting when complete.



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Savage Insider Issue #1: Building the Savage Worlds Community
by Brian H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/06/2011 17:55:39

Was I excited to see a Savage Worlds newsletter? Heck, yes I was! But, this is the first issue and a lot of space is devoted to a "get to know you" Q&A with some of the licensees and developers for Savage Worlds products. I understand the need for advertisements to keep costs under control so that this could be freely distributed, but it felt like they dominated. This felt a little padded to me.

That said, being the first issue the introduction phase was to be expected. An issue to set up the ground rules and get us ready for what to expect in future issues.



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Savage Insider Issue #1: Building the Savage Worlds Community
by Jonathan J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/06/2011 09:58:15

Excellent start to an ambitious indie fanzine for Savage Worlds. Definitely worth a look.



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Savage Insider Issue #1: Building the Savage Worlds Community
by James S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/30/2011 13:46:45

Great for a free e-zine. I learned a lot about the publishers in the Savage Worlds space, which I liked. I also learned of a new product that I want to pursue. True, there's a lot of ads in there, but it's a free mag. And the ads are pretty.



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Savage Insider Issue #1: Building the Savage Worlds Community
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/25/2011 11:12:15

A new eZine for all things Savage World based! The Savage Insider eZine (free on DriveThru) is specifically designed for Savage World players, including links and references to the multifarious games and genres connected with that flexible system. The love for Savage Worlds glows on each page. Also includes a comic strip!

Savage Insider is edited by Aaron Huss of Roleplayer's Chronicle, and The Mystical Throne site, both fonts of much news and wisdom.

I hope that there are many more issues of this to come!

-Billiam B http://bit.ly/rpgblog



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Savage Insider Issue #1: Building the Savage Worlds Community
by Patrick R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/24/2011 00:02:14

Of the 48 pages, a quarter were advertisements, and over a third was a total puff-piece, round-robin Q&A. The best section, the adventure seeds and NPC, was fantasy-based. As a quarterly magazine, it a long wait to get other genres into the mix. Yes, it is free. Yes, I'm glad I didn't pay for it.



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