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The Tower of Dr. Alienstein (Revised Edition)
Publisher: Scaldcrow Games
by A customer [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/04/2014 15:47:36

This is a good concise supplement for the Bare Bones gaming system. The story starters are a quick and useful way to get a game started with plenty of room for creativity from the GM. I particularly like the Cosmic Eye construct for guiding the GM in the story telling without being too specific. Fun stuff.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Tower of Dr. Alienstein (Revised Edition)
Publisher: Scaldcrow Games
by A customer [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/27/2013 09:40:15

The Tower of Dr. Alienstein is a perfect roleplaying supplement for that gaming group that is into heavy roleplay, strange atmospheres and classic horror tropes mixed with the campiness of old black and white genre films. The book starts with a thorough introduction to the Bare Bones RPG system, which is quick to learn and isn't bogged down by massive amounts of rules and details. The only dice needed are d6s and the only chart needed is the success table. After the rules, we delve into the plot behind Dr. Alienstein and its a wierd one, in that fun crazy way that pulp horror can be. The adventure is well laid out, the maps are detailed and allow the GM to provide the atmosphere that is required for this genre of game. One of the more exciting things about the book is the addition of the GM's Cosmic Eye. This handy table doesn't just work for Bare Bones but is perfect for any game when the players toss out questions you hadn't considered (and they always do). The Cosmic Eye allows you to roll 2 d6 and determine whether the outcome is Positive or Negative, Good or Bad and then you can elaborate quickly from there. This system is very much made for the Role play heavy group, so if your table has seen Plan 9 From Outer Space a million times, or if they love to imitate Boris Karloff, this is the right RP supplement for you.



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The Tower of Dr. Alienstein (Revised Edition)
Publisher: Scaldcrow Games
by Xavier N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/20/2013 05:04:55

Please edit margin, spacing and also text, actually is very hard to read the book. Then i will update my grade



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The file is originally formatted to 6x9\". If you are using an IPod, Kendle, Nook, or other reader, this would not be a problem, however if you are printing the document, it will print smaller on 8.5 x 11. If you are printing this manuscript, then I would suggest using the function, \"fit to printable area.\" Otherwise, the body copy of the book is at 11 point centaur. The fast preview at Drivethru RPG is accurate as to how this should appear. I hope this helps. Otherwise, you can always contact me directly at admin@scaldcrow.com and I will attempt to address your concerns directly.
The Tower of Dr. Alienstein (Revised Edition)
Publisher: Scaldcrow Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/27/2013 11:31:06

A generic horror/pulp style setting, replete with atmosphere, a comprehensive backstory and filled with a whole bunch of details... what more could you ask for?

Zombies. Well, OK... read on!

The product opens with an extensive treatise on game mechanics, providing a basic skills system should your chosen ruleset not have a way of handling non-combat skills well and also conversion notes for a raft of different game mechanics. It may take a little work to get everything set up for the system that you use, but it's worth the effort.

Then we get on to the Tower itself. There's the comprehensive backstory I mentioned earlier which explains the story behind the tower and its current owner, and what is going on there. This begins to suggest reasons why the party might be interested in going there as well as setting the scene. The default genre is around late-Victorian era horror, classic Dracula/Frankenstein style, but it would not be too difficult to translate it to a more modern setting or even transplant it into your fantasy game (although you might want to alter the room descriptions or find a way of explaining the anachronisms).

Next the physical layout and contents are described in atmospheric detail, making it easy to describe to your players as they explore.... adventure enough can be deduced from reading these descriptions, but for added inspiration there is a collection of adventure seeds which will give you a starting point in deciding what will transpire here. Each takes a slightly different approach, so you may wish to choose the one most closely aligned with the precise genre of game you wish to play.

Finally there's a randomiser called the Cosmic Eye, designed to help you develop plot twists and answers pretty much on the fly. Some people like this sort of thing, others hate it; but it's there if you want to use it.

A well thought out and useful generic horror setting with the potential to create memorable and atmospheric adventures. And yes, zombies are indeed possible...



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