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The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Eight (Althani Space) $2.99
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The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Eight (Althani Space)
Publisher: Nomadic Delirium Press
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/19/2014 10:42:39

It's always good to look at a collection of new systems to explore, and this has some interesting places to visit. It opens well too, when the introduction begins "The version you are reading is in the Human’s lingua franca. If you are not human, and would like to read it in your species’ native tongue, please consult a data bank on one of your species’ planets and download the appropriate version" you know you are in for an in-character treat.

And you are, with each system described vividly in a few paragraphs, a pen-picture of what is there, who might be living there and what they are doing. Often, this mere description spawns thoughts of the kinds of adventures you might run if the party chooses to go there... and this is enhanced in many entries with a separate note aimed at the GM, giving any game mechanical details needed, such as rolls required to survive a virulent plague or a hostile atmosphere, for example. Yep, not all places are welcoming or safe to visit!

The one drawback is - no map! There's no indication of any spacial relationship between any of the systems mentioned, all we know is that they are in this Sector Eight, or Althani Space. The most information is the distance of each from Earth, and that just in light years without any directional component. Your astrogator will be tearing his hair out, or wringing his tentacles or something, depending on species.

Other than that, it's a nice collection of systems to explore... where's my starship?

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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