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Pieces of Fate: Drop Bears & Ursanauts (FATE) $1.49
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Pieces of Fate: Drop Bears & Ursanauts (FATE)
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Trev W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/20/2014 18:51:47

This really got my attention, I just had to review it. It did not disappoint.

Within it has the stats for the 'Drop Bears' and how to place them into games. The bears seem impressive with swiping special abilities and on the defense, the ability to make opponents miss their first attack, so stunned are they by the might ursanauts, and some other tricks I won't ruin here.

The drop bears are designed to confound and annoy players, and there are a few jokes inside. It should also be noted that 'drop bears' normally refers to attack koalas in Australia that leap down from eucalyptus above. Here it has been re-appropriated to mean something far larger that also has laser and body armor tech.

This has in such a short space a lot of ideas for throwing/deploying them into fantasy, sci fi, pulp or horror games. Although for horror they are acknowledged to be more for comic relief.

5/5 So good. Great job Bill Collins.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
thanks for taking the time to do a review!
Pieces of Fate: Drop Bears & Ursanauts (FATE)
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/13/2014 07:05:49

Bizarre yet somehow weirdly plausible... what if bears were even bigger, fiercer and more intelligent than they are? Smart enough to organise a civilisation, use weapons, even attack those pesky humans. Maybe these are alien bears, or perhaps those grizzlies paid just too much attention to what hunters and rangers were getting up to.

So here are all the details, under the FATE ruleset, for you to run these intelligent bears - Ursanauts, perhaps, coming from far away in giant spaceships. Is it a hunting trip, to chase humans for sport? Or is it a scientific mission, to tag and study them? Or a miliary one, to take over some bear-friendly real estate?

Are you going to stop a drop bear and ask him his business? Or will you be too busy running away?

The stats and various stunts available for bears work well and are consistent with the postulated extension from what real bears can do. While the core idea is to introduce them into a contemporary game as alien invaders, several suggestions are made as to how to make use of them in other genres.

The only thing is, I've always been led to believe that drop bears hide up trees (from which, of course) they drop onto you. These ones are just too darn big to hide up trees! Otherwise, they have loads of potential for mayhem.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
I wanted to thank Megan Robertson for taking the time to do a review. Steve Russell Rite Publishing
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