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Belly of the Beast RPG
Publisher: Sigil Stone Publishing
by W. A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/09/2023 09:56:00

The game gets 3 Stars just from the concept, which is very imaginative. The system isn't offensive but doesn't do anything especially well or poorly - it does what it needs to and otherwise stays out of the way. The main shortfall is that it could have used more detail about specific locations and movements in the Belly but most of that is left up to the GM to generate on their own. Definitely a unique premise, though, and for that alone it deserves a place on my shelf.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Numenera
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
by W. A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/10/2023 21:29:22

A very good setting, based on the works of tremendouse authors like Gene Wolfe and Jack Vance, from a time when Monte could still make cool settings.

The system has a lot of good ideas that just don't balance out well when put together. Play testers warned him about this and he published despite that - and the cracks show very well once you start playing.

Apologists will say: "It's not supposed to be balanced, the focus is exploration!", despite the fact that the game has no special rules to oversee or reward exploration but a ton of rules about combat.

At $10 for the pdf, it is worth the purchase for the setting material but I'd look at using a different system to run it (I'd recommend a 'Forged in the Dark' hack to emphasize non-combat options).



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Little Fears Nightmare Edition
Publisher: FunSizedGames
by W. A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/10/2023 21:15:39

This is a much more PG-13 rated version than the first edition. The mechanics are updated very well but the monster system lacks the focus that came with its darker version.

If the first edition was too disturbing for your table (no shame, it was a brilliant game that few tables could handle actually playing) then this edition is probably more your cup of tea.

This edition also has several excellent supplements, which could easily be used in whichever edition you prefer.

If you enjoy horror ttrpgs, Little Fears is not to be missed.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Talislanta: Tales of the Savage Land *webcomic subscription*
Publisher: Everything Epic
by W. A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/02/2016 02:13:12

Honestly, I wasn't too impressed. The art is only rarely impressive, the writing is mediocre, the pacing is terrible, the story is cliched, the characters one dimensional. Though I love Talislanta, in this instance I feel cheated and wish I could get my money back.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Familiar
Publisher: Gallant Knight Games
by W. A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/21/2014 02:20:11

If you're like me you've always secretly wanted to play a game as a cat, with all the sly stealth and attitude that comes with it. If you're also like me you've had your GM shut you down every time the idea has come up - but not anymore. The Familiar Class for Labyrinth Lord not only opens new doors for roleplaying, (and it does that, not only by allowing you to play a cat or bird or rabbit, but with the dynamic between yourself and the PC wizard you serve) but does it in a way that makes the class very cool and very attractive to play. With a handful of spell like abilities the class makes solid use of the relationship between the Master and Familiar PCs, giving them mechanical reasons - as well as rp excuses - to work together and protect one another. Should the unthinkable happen, however, and the PC Wizard die, the class does not abandon the Familiar, but provides both rules for finding another person to fill the Master role and, in the mean time, gives the character enough tools to remain a strong, viable member of the party. With a solid layout and easy to understand rules, the Familiar should fit easily into any game.

But more importantly, I can finally play a cat!



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Lost Boy
Publisher: Gallant Knight Games
by W. A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/15/2013 00:20:34

Having actually GMed a PC as a Lost Boy in Planescape - yet in a different system - I find it very appropriate that many of the abilities and powers taken by the Player in that game are mirrored in this Character design. To me this speaks of a solid understanding of the concept as it relates to gamers wanting to recapture that experience. I particularly enjoyed the mechanic used to gain followers and think the "growing up" option is a fine method for allowing the PC to expand beyond his level limits while maintaining the core sense of what it is to be a Lost Boy. In that latter part there is also a huge potential for RP as the character wrestles with and finally makes the transformation - or chooses not to. A fun premise with some real potential.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Fairy
Publisher: Gallant Knight Games
by Wade K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/15/2013 00:06:42

Fairies have always been a fun and frivolous form of character and this clever design captures that quite well. Full of potential, the feisty Fairy adds a lot to the party by way of versatility and should be a delight for any player looking for a lighthearted romp. (Or not so much, a clever roleplayer could do a lot with this character in a more serious campaign.)



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LFNE Book 2: Among the Missing
Publisher: FunSizedGames
by Wade K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/06/2011 13:10:39

"Among the Missing" is an excellent follow up to "Little Fears: Nightmare Edition". The material is well written and tightly edited, with some wonderful use of childlike prose and voice throughout. The Framing fiction is handled in a somewhat unique fashion and really helps to spotlight how each form of Missing Child could flow from the same narrative.

For those who felt "Nightmare Edition" lacked some of the darkness that the original game boasted, AtM brings a measure of that back; though it does so with respect to the seriousness of its topics.

The artwork it black and white, which is actually the best artistic choice for the imagery and themes the game is working with. Indeed, the art it top notch and some of it downright creepy.

The added rules - entirely optional - are simple and eloquent. For the players there are some options to better reflect the kind of life a Missing child might endure, complete with a new Questionnaire addressing the topics important to a Missing character. Most of the added rules are for the GMs, however, and introduce streamlined ways of making supporting characters with varying levels of depth. There is also extensive advice on how to use the Missing background, or npcs, (here called GMCs) in a "Missing" themed game.

The book wraps up with a short, though decent, adventure designed to introduce you to some of the ideas presented in the material. While the adventure could probably be wrapped up in a single night, it offers enough inspiration and potential that it could be spun into a much longer story.

Overall I am quite pleased with this product and look forward to future releases from FunSizedGames.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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