1948: The Vimana is a short product detailing a new type of vehicle for Modern d20, from Bloodstone Press. The zipped file is 0.22 megabytes in size, containing a single PDF file that is marginally larger. The PDF has a non-hyperlinked table of contents and bookmarks. The book is fourteen pages long, with a page for the cover, a page for the credits and legal information, a page for the table of contents, a page of ads, and a page for the OGL.
Despite its length, this book has a fairly large amount of artwork. All of the pieces are black-and-white, including the cover, and a number of pictures are placed throughout. Additionally, each page has a green border, making it seem as though these are pages in a file folder (which is enhanced by the sidebars appearing as notes held on with paperclips). A printer-friendly version would have been helpful, despite this product?s brevity.
While this work is nominally presented as part of Bloodstone Press?s 1948 campaign setting, this work is largely presented in a setting-neutral manner. Vimanas can easily be placed into any campaign, even fantasy ones, with little adaptation. Several words in the book are hyperlinked to allow easy access to further information. While some of these are game terms that link to the Hypertext d20 SRD, others lead to websites with further information about subjects of this book, such as Nagaland (a part of India).
The book begins by explaining just what a vimana is. A vimana is a type of flying craft, constructed around India thousands of years ago. Using the mystic knowledge sacred geometry (of which science and magic are just small parts), ancient peoples built these vehicles, which could fly incredibly fast, use powerful weapons, and even travel to other worlds. A quick paragraph is given on how to construct a vimana (requiring a large number of high Craft checks, and numerous materials). Following this are a few paragraphs on where a vimana can be found.
A few paragraphs are then given on flying a vimana, and their weapon systems, before stats for the vimanas themselves are given. Four basic types of vimanas are given, each of which are quite large, with associated tables giving their standard Modern d20 statistics. The product closes out by discussing three types of death rays that can be found on vimanas. Each is given at least a paragraph of coverage, along with Modern d20 weapon statistics.
Altogether, 1948: The Vimana presents a very cool new vehicle type for your Modern d20 game. The mystic element of Indian lore is preserved while still giving us useful stats and information. Any game, pulp or otherwise, that introduces vimanas will get a unique thrill from these mystic vehicles.
<b>LIKED</b>: This book excellently balanced the mystique of these new vehicles while still statting them fully. Also, the manner in which the product presented itself as being an in-character file (such as the notes at the bottom of every page about this being top secret) was quite colorful.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Despite the good material here, a few errors crept in. The M-21 death ray, for example, says it inflicts 10d6 damage, while its entry on the weapons table says it inflicts 8d6. Also, despite this product being short, a printer-friendly version would have been helpful.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>