An Endzeitgeist.com review
This supplement for SFRPG clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
The Eldred Heavy Cruiser is a tier 10 ship with a total of 268 BP; as a Huge cruiser, it has a speed 0f 6 with average maneuverability, powered by a Nova Ultra core and studded with a signal basic drift engine, this cruiser also sports mk 4 armor and defenses as well as a mk 3 mono computer. With medium shields (200, equally distributed), this fellow has quite an arsenal: Mass driver and heavy torpedo launcher in the front, heavy laser cannons at port and starboard, as well as heavy plasma torpedo launcher turrets. As far as expansion bays are concerned, we have cargo and shuttle bays, a medical bay and 2 escape pods. Crew modifiers (suitable for tier) are provided. The pdf also provides a list of Computers check DCs that compartmentalizes the information the PCs can glean. Nitpick: It’s Computers, not Computer. The heavy cruiser also provides notes on how this ship came to be.
See that kickass cover? The cover is provided as a full, logo-less one-page version that makes for a great hand-out, and the pdf contains a full page of paper-mini-style versions that sport this fantastic artwork. Additionally, the beautiful and efficient statblock for the ships of this series comes fully filled out – print it, hand it to players, done. Really cool! Even cooler: We do get an absolutely gorgeous full-color map of the ship – numbers designate the amount of beds that can be found per quarter, and the detailed and gorgeous maps (with very light grid) means you can switch pretty seamlessly between Starship and regular combat. The map is damn awesome. The only thing I’d have loved to see is some notes on internal lore/descriptions, but one can’t have everything, I guess.
Editing and formatting are very good on a formal and rules-language level. Layout adheres to a two-column full-color standard, and the pdf’s artworks are original pieces that rock. The handout artwork, paper mini-style pawn images and the excellent full-color artwork add to this, as does the cool ship-sheet. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Paul Fields and Jim Milligan deliver a great job here, and artists Nicole Cardiff and Keith Curtis definitely deserve a shout-out here as well. The cruiser is a beautiful ship, and the map is damn awesome. If you’re like me and want transparency between starship and individual combat, and particularly if you’re as good at making maps as I am (read: not good at all), then this is a definite boon, a sight for sore eyes. My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars.