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Esper Genesis 5E Sci-fi - Core Manual
Publisher: Alligator Alley Entertainment
by Mike R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/05/2018 20:19:56

Beautiful pdf and the hardcover is even more so. I am not one to be able to provide a well written review, but just wanted to say that I love this game, well done on so many levels. GREAT JOB! Do yourself a favor and check it out.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Esper Genesis 5E Sci-fi - Core Manual
Publisher: Alligator Alley Entertainment
by Anthony V. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/20/2018 10:08:49

I have watched Esper Genesis grow as I was a playtester and (late to the game) Backer. I have loved how they tweaked 5E to make it more well rounded and added a universe that begs to be explored. I have found that I love the classes and races in Esper more than I ever loved 5e D&D (bugbear aside) and I love running Crucible Corps and now that my players have eaten up all of that my own universe. I cannot rave more about this game, yes first edition had a lot of things to be fixed but they pushed out an update in lightning fast speed and updated the pdf accordingly. PLAY THIS GAME!!



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Esper Genesis 5E Sci-fi - Core Manual
Publisher: Alligator Alley Entertainment
by Jeffrey F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/17/2018 16:30:25

Esper Genesis is an excellent full of great story potential set in an interesting universe. The Species are varied an interesting and it uses the 5e D&D ruleset excellently. It is fun, fast, and easy to play.

The art is brilliant as well.

Great game.



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Esper Genesis 5E Sci-fi - Core Manual
Publisher: Alligator Alley Entertainment
by Jacob L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/21/2018 12:57:46

Alright, let's get all the nasty (and few) objective issues out of the way so we can get on to the Good Stuff (TM). Sidenote, how many of the developers played 3.5/PF? Asking for a friend.

  • Cerebral Ashenforged are pretty damn strong, but so are hill dwarfs.
  • The Belare information doesn't really go into a lot of detail about HOW exactly the enviromental suits work. While it prbably won't come up in game, it would be nice to have a small block such as "Inside Your Suit!"
  • The Lunar Eldori's "Draw From the Wheel" ability doesn't specify a duration. Is it supposed to be "The NEXT d20 roll you make"?
  • The Adepts Talent Point scaling is off, shouldn't it be the same as the Melder?
  • Also, the Adept and a few others get bonus spells based on thier choice of subclass, but it doesn't specify if those spells are automatically gained like the cleric, or must be chosen like the warlock. I'm assuming the former but it'd be nice to know for sure.
  • Unless there's been some serious rebalancing of spells, the Cybermancer should be proficient in Intelligence and Constitution saves?, not Intelligence and Charisma saves. Or, 1 good and 1 bad save instead of 2 bad saves.
  • Opposite for the engineer, Wisdom AND Constitution saves are way to powerful, Wisdom and Charisma instead?
  • Also the maximum talent rank and talent points colums are different for the adept and melder (they've swappped places).
  • Sentinal is a better paladin, and the paladin was already one of the top tier classes. Not by much, but if I were allowing both EG and base PHB i'd not allow the sentinal. But that's just me.
  • And the Specialist and Warrior are the Rogue and Fighter respectivly (this isn't actually an issue, but I do want to point it out for reasons).

Ok so, I like this alot. Like, i'm a huge fan of space opera, and this scratches that itch. In a different way than starfinder, which is good. Right so, this is more of a thing for the buyer: The Cybermancer, Engineer, Hunter, Sentinel, Specialist and Warrior are the Warlock, Cleric, Revised Ranger, Paladin, Rogue and Fighter in essence, but heavily reflavored. And when I say reflavored, I mean it. However, the subclasses (At least from what i've seen) are not, and most are entirely new (excpet for the Hunter, but it's the revised ranger) or have had new stuff added/cobbled together from already existing subclasses. What this means is that even if you're not gonna be running a space campaign, the content from this book is still usable, which is awesome. Just replace all the space tech stuff with regular magitech and you're good to go. The Esper stuff can just be used as psionics (which actually melds quite nicely with what psionics is probably gonna be in 5e if you've been watching HFH). Space Ship Combat is easily repurposed as Sailing Boat Combat (Just reduce the size of everything because no they're not that big), and the backgrounds would easily fit onto a high magitech enviroment such as Eberron or Kaledesh. In fact, if you wanted to play a Kaledesh-esque campaign, get this.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Esper Genesis 5E Sci-fi - Core Manual
Publisher: Alligator Alley Entertainment
by Joseph D. B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/21/2018 08:50:39

This book is fantastic and very well done, with great art, layout, and clear, understandable rules. It borrows heavily from D&D 5e's Player's Handbook, but with a sci-fi theme throughout. Though there are only 8 classes, there are more archetypes for some comparable classes than in the PHB. The best part in my opinion is that EG is totally compatible with D&D 5e rules, and monsters are totally interchangeable between both systems. There's absolutely no reason why you can't have a D&D 5e barbarian fighting along side a Warrior, while your party's Melder and Cleric and slinging spells in the back. My players and I switched over to EG from Starfinder and it's not a decision we regret. Space combat even makes sense because it's treated very similarly to regular combat. I can't wait for the other two core rulebooks to release (Master Technician's Guide--i.e. the DMG--and the Threats Database--i.e. the MM). Overall, great fun!



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Esper Genesis 5E Sci-fi - Core Manual
Publisher: Alligator Alley Entertainment
by Linda W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/21/2018 03:59:29

I played a couple games using this setting and I was impressed by how refreshingly different it felt from standard D&D stuff, while retaining the accessibility and flexibility of the D&D 5e rules system. The writing flows well and is incredibly cohesive, and the artwork and layout are pretty great. The art is arguably a lot better than other sci-fi stuff that's out there. I would recommend this for people both new and used to science fiction settings - you can't go wrong with this one.



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Esper Genesis 5E Sci-fi - Core Manual
Publisher: Alligator Alley Entertainment
by Robert R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/07/2018 19:17:06

Esper Genesis - A Science Fantasy/Fiction game based on the 5th ed D&D rules.

You get all new races and classes, though it's not too hard to see how some of them were derived from the originals to fit this setting. A setting where discovery of the Cauldrons, mysterious planetoid/planetary scale artifacts from an unknown source, have spawned new technologies and new powers, Esper Genesis.

Ok, it's a star spanning sci-fi romp with it's own fantasy components. Psionics and Esper powers are definitley a fantasy component that is very common in scifi. The game lends itself very well to a nice range of settings that could easily include Star Wars, Mass Effect, or even the Retief series of books if you are so inclined, though it does have it's own setting included.

I've found the writing clear and easy to understand, and the artwork astounding! In my opinion, I've rarely seen artwork of this caliber in sci-fi games, or even games in general.

It even has a good spaceship combat system that gives people things to do other than wait for the pilot or gunner to win or get everyone spaced.

If you're curious, why not take a look at the Basic Rules, that file is free. Esper Genesis Basic Rules

I own or have otherwise looked at a variety of scifi rpg rulesets for star romping, and this is one is my favorite.



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