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Afterday: 2D6 Adventure After the Apocalypse
Publisher: Michael Brown
by John J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/23/2022 14:22:25

Well, to be honest I am a sucker for all things post-apoc ever since I played Gamma World way back in 1985. (It is still my fav). I was looking for a 2d6-based post-apoc game so I could run at conventions as the mechanics are super-easy. Hence when I came across Afterday I had questions. To be fair, Mr. Brown said stright-up it was not a science-fantasy high flux setting.

In fact, it is much more a Twilight 2000-type book. There are no high tech items (everything is TL6 or 7) and mutants are given only a cursory page and a reference to Metamorphica.

I checked Metamorphica and the problem is it is systemless (and HUGE) so as to be more an idea book than any great help. So now I am converting the mutations list from 4th Edition Gamma World to 2d6/Cepheus Engine terms.

THAT said, Afterday has some well thought out professions, a nod to starting characters much younger due the hardships of the post-apoc world, and a robust settlement generator which makes use of good old Traveller's hexidecimal one-line of digits coding for a location. (Should be ridiculously easy to code a random generator in an Excel sheet and pop out a dozen locations).

So, is it perfect for me? No, I like mutants, and sentient animals, and robots, and plants, and lasers and crazed AI and the whole kitchen sink. But this book is a great start and for thos running a more serious game, it should world well. Keep in mind Traveller/2d6 is inherently lethal, so a more serious game would work very well. Indeed, the Pirates of Drinax series' main homework is a radioactive biohazard hellhole and I could easily see this book of use for generating adventures there. (Hopefully as that campaign progresses, the PCs will help the poor unfortunates gain the medicines, pollution processing, and survival equipment to slowly rebuild something resembling a decent life).

I also love the old TSR standbys Boot Hill and Gangbusters, and it looks like Brown made 2d6 books for those settings as well. Time to have some cowboys and G-Men time travel to a fantasy world and then onto a post-apoc one. (eyes twinkle with the possibilities).



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Thank you for the kind review. I'm in the middle of updating/upgrading several of my genre books. Watch for a new edition of Afterday sometime next year (hopefully closer to the beginning than the end.) I'll be sure to include material on such items as mutants and robots.
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Afterday: 2D6 Adventure After the Apocalypse
Publisher: Michael Brown
by Steven W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/09/2018 11:25:32

Please note, this is a read-thru review, not a play review.

If you are already familiar with other 2d6 Sci Fi games, then this product gives you new careers, equipment lists, and brief but usable rules on post-apocalyptic settlements, animals and travel. The author also includes a brief listing of some different types of apocalypses that could have brought the old world low, which is alays a nice read in these sorts of games. If this is your first 2d6 system game then the actual rules content may be a bit sparse. For instance, some of the one line skill descriptions (such as Steward) are not too helpful in figuring out what the skill does in this campaign context.

There is a one paragraph section on post-humans in the apocalypse that basically points you to other products that will give you more details and generation systems. This is understandable, but a bit disappointing as I feel the author could have presented brief workable rules in less than a page that would have done the trick.

My one single complaint about the product is that the first 10 pages consist of the same image repeated 5 times, single sided, first as the product cover in color, then the exact same page in gray scale, then the gray scale image with publisher text, then the gray scale image with a table of contents, then the gray scale image with an author's dedication. Besides being a bit of an ink waster, it just felt like it was an unneccesary use of space.

For the price, I am very well satisfied with this product and could easily see myself using it for a short campaign or two. A bit more development and this would be 5 stars for me.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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