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Pasión de las Pasiones: Quickstart
Publisher: Magpie Games
by Alan H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/29/2020 13:51:17

Came across this by chance and thought I'd give it a go. First of all, neither myself or my players had any idea about the examples that were given (stories like Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, Marimar, and Jane the Virgin) - not heard of them let alone seen any of them. So we decided to go with a format that we were familiar with - the big glossy US soaps of the 80s and 90s like Dallas and Dynasty. The quickstart enables you to get right into the action quickly, pickingyour story up well into the series. There's enough choice with the ready made characters to have a well rounded couple of sessions. Playability was good and lent itself to a fast-paced game with even the non-participating players able to contribute via the audience mechanic. The one drawback we found was with the available moves which seemed a bit limited. For example, during play one character ended up in a car chase which we could not see fitted with any of the moves. Our solution wss to come up with a couple of custom moves of our own on the fly as and when they arose. Overall everyone enjoyed the game. We played a few sessions with a couple of episodes. Managed to end on a gripping cliffhanger with a few hooks bubbling for the next season. Will wait for the core rulebook to come out before continuing with our next time.



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Pasión de las Pasiones: Quickstart
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Tacky, Tawdry and Tasteless: the Reality Show RPG
Publisher: Spectrum Games
by Alan H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/05/2017 17:39:51

I know that this was issued as an April Fool's Day joke - as indicated by the page at the end in which Spectrum start out by saying they are planning at least 8 source books . . . before stting that it's an April Fool.

The game itself is actually rather fun. It's a quick and simple game to play - if you're looking for a serious game with more in-depth characters and a wider skill-set then you need to look for a different system. Rules are minimal and essentially involves rolling a D6 and comparing the result to a stat that you are using. Characters are created in a manner of minutes - there are 5 stats and you roll 6D6 and ignore the lowest dice, make any 1s left a 4 and then apply the remaining values to your 5 stats - with 2 being the best score and 6 being the worst. You then get to assign up to 3 Positive Qualities and 1 Negative Quality to your character. These give bonueses or penalties to your dice roll. As the game progresses you will earn and spend Edit Points which can be used to allow re-rolls or to change something in a scene. There's a TV show format to the game with segements interrupted by Commercial Breaks - you roll on a table to see the result of the Ad Break - your show can gain or lose viewers, one or more characters can gain Edit Points due to their popularity or lack-of.

All in all a fun game. I've done a couple of shows with this format - Porn Stars Got Talent (a talent show for former porn stars who are trying to change thier career by doing singing or stand-up-comedy); Celebrity Riggers (an elimination competition in which Z-List Celebrities try their hand at working on an off-shore oil rig) and Teecherz (a fly on the wall day-to-day life study of a group of teachers in a seriously bad fictional school).



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Tacky, Tawdry and Tasteless: the Reality Show RPG
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