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Deep Blues: Victorian House
Publisher: 0one Games
by Noah D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/31/2014 09:57:27

I am normally a huge fan of 0one products, but I was very disappointed in this one, which appears to have been done quickly and without a lot of thought. The plans lack a number of things one would expect to see in a house of that area, including (arguably) a bathroom, privies and most especially quarters for the servants! There are also some anomalies in the house, including an extra room on both the first and second floor, each of which have a door and a window but no furnishings and no apparent function. On a production level the Legend pages for those floors, which might have explained the purpose of those rooms, are not included in the product.

Altogether, this is NOT Oone's best piece of work by a long shot.



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Tales of the Space Marines
Publisher: Zero Point Information
by Noah D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/07/2014 12:43:22

If you have a group of players that is taken with the idea of playing huge men in enormous armor wielding ridiculously large weapons in order to slaughter vast populations of other sentient beings in the furtherance of the agenda of an ultraviolent imperialist hegemony, then I dare you to play this game with them. Just one evening will completely alter the way they see the galaxy, and their character's place in it.

It's clearly intended for one evening's play, and the idea can be easily adapted to any system, but in its quiet way "Tales of the Space Marines" makes some powerful points about gaming, power and morality.



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Callisto
Publisher: VSCA Publishing
by Noah D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/07/2014 12:26:51

Callisto presents a simple (almost too simple) straightforward approach to running an email campaign in any setting. Military, financial and popular support issues are handled very simply, and may not contain enough detail to satisfy those who want to know how many arrows each of his archers is carrying, but it works for me.

The one peculiarity of the system is that it leaves a lot of the world-running in the hands of the players. For example, they recommend that one player be in charge of determining who won any battles that take place in the campaign. They suggest that no player be put in charge of an aspect of the game that can affect their character, but unless some player is running Switzerland, I was unclear as to how that would work.

Generally, however, it is a decent system in the modern "diminished GM role" tradition. I recommend it, if only to get some additional ideas for your own email campaign.



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One Dollar Dungeon: Rogue's Reward Prison Map Pack
Publisher: D20 Cartographer
by Noah D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/18/2014 01:10:37

The prison map is beautifully drawn, and contains a lot of interesting rooms and hiding places for heroes trying to break out their friends. But on second glance there are some weird things about the map. There is a stairway that appears to go to some undisclosed location. There is something that surrounds the back end of the prison but it isn't clear whether it's a wall or a pathway. When I used it for a 7th Sea prison break I had to keep saying. "Okay, just pretend that there's a barracks of guards over here on the second floor you can't see, and that the kitchen for the prison which you can't see is actually over where the map shows the torture chamber down below."

A written description of the prison would have been a huge help in figuring this out. Great map, poorly thought out.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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100 Formidable Names for Spaceships
Publisher: Mr. Bones Publishing
by Noah D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/19/2013 12:32:55

It's hard to be TOO critical of a product that costs a dollar, so I won't be. The "Formidable Names" range in quality from, well, formidable (i.e. "Hyperion", "Leviathan", "Excalibur") to the downright silly (i.e. "Moral Majority", "Suicidal Tendencies", "Closed Casket"). The weakness is that the names are appropriate for different kinds of ships such as military, traders, pirates and space bikers (?) (see "Fratricide" and "Rabid Mastiff"). so rolling for a random name is likely to produce something wildly inappropriate for the type of ship you're naming.

Nonetheless, some creativity has gone into the making of this product, and I've already used it a couple of times.



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