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Stars Without Number: Revised Edition
Publisher: Sine Nomine Publishing
by Jon M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/13/2018 16:18:42

The production quality has gone way way up in this revised edition. There is tons of great full color art to inspire players and game masters. It adds great new character creation rules to let players really dig into customizing their character. It's a weighty tome with lots of tables for running a space sandbox for many years.



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B/X Essentials: Core Rules
Publisher: Necrotic Gnome Productions
by Jon M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/19/2017 15:36:29

This book boils down the B/X rules into a setting agnostic form and is perfect for those world builders that want familiar B/X rule set but are looking to put their own flavor of custom classes, equipment and creatures on top. Looking forward to further books in this series: Classes & Equipment, Spells, and Monsters.

Organization of this book is excellent and the small printed booklet should make a useful table reference for combat, turn sequence, and more. And I intend to use this with my players as a reference, and for my own world building as this fairly lightweight reference has enough of B/X for things important to my own campaign such as ship travel and travel through air.



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Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures
Publisher: Flatland Games
by Jon M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2014 15:08:28

This system addresses one of the main complaints my players have of my OSR adventures, that their characters are sometimes not well suited for adventuring and lack much background or connection with the other player characters. The playbook system included in this is pretty amazing, it is not really an OSR way to create characters because you get to pick your class/archetype first and then roll to build up the background and suitable stats for that character. The playbooks are really quick to run though, and I like that I can hand out self-directed playbooks to players so that everyone can create their characters in parallel. The generation process looks like it creates easier characters, not quite as hard-core as classic roll 3d6 for stats and deal with the early demise of several characters in even a novice adventure.

The book claims to do a complete adventure, from scratch, in 4-5 hours. If this is true, this seems like a rather good system to run at a con. Especially given that the overall system will be familiar to most players, who can help assist new players.

I plan to run this system in my next adventure. And that it has mostly classic rules makes it highly compatible with other supplements (I'm a big Swords & Wizardry fan)

The biggest flaw is that there isn't a lot of direction given for a DM to construct a playbook. But there are about 19 playbooks available already to use as examples, so perhaps as I become more familiar with the technique it will seem less daunting.

Overall: A tremendous value.



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Wizards and Gunslingers
Publisher: Avalon Game Company
by Jon M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/20/2014 02:12:45

Custom system, but well organized. I haven't played it, but giving 5 stars because it's complete with rules, setting, maps, tools to quickly construct scenarios, put together NPCs and good tips for new GMs. Definitely leans towards creative role-playing and story telling and not for crunchy combat. Good for groups that want to have an adventure, rather than groups who want to compare how many hitpoints their weapon can dish out per round. (You can probably sense my own bias here)



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Character Death Certificate
Publisher: Stormlord Publishing
by Jon M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/17/2014 22:34:14

I like that it has both full size and quarter sheet size. The check boxes are a bit limiting as the first death in the campaign I'm running would be: Stoned by a Goblin. A few checkboxes with fill in the blanks would be nice.



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