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Izirion's Enchiridion of the West Marches
by Keith M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/21/2021 12:50:47

Super well made book on creating and running a campaign inspired by the the West Marches (summarized as a sandboxy, dynamic and dangerous dnd setting). There's an emphasis on survival, emergent storytelling, and cohesive worldbuilding. The book is nicely laid out with tons of beautiful art.

An awesome resource for anyone interested in running a West Marches style campaign, or really for creating any sandboxy campaign in a wild setting.



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Izirion's Enchiridion of the West Marches
by Jesse M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/06/2021 22:11:25

I love it! It's an in depth, detailed, and overall very well made wilderness guide for D&D 5e which can pretty easily be converted I would imagine. it has the rules and guidelines for anything Wilds, and has examples and walkthroughs as well to help make sure you really know what you're doing! Would recommend to anyone who wants a more detailed look at the dangers of the wilderness in RPGs.



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Rust Hulks
by Raymond (. W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/19/2020 15:31:51

Awesome! Amazing! Finally, the game that will get me over the bump towards MCing a PbtA game. After reading and tinkering with so many of this ilk over the years, along comes a rulebook that is easy to read with its conversational tone, easy to understand with pages of narrative and mechanical examples, and if Rich Rogers and his Star Wars reskin is to be believed ... easy (and fun) to run! Check it out! First, listen to the +1 Forward podcast interview of Mr. Sorensen, then listen (or watch) Mr. Roger's Star Wars reskin actual play (via Youtube or on the Gauntlet Hangout podcast). Finally, buy it and then demand more from Mr. Sorensen, share what you create, and above all, have fun with your family and friends.



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Rust Hulks
by Charles M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/14/2020 21:21:27

Here's the Skinny on Rust Hulks: If I wanted to play PBTA Firefly, Cowboy Beebop, Killjoys, Dark Matter, or The Expanse, I'd play it in Rust Hulks

If I wanted to play Star Trek? Probably not. It's too clean and optimistic.

Star Wars? It depends on the Era. Stick to the Empire, it would be fine, But if you're looking some sweet Jedi on Jedi action, you're gonna have a bad time. There aren't really mechanics for emulating mystic stuff like the Force. The lack of any kind of 'mystic-space-magician playbook is kind of a drag.

If I wanted to play Alien, I'd do it in Rust Hulk. Which is odd to say, since there no aliens in Rust Hulk. Its humans only - no playbooks/moves for aliens.

I can't speak to the hardcover, but the PDF is built for ease of use. It's in a single colunm format with easy to read black text on a white background (this contributes to the books 270+ page count). and the page numbers of the document match the page number sin the TOC and Index. It's perfect for consuming on a tablet. The only art is in the playbooks.

In general, each new PBTA game has a 'secret' sauce' that sets it apart from those that came before. In Rust Hulks the 'secret sauce' is a realtionship matrix. Where Apocalyple World has Hx, and the Sprawl has Links, Rust Hulks has 'Chains and Heat'. To crudely simplfy the mechanic: Characters assist each other which results in relationships getting tested - If things get 'tested' enough, the Captain ends up throwing Jayne out the airlock.

If I had to compare it to any other PBTA Game, I'd say it is most strongly influenced by The Sprawl. It's has a strong mission based feel to it. It's got 'Get a Job'. It's got 'Get Paid'. If you liked the Sprawl, you'll like this too.

The Good:

  • Mission Based.
  • Chains and Heat.
  • Simple PDF Format.

The Bad:

  • Missing a 'jedi/mystic' playbook. How can you do Mass Effect without Adepts? Or Outlaw Star without Psychics? Or Staw Wars without Jedi? It's not possible.
  • Where's the aliens? How can you do Mass Effect without bird men, frog men, talking dinosaurs, and gender-fluid tentacle-headed space vampires???
  • The default setting is our solar system...which is boring.
  • The Rules want the group to draw their Ship as part of world building in session 0. The people I game with really can't draw. We skipped that step.

My Verdict:

  • I like it.

Make sure the download the 1.0.3 version of the PDF. The author initially dorked out and uploaded a versioon withoug hyperlinks. It's fixed now, but the cursed 1.0.2 version is still in my library begging me to dowload it by mistake.



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Blood Chrome Neon
by Jeff M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/05/2019 11:37:59

Blood Chrome Neon is simple and flexible enough to play most cyberpunk settings, the task resolution is not revolutionary but works perfectly, I also appreciate the ‘’familly” skill which can give you a good character concept even if the system doesn't rely only on archetypical or classes.

The rules can be read in 2 hours, character might ask 10 - 30 minutes to be created, and even without a setting you can run a cyberpunk adventure almost immediately and it is also simple enough to get TTRPG newcomers, I also like the hacking rules are barebone and not a sort of side “dungeon” mini game, as in Cyberpunk 2020, Shadowrun and The Black Hack - Cyberpunked (or Mirrorshade), to me those netrunning rules are a bit too confusing for my primal brain. The combats could be played on a grid or narratively (I prefer the latter). Everything else from the gears to the augmentations are a guideline to fit the needs of the GM and players, and as described in the book, it's quite easy to hack BCN, maybe someone will make a netrunning hack after all.

EDIT : i forgot to mention something about the augmentations ; it s quite easy to use, instead to use humanity or essence pool, it feels a bit like video game system with slots for each part of the body, so there is no sanity loss or anything like that if you want to enhance your character with augs.

I would recommend to get in addition the Augmented Reality PDF to use with BCN and for my part, I will certainly use as well the tables from Mirrorshade to create stuff on the go.

If i had to give a mark on a scale of 10 : i would give a solid 7.5 out of 10.

I have only two problems, one with the character sheet, there is no dedicated slot to write down the family skills, my other issue is really minor, the font used isn't dyslexic friendly, the a and o look really similar.

Here is a quick hack, in the europa zone, we would use the écu (or eku) roughly based on the Euro with the same symbol : €. The exchange rate is 1 nuyen is equal to 1 ecu.

My other quick hack is to invert the contact creation and the gear creation, once you created your contacts, you convert the remaining building points for your gears.



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