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Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction)
by Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 08/30/2014 04:57:17
Shadowrun: Sail Away, Sweet Sister (Enhanced Fiction) By now you probably already know that 'Sail Away Sweet Sister' is the sequel to 'Another Rainy Night'. If you didn't, go back and pick up the first in the series. Whilst some will say that this novella could stand alone, readers will have a much more coherent experience if the companion volume if read first. Now - on to the actual story. It is a well-written piece of fiction that pays attention to little details, good characterisation, vampires-as-monsters, and Shadowrun continuity. The author is obviously a fan of the setting and this shines through in their style. All of the characters are given solid personalities, drawbacks, and (in some cases) slightly disturbing vices as coping mechanisms for the Sixth World. It would be really easy to mine the concepts in the novella to flesh out NPCs for your next game. The story ties into the hints from 'Storm Front' (a brilliant source book from 4e) that those afflicted by HMHVV are experiencing far worse symptoms than usual. The n...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction)
by Martin W.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 08/29/2014 07:52:47
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction) In quite enjoyed this book; plenty of intrigue coupled with an interesting point-of-view that I've rarely, if ever, seen in a work of Shadowrun fiction. The story held my attention throughout, and I found both the characters, their stories, and the plot twists to be highly engaging and amusing. Well worth the low price of admission.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction)
by David W.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 08/24/2014 17:32:30
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction) Shadowrun seems to be going through a resurgence of popularity of late with a new video game and RPG edition and it made me want to pick up this story to give it a try. Once upon a time I loved the stories of Nigel Findley, Robert N. Charrette and Mel Odom who in my mind have already gone and set a standard for the setting of Shadowrun. A Shadowrun story brings some expectations for me. A world of magic and near future where machines invade everyone's life and even their bodies. A grey world of cyberpunk meeting the light and dark of fantasy. With Street Samurai, Native Shamans caught up in the schemes of ancient elves and dragons. A genre of its own where other unlikely genres come to meet and interact. The story while well written didn't evoke any of that for me. It started with a cold sex scene that had me wondering what I was reading right form the start. None of the traditional mixes of Japanese slang or other Shadowrun slang are used in the story that I noticed It isn't a cyb...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction)
by Alan M.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 08/23/2014 20:54:13
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction) Nothing Personal is a relatively entertaining read. Looking at a run from the perspective of Mr. Johnson definitely isn't the usual take you get. The bevy of double crosses and intrigues amuse as always. This is pretty light on the metaplot elements, something I am always grateful for. The only point I noticed was the changes in hacking in the new era in Shadowrun, and that isn't really integral to the plot. I do have three criticisms, though I'll acknowledge the first two are matters of taste. Nothing Personal uses more conventional profanity and slang rather than the more traditional Shadowrun terms. I know that has fallen out of favor in recent years but I still prefer my "slots" and "frags." The second criticism I have is that there is a somewhat explicit sex scene near the beginning of the story. While I understand that the protagonist is supposed to come off as a slime ball, I think it's a case where alluding to it would be better than showing us his misogynistic nature. Agai...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Writer Tools Generator Pack
by Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Chaotic Shiny Productions
Date Added: 08/23/2014 16:51:46
Writer Tools Generator Pack "Hey Jason you only ever give five stars to the most superlative stuff out there " "No, that's not true at all, sometimes I give five stars to something that's just really good, but has some element that especially tickles my fancy or which has had an unusual amount of use in my gaming, that's what I mean by 'reviewers tilt'." "So are you really going to give a five star rating to just a bunch of random generators?!" "Yes, here's why: Although they're not quite 'tools' so much as prompts, this set of random generators goes beyond the normal 'roll on this table' nonsense that often gets shlepped around on the site as a means of brainstorming. Instead of needing dice, you just click and immediately get five options for your next plotline, short story, poem (!!!), or location. There's a gag 'motivator' telling you to write more words today ('1033 more and you learn the secret in secret sauce!) and, quite provocatively, there's a 'visual' generator that instead of saying someo...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding
by William W. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: 5 Minute Workday Publishing
Date Added: 08/14/2014 20:56:00
Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding A meaty, system-agnostic collection of methods and tips for worldbuilding, drawn from blog posts and feedback. I'm a sucker for any RPG product that helps improve the quality of play, and this one really delivers. In its 200 pages there are few illustrations and no gimmicks, just a whole lot of advice, ideas, and inspiration. This one is well worth the admission fee.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Ghostories Expanded RPG
by collin s.
Publisher: Precis Intermedia
Date Added: 08/14/2014 00:14:43
Ghostories Expanded RPG I think Thomas B's review pretty much hit the highlights, so I'll keep my review brief. Then Genre Diversion 1.1 rules are fast and with this rule book you could easily do X-Files, Fringe, Buffy the vampire slayer, Bureau 13, really any game that crosses into the supernatural. Highly recommended.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Songs of the Sun and Moon: the Changing Breeds Anthology
by Anthony F.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 08/13/2014 12:43:20
Songs of the Sun and Moon: the Changing Breeds Anthology The Fera, Gaia's lost bastions. Nearly wiped from the face of the earth in The War of Rage, they present an interesting and unique perspective in the world of Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Betrayed by the Garou, they are outsiders in a world of outsiders, forever torn between the honor of duty and the agony of a just revenge, denied. Funded by the Changing Breeds 20th Anniversary Edition's Kickstarter stretch goals, this anthology give us seven stories that provide a glimpse into the lives of the other shifters, as they try and uphold the charge Gaia has trusted with them. Fear and Loathing in Malfeas, by Jason Andrew, tells the tale of a strong-willed Ajaba, and a quick-fingered Ratkin, traveling to the heart of darkness, Malfeas itself, to retrieve something almost lost. Way of Endings, by Bill Bridges, brings us down the rabbit hole, as we follow a Qualmi into the den of a sleeping giant. The Sins of Sharks, by Matthew McFarland, reminds us, with the cold logic of the Rokei...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: 5 Minute Workday Publishing
Date Added: 08/10/2014 12:03:26
Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding Do you want your very own campaign world? Somewhere deep inside, most role-players do. It's part of the creative itch that we scratch by playing our games. It's part of the delight we take in alternate realities populated by imaginary people who become all to real to us, their creators. As players, we want to create a character who is 'real' within the shared alternate reality he inhabits with the rest of the party; and as GMs we want to creat a rich alternate reality in which all those characters exist. There are plenty good campaign settings out there, and not all of us has the time to create a whole new one from scratch, but that sneaking desire to create is there deep within us. If you feel that way, this book is well worth a read. In it. the author has mused over a vast range of things that need to be considered if you are going to design your own campaign setting. It's not the gospel how-to, he's the first to admit that he doesn't know everything and indeed that he doesn't ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mistborn Adventure Game Digital Edition
by Mic I.
Publisher: Crafty Games
Date Added: 08/07/2014 22:37:56
Mistborn Adventure Game Digital Edition Well the game looks great, it has an amazing system, and follows along the lines of the mistborn series. Unfortunately the file is to big to be used on an iPad mini. If your using a computer by all means buy this book, but of your using a iPad mini don't. In the future if it's possible I would love a smaller version of the game. Thanks.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Fey Wine ( Within the Ring of Fire )
by James R.
Publisher: RAW Immersive Games
Date Added: 07/27/2014 09:09:06
Fey Wine ( Within the Ring of Fire ) First off, this book is recommended for mature readers. It doesn't pull any punches regarding the societies of the setting, K'vega Thale. If you are playing or planning to play (or GM) Within the Ring of Fire, Fey Wine will help set the tone and provide a solid depth of understanding of the importance of the world's divinities, the attitudes and interactions of the world's people, and just how menacing K'vega Thale is overall. If you are not playing Within the Ring of Fire, Fey Wine is still very much worth reading as a stand-alone novel; the author has paid a lot of attention to giving the novel's setting a sense of versimilitude and telling an engrossing story, one that has not really been told before. Many fantasy novels rehash familiar themes or "borrow" from past writers; - not so much Fey Wine; - it's not a generic fantasy story. Well worth reading, check it out....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Judy of the Jungle: Murder Goes Native
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: NUELOW Games
Date Added: 07/13/2014 10:55:17
Judy of the Jungle: Murder Goes Native If you enjoy classic pulp tales set in the jungle where a white face is a rarity and most of the wildlife is hostile (except a few remarkably tame beasts) you are in for a treat, with several full stories reproduced, the comic strips in crisp greyscale, the text ones in less-well-scanned images (not OCRd). Tales of confusion between modern medicine and traditional ways, and even of a film-maker determined on setting wild animals against each other and never mind any human beings around... stuff that all would make excellent 1920s jungle adventures (does anyone run Justice Inc any more?) or provide additional colour to a plotline that takes the party into the jungle for another reason. There's also some notes based around a new ruleset that's in preparation, called 'd6xd6 Core'. This is being written by Lester Smith and is due out around December 2014 (this review being written in July 2014), and looks a slick rules-light fun-heavy system. Various characters from the Judy of the J...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Fey Wine ( Within the Ring of Fire )
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: RAW Immersive Games
Date Added: 07/12/2014 04:56:41
Fey Wine ( Within the Ring of Fire ) First off, I have had very few positive experiences with fantasy novels, so I was a bit sceptical when I heard there was going to be a novel to go along with "Within the Ring of Fire." But, even after reading "Saga Book" and the "77 Thrones: the Theological Codex" cover-to-cover several times over (and watching the WtRoF playtesting vids on YouTube), I still found myself overwhelmed by the vast level of detail and expansive cast of characters. This ain't no Tolkien, D&D, elves 'n' dwarves kids' stuff - there's nothing else like it, and it takes some effort to wrap your head around this outlandish new setting. What I needed was a nice, concrete example of how the elaborate world of K'Vega Thale works in practice. A "normal" game company might give us an adventure module for this purpose - but damned if Our Main Man would ever to stoop to such levels. What we got was "Fey Wine": Two intertwined adventures with protagonists from very different walks in life. It shows you ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Fey Wine ( Within the Ring of Fire )
by Michael P.
Publisher: RAW Immersive Games
Date Added: 07/11/2014 10:50:56
Fey Wine ( Within the Ring of Fire ) 'Fey Wine' is a story of parallels, in which we follow two main heros, A-Ya Doon the last worshiper of Luk-Coo and Aeffinea of the Freyean and seeker of the song of Cinder. Both characters follow the call of their divinitys and their roads intersect and pass over each other several times in the story, but one can draw lines to the extraordinarily romantic A-Ya and the passion of Aeffinea in not only their quests for romance, but the dangers they face and the drive to achieve what they set out to do. The book also serves as not only an interesting character study, for while the main heros receive a bit more of the in depth look of character growth, one will find themselves attached to many of the supporting cast, laughing, rooting for, and maybe even having good reason to despise and pity them. You get a fully swing of interesting philosophy's, goals and drives, and a great look at the different mindsets of the different races. Speaking of the Races, this book is almost like a tou...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Pocket Things
by Harry K.
Publisher: As If Productions
Date Added: 07/05/2014 20:37:37
Pocket Things This hit my funny spot. It might make for an excellent party game amongst drunk or possibly stoned gamers without ability to play anything complicated, although the scorekeeping system could prove problematic depending on the levels of impairment involved. Yes, a one-page game of silliness involving stuff pulled out of your pocket has a scoring system. I highly recommend this product for at least reading, even if it is never played.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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