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War in Tokyo: Diary of a Volunteer
by Evan E.
Publisher: Antics
Date Added: 11/22/2013 19:59:28
War in Tokyo: Diary of a Volunteer The majority of this PDF is a timeline that provides the major points of the 10 years of alternate history that is the setting. There are two and a quarter pages of actual diary that gives a bit of feel as to what the game's mood might be like. The layout is stark and simple, but in a way that helps readability rather than hindering it. With no real hint to the system or how the RPG will play mechanically, I will take it for what it is and give this a 4/5: a short and very simple pre-release setting teaser. If you're expecting anything game related or more extensive, you'd probably have to rate it lower, but that's probably unfair. As is common in alternate history circles, the work ends with citations and a call for collaborators and contributions of fiction to help flesh out the universe, but also a very basic note that there will be a "RPG skirmish table-top wargame" released "in the coming months."...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Doctors Without Borders - PWYW Donation
by Andreas P R.
Publisher: Doctors Without Borders
Date Added: 11/22/2013 14:39:40
Doctors Without Borders - PWYW Donation Helping those less fortunate than many of us gamers is always a good idea, and with Doctors Without Borders, I'm sure the money goes 100% into helping and 0% into some dubious "higher causes" such as promoting some ideologies. Perfect. :-)

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Paradox Room
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Date Added: 11/22/2013 06:47:47
The Paradox Room Originally posted at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2013/11/22/book-review-the-paradox-
-room-the-strange/ By the time this review goes live, there will be less than twenty-four hours until the Kickstarter for Monte Cook’s newest RPG, The Strange ends. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign has raised over $300,000 with the help of 2,252 backers. Although The Strange won’t be breaking Numenera‘s numbers by any means, it does mean that Monte Cook has pulled in well over $800,000 between the two Kickstarters, and that’s insanely impressive. Speaking of Numenera, The Strange will be using the same base system that its predecessor uses (The Cipher System is the name for the rules and mechanics), so it should be mostly compatible. In fact, The Strange could easily be one of the previous eight worlds that preceded the Ninth World. I’m a huge fan of Numenera and so I’m expecting to enjoy The Strange just as much. For a merely fifty dollars you can get electronic/digital versions of...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dresden Files RPG: Our World
by Thomas B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 11/18/2013 00:35:07
Dresden Files RPG: Our World WHAT WORKS: A fantastic read for fans of the Dresden Files, as well as a great guide for adapting the creatures and NPCs from the novels as a guide for making your own. Again, the production values are top notch, and the sidebars are very useful and informative, especially when dealing with issues like how to handle Harry in your games (if at all). The index covering both books is also a great thing. Also, it's The Dresden Files. I'm a fanboy. I admit it. WHAT DOESN'T WORK: My biggest gripe is the overabundance of "We don't really know, so we're hand waving this" entries...that said, Harry is considered to be an "unreliable narrator", so you can OFFICIALLY take anything in the book with a grain of salt. CONCLUSION: Not quite as high on the "Must Buy" list as "Your Story", but still a great, well-written and gorgeous resource. I certainly don't regret picking it up, even though my eventual game will probably having nothing to do with Chicago or the inhabitants of the books (at ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dresden Files RPG: Your Story
by Thomas B. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 11/17/2013 17:56:05
Dresden Files RPG: Your Story WHAT WORKS: A licensed RPG is about perfect for Fate, because it helps put a context to all the rules and moving bits, especially Aspects. The production values are gorgeous and the writing is hilarious, with lots of great asides and bits for fans of the books as Harry, Billy and Bob shoot comments back and forth. While the game is ostensibly a two-book purchase, this book actually gives you everything you need to play (including a sample setting), shy of a bestiary. WHAT DOESN'T WORK: If you don't already own Fudge Dice or Fate Dice, you'll need a pair. Wizards get an overwhelming amount of focus, which may be a problem if you have a player in the game that isn't a fan of spellcasters (though it is worth noting that Dresdenverse Wizards are MUCH more versatile than the Wizard archetype you're probably used to). Sample monsters would have been nice, for those who don't want to pick up a second book. If you hate informal tones to your books, stay away from this one. CONCLUSION: I ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dresden Files RPG: Your Story
by Roger L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 11/16/2013 05:56:42
Dresden Files RPG: Your Story http://www.teilzeithelden.de/2013/11/16/rezension-dresden-fi-
les-your-story/ Bereits seit 2006 entführt Jim Butcher seine deutschen Leser mit Die dunklen Fälle des Harry Dresden in die düstere und spannende Welt des einzigen Magier-Detektivs von Chicago. Heute beschäftigen wir uns mit dem 2010 durch Evil Hat Productions herausgegebenen Rollenspiel auf FATE-Basis. Die Lektüre der Romane ist keine Voraussetzung, um mit dem Spiel Freude zu haben. Fans der Serie profitieren allerdings von tieferem Hintergrundwissen und können schon mal nicht gespoilert werden. Die Spielwelt Vorab gesagt: Die Welt der Dresden Files, das Dresdenverse, ist über die Romane hinweg eine unheimlich facettenreiche, vielschichtige und vor allem düstere Welt geworden. Allerdings wird sie in diesem Band nur grob umrissen. Der dazu gehörende Weltenband Dresden Files: Our World beschäftigt sich dann ausschließlich mit dem Dresdenverse-Chicago und den in den Romanen auftauchenden Charakteren und Organisationen. ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dresden Files RPG: Your Story
by Derek L.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 11/13/2013 17:41:16
Dresden Files RPG: Your Story This sourcebook is well laid out - the table of contents is comprehensive, and the pages are littered with notes that help the player understand concepts. The style is evocative of the books, and it does come across as if it has been written by the characters in the series. One issue I found was that the structure of magic in the system does not lend itself well to balancing against evocators. My group had consistent issues with trying to keep other magic users from being eclipsed by our 'Dresden'. This took the form of refresh costs for sponsored magic being too high for the resulting lack of flexibility in use, and some weres having a great deal of difficulty dealing with the implications of the rules. Not all of our difficulty was due to the system - I am sure that we missed ways to solve problems that could have been used. I just wonder if this game may have been configured differently if it had come out after Fate Core, which I very much enjoy....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dinocalypse Now: Hell Comes to Hollywood - A Spirit of the Century Adventure
by Timothy G.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 11/02/2013 20:28:05
Dinocalypse Now: Hell Comes to Hollywood - A Spirit of the Century Adventure While I couldn't quite convince my book club to read Dinocalypse, I did manage to get a group together to play this recently. I just got my shipment of the Deck of Fate, and wanted to give it a spin. My group loved it. We generally play very humorous games, and this was right up our alley. I think it provides a very nice introduction to using Aspects (which was new for all the players). The constant choice of locations, and benefits/problems with each of them really got their brains wrapped around it, and by the end of the game, they'd all asked to change at least one aspect on their sheet, not for more bonuses, but to make their characters more interested in the story. It was awesome. Only beef was that with all the chaos in the city, the heroes got a little distracted, and it took them awhile to focus on some cohesive sort of plan. Would download for free again, and you should too!...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds
by Eon F.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 10/31/2013 20:05:45
Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds As mentioned, this is a really good introductory adventure. It sets the mood nicely for a Dresden Files campaign, and shows the players what's in store for them: a mix of the supernatural and the mundane, and plenty of bloodshed. Plus, it's free! You can't go wrong with this- or the Dresden Files rpg in general, though I prefer the new streamlined Fate Core system. Supposedly they're releasing an updated Dresden Files game with the new Core rules, and I can't wait for that!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds
by Steve E.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 10/31/2013 16:01:39
Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds This is one of the first sessions I ran of DFRPG. Was a great way to start, and get into the setting quickly. The base characters had room for customization, appealing to new and seasoned players. Well done.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dinocalypse Now: Hell Comes to Hollywood - A Spirit of the Century Adventure
by Dave B.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 10/30/2013 12:26:07
Dinocalypse Now: Hell Comes to Hollywood - A Spirit of the Century Adventure Played this as my groups first introduction to Spirit of the Century and it was a complete blast. It worked perfectly as a hook to get my group interested in the Fate mechanics and Spirit settings. None of has had read Dinocalypse prior to playing this adventure and it was still accessible and fun. Now some from the group (me included) are picking up Dinocalypse Now to read and help flesh out details from further adventures we are going to create in this world! This also led me to pick up the PDF of Strange Tales of the Century to help with building adventures and fleshing out the game world for my Centurions. Evil Hat - keep up the great work, keep that pulpy goodness coming! Drivethru - great website with a great interface, really easy to get free and pay content and keep everything organized, this is my go-to website for digital format RPG info!...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds
by David T.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 10/29/2013 22:30:20
Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds This is a very nice little introductory adventure, and I used it to start my campaign. It is set in the Baltimore in the back of the "Your Story" Dresden RPG book, and features an NPC who is, this being Dresden, in very serious trouble. It contains seven PCs if you want to use them, but can be run nicely with whatever characters you have, including characters the players just created. The adventure has three scenes to it: the scene of the crime (two dead baristas, one missing person), the search (which parties who have somebody who can use ritual magic may just skip, fair warning), and the confrontation. It will give the players and GM a feel to how a fairly normal Dresden scenario (if there is such a thing) would work....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dinocalypse Now: Hell Comes to Hollywood - A Spirit of the Century Adventure
by Roland V.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 10/29/2013 13:45:30
Dinocalypse Now: Hell Comes to Hollywood - A Spirit of the Century Adventure When I run games at conventions, there are a few guidelines I use. The first is that the scenario I've chosen to run is exciting. Nobody wants to try a game they're excited about at a convention, only to have the GM run a boring encounter. I want you to fondly remember the events of the Con. In Dinocalypse Now, you've got dinosaur-riding gorillas from another dimension invading the good old US of A! That's a plot players will remember. The second thing I look for is simple pre-generated PCs. While there is something to be said for letting people make their own characters in a system they want to try, it's not an ideal situation when you have a four-hour time slot and want to fill it with as much action as possible, and you never know if they're going to fit well with the scenario as-planned. Dinocalypse Now comes with three sample PCs, generated to allow room for player modification in-play. Author Brian Engard picked good archetypes, too: the Two-Fisted Detective, the Silver-Tongue...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Spirit of the Century Presents: King Khan
by Doyce T.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 10/29/2013 10:34:51
Spirit of the Century Presents: King Khan A great pulp romp, thanks to a genius, kung-fu, cybernetic gorilla. What's not to love?

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Strix Chronicle Anthology
by Roger L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 10/28/2013 03:48:06
The Strix Chronicle Anthology Originally posted at: http://www.teilzeithelden.de/2013/10/28/rezension-the-strix--
chronicle-anthology/ ---------------------------------------
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--------------------- Nach hek­ti­scher Pro­duk­ti­vi­tät in den 90ern und Anfang der 2000er war es in Sachen Fic­tion aus dem Hause White Wolf, von spo­ra­di­schen Ver­öf­fent­li­chun­gen abge­se­hen, lange Zeit sehr ruhig gewor­den. Zwar hat sich das nun nicht grund­le­gend geän­dert. Die „neue“ feder­füh­rende Firma Onyx Path Publis­hing (OPP) hat aller­dings nach län­ge­rer Zeit der Unge­wiss­heit mit einem Publi­ka­ti­ons­mo­dell auf der Basis von Kickstarter-Projekten, E-Books und Print-on-Demand wie­der Tritt gefasst und einen ehr­gei­zi­gen Ver­öf­fent­li­chungs­plan für die Zukunft vor­ge­legt. Darin haben Antho­lo­gien ihren Platz gefun­den, die das Erschei­nen beson­de­ren Hin­ter­grund­ma­te­ri­als der New World of Dar­k­ness begleiten. Im Novem­ber wird nun für Vam­p...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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