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Shadowrun: DocWagon 19
by William J.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 05/22/2022 16:40:26
Shadowrun: DocWagon 19 I was recently recommended Jennifer Brozek's work and I picked this up on a Bundle of Holding a while back. So I figured I'd finally get around to reading it. This novella is told from the perspective as YOU, the Viewer of a popular Trideo show. It quite literally describes camera transitions and what imagery the reporter is able to capture using her cybernetic eye drone, smart glasses, also some footage from a third party VTOL aircraft, and studio cameras. And it even has commercials. Honestly, a tiny bit off putting reading a story like a TV show, but you know what; it grew on me. I really enjoyed the narrative presentation, and thought to myself, without some behind the scenes exposition for us to see behind the curtain, would this work? To put it simply, it does. There are a few questions left unanswered, but overall it wraps up pretty satisfactorily. So, YOU, viewer, are watching *Stories with Hart*, starring Simone Hart as she does an investigative report on DocWagon ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Year of the Scarab Trilogy Complete
by Natalie C.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 05/03/2022 10:45:21
Year of the Scarab Trilogy Complete In my continuing quest to follow Beckett through White Wolf Publishing, I read the Year of the Scarab Trilogy. The Trilogy served as part of a year-long introduction to the *Mummy: the Resurrection* game line. In addition to *Mummy*, the story incorporates lore from *Wraith: the Oblivion*, *Hunter: the Reckoning*, *Vampire: the Masquerade*, and smidgen of *Mage: the Awakening*. I gotta be honest, folks: this trilogy was my second worst White Wolf reading experience ever. In broadstroke, and cutting out a lot of filler, Year of the Scarab Trilogy chronicles a comedy of terrible errors performed by terrible people as they seek the Heart of Osiris, the book’s McGuffin. We have Thea Ghandour and the Chicago hunters, who represent the worst of America in their blind hatred and stockpile of guns. It’s fine to not know things—unlike me, the hunters can’t look things up on the White Wolf Wiki—but it was total disinterest in learning (even about their own powers!) that got me. Compassion for a...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Trinity Continuum: Meridian
by Scott K.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/17/2022 07:23:22
Trinity Continuum: Meridian A story I've been waiting ~20 years for! An incredible piece that really shows off the Aeon setting in all it's weird glory. The main character is compelling and is a great vehicle to show off the range of what Vitakinesis can do, and shows off the power psions can muster even at long distances. The other characters are all super interesting and the setting of Le Blessure is well represented and would be a great placce to run a game. Another fantastic entry to the Trinity Continuum fiction library....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mission: La Glaciere
by Andrew P.
Publisher: Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)
Date Added: 04/16/2022 10:32:35
Mission: La Glaciere TLDR: I do not typically like "infantry" science fiction but I loved it and want more! I'm an old 2300AD fan from the original release of the game so I have read many of the background books which feed this story. This is important to understand my review because a good deal of the interest and tension of the story centers on the mystery of humanity's opponents in their first truly interstellar war. I came into this book knowing the main "secret" it was revealing to me. Pete Rogan STILL managed to engage, hold, and increase my interest as the story progressed. I'm a 22 year naval veteran and his military characters felt like people I'd served with. He brought out aspects of the setting that I hadn't considered and did so without multi-page expository dumps. The plot's tension was well maintained and split between internal and external sources so I never knew what which way the story was going to turn. This is relatively rare for me as I often find plots predictable. It was re...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Trinity Continuum: Meridian
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/07/2022 12:53:58
Trinity Continuum: Meridian **A trip through the wastelands - a Mephisto review** # **Meridian** For the novella **Meridian**, set in the universe of ***Trinity Continuum: Æon***, the story is based on a thrilling background of the setting: *La Blessure* - the devastated remains of France, which became the graveyard for millions after the crash of the space station Esperanza due to an attack of the aberrants. A unit of soldiers and scientists from the paranoid United Republic is sent into this wasteland to accomplish a secret mission objective known only to the unit's leader. To spice up this situation, the protagonist, Sophie, is not only a powerful vitakinetic, but also an undercover agent spying on the mission. She, therefore, cannot use her abilities openly at first. As to be expected, the mission goes wrong: the team's jet is destroyed by aberrants, and the team has to fight its way through the wasteland on foot – always on the lookout for mutants, aberrants, and flux zones. However, when Sophie&...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Scion: Tales of Heroes - A Scion Anthology
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/06/2022 13:34:49
Scion: Tales of Heroes - A Scion Anthology # **Heroes with all their might - and doubts - a Mephisto review** **Scion: Tales of Heroes** The daughters and sons of the gods walk our world, perform heroic deeds and stand against the titans - this is the core theme of the role-playing game ***Scion***. Appropriately titled **Tales of Heroes**, 15 short stories in this anthology provide insights into the game world and its characters - in this case, still at the more moderate hero level that the game has to offer. For example, a son of Loki seeks an ally to foil a plan involving dangerous flowers from the Aztec underworld. Then again, the rivalry between two young scions on social media escalates from a catfight to a full-fledged confrontation. In another story, two scions must rise above themselves to stop a tangible titanic threat. Many of the stories occur in our world, but some turn to mythological realms - sometimes the Asian underworld, sometimes the world of the Orisha and Loa, sometimes even Hades. The heroes all have un...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mindjammer - The Novel
by Christopher W.
Publisher: Mindjammer Press
Date Added: 03/31/2022 20:13:27
Mindjammer - The Novel I really wanted to like this, but it starts middlin' and gets worse over time. Pros: Some character development Mindjammer! Cons: Plot-driven to a fault — the characters need to be stupid for the plot to work, so they are stupid, especially the team leader. My god, what a disaster he would be. “And now the bad guys can do—THIS!” I wish this novel was anywhere near as good as the game.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
OBSCURE BATTLES 4 - SAND AND FLIES (2nd Edition)
by Bill M.
Publisher: Obscure Battles
Date Added: 03/27/2022 12:48:46
OBSCURE BATTLES 4 - SAND AND FLIES (2nd Edition) Great title! Awesome components and a very concise rulebook.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Scion: Tales of Heroes - A Scion Anthology
by Zachery N.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/21/2022 23:18:14
Scion: Tales of Heroes - A Scion Anthology **Scion: Tales of Heroes - A Scion Anthology** is a collection of stories set in the World of **Scion 2nd Edition**. The tales vary from those about to experience their Visitation, Scions learning about themselves, and those doing the most — and in some cases the least — to live up to what they understand their Birthright to be. Each one gives a bit of insight into the World and how the children of the Gods interact with it. They're all good, but there were a couple that really stood out to me. presented in the order of appearance *Ellis MacArthur Gets in a Fistfight with Gilgamesh* by Rai W. Cole is well, the title really explains what happens. The aurthor does an excellent job of portaying life as the child of the Gods in the social media age. *Unconventional* by Erykah Fassestt tells a relateable tale of someone attending their first convention, but in the World the biggest fandom conventions are for Scions. *Serpents and Blood* by Elizabeth Chaipraditkul had me on the edg...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
A Warrior's Soul
by Jason P.
Publisher: Mongoose
Date Added: 03/20/2022 17:46:34
A Warrior's Soul A short story about Aslan Ihateai (second sons who will not inherit) and outcasts basically waiting around in a camp on Kteiroa for a warlord to rise up and give them somewhere to go. In the meantime they drink, trade stories, and squabble amongst themselves. Tikhnal is the protoganist. He fights a duel with Brukhah, a braggart and bully who has already killed other Ihateai in duels in order to take their assets and wives. About half of the story is the aftermath of the duel and what it means for Tikhnal. The story gives a nice little portrait of Ihateai camps and the sort of things that might go on in them. It is fairly well-written, but there isn't much length to develop its characters or situation very fully. It is also something of a "gimmick" story, in that once Tikhnal's secret is revealed there is not much more to the story. The download comes in .pdf, .mobi, and .epub formats. It's 36 pages in .pdf, about 8,200 words....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Trinity Continuum: Dawn
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/10/2022 11:44:45
Trinity Continuum: Dawn # **Few risks, few fun - a Mephisto review** **Dawn** The ISRA sends Jay and her team to Far Nyumba to help a research settlement with its irrigation system. The disappearance of the Upeo wa Macho isolated the colony for a long time, and it had to fend for itself until new Leviathan jump-ships provided a way to reach it. As an added motivation for the team, the brother of one of Jay's team members lives on the moon, so a long-awaited reunion is imminent. However, shortly before the psions' arrival, an extraterrestrial artifact crashes near the landing zone - and soon aliens show up, claiming the artifact for themselves, ready to take possession of it - even by force. So Jay's team has their hands full, trying to solve the situation and protect the settlement. At just under 80 pages, **Dawn** is a novella in the ***Trinity Continuum: Æon*** universe. The initial situation is promising - the journey to the distant colony that has long been isolated, some sort of key lea...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Huntsmen Chronicle Anthology
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/09/2022 12:20:07
The Huntsmen Chronicle Anthology **Dark fairy tales - a Mephisto review** # **The Huntsmen Chronicle** The world of ***Changeling*** is a nightmarish world - that's the central motif of **The Huntsmen Chronicle**, the anthology for ***Changeling - The Lost***. In one story, a couple of kids get involved with an older bully and then with a dangerous fairy creature. Then families are threatened by strange beings - or the protagonists try to win back their families. Finally, desperation drives some to madness and others toward suicide. The setting is sometimes our modern world, sometimes a detective noir story, and sometimes the world of French nobility before the Revolution. But one threat lurks behind all these stories: the huntsmen. In 11 stories, the **The Huntsmen Chronicle** for ***Changeling - The Lost ***introduces various aspects of the game world. A central theme is the typical conflict when the changelings find their way back from the fairy world and discover how a so-called fetch has taken their place...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Blaster Bolts #1
by DALE
Publisher: Fainting Goat Games
Date Added: 03/01/2022 21:29:56
Blaster Bolts #1 I enjoyed this Fun Product. Makes me want to play White Star. I am a person of few words and they are making me type at least 50 characters - so here are my extra words.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Of Predators and Prey: The Hunters Hunted II Anthology
by Robert T.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/19/2022 15:58:22
Of Predators and Prey: The Hunters Hunted II Anthology This was a short little anthology about the unsung heroes of the WOD- the hunter. My favorite being "HOA/DOA", about a homeowner's association member who stumbles across a kindred and ghoul couple who just are not following the rules. Told in a journal/diary format, puts a twist on the nosy neighbor. The first story, "Safe House" is a sequel to the framing story from the original Hunters Hunted sourcebook of the early 1990's. There is a market for these type of anthologies, like the old ones White Wolf put out in the 90s with stories by James Moore and others. Maybe a tale could be written about the cover, about a former Starfleet "number one" turned priest/vampire hunter......

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Demon: Interface
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/15/2022 13:01:30
Demon: Interface **Fighting the God-machine - a Mephisto review** # **Demon: Interface** The setting of **Demon: The Descent** plays a unique role in the 2nd edition of the ***Chronicles of Darkness***, focusing on demons and the mysterious God-Machine. Interface offers an introduction to this game world through eight short stories that present the strange world of demons. The title of the system, Demons, probably conjures up a wrong image, as the setting is characterized less by religious mysticism than by a high-tech agent setting. The fallen angels of the God-Machine are futuristic robotic creatures waging a secret battle against the hidden powers controling the world in the background. Even though this secret struggle characterizes the stories, they cover different facets. In one story, it's a matter of a demon continuing to protect a person who should have died according to the God-Machine's will. Another story revolves around camouflaging the identity of a demon. The central theme, ho...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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