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Savage Worlds All for One: Regime Diabolique 2nd Edition
by Simon H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/08/2021 20:11:10

Wonderful information marred by incredibly messy and inconsistant presentation.

First things first, if you want an excellent musketeer era sourcebook this needs to be on your short list. Anything to do with the the first half of the 1600s and vaguely relating to France can be found here, between historical facts and the changes for the sake of drama you have a wonderful setting at your fingertips. From money to culture to law Regime Diabolique gives you an excellent sandbox to play around in and, much like the first edition, I have no qualms about giving it a hearty recommendation in that respect.

However... jeez, where to start? Okay, actually trying to effectively use what the book is trying to put across feels like an exercise in frustration. This is really three sourcebooks clumsily stitched together into one. I have no problem with the basic idea of that, I'd argue you are still getting excellent bang for your buck in what you get. However this is a clumsy job with some major problems. I love the wonderfully evocative art of the France part, I think the horrifiying reproductions of the traditional woodcuttings in the 'Satan's Playground' part is a very evocative and effective way to present the terrible things going on in the Germanies. I think people are going to be put off by going from the high quality pulp and high adventure pictures of one part to the depictions of impaled babies in the other.

Similarly there are rules either missing, that don't make sense, or that are later simply contradicted by the three sourcebooks together format. For example, you are supposed to be restricted to being a musketeer for the first 150 or so pages. Why? Even in setting this is ludicrous, you are presented with a dozen or so viable secret societies and factions which would provide a ton of plot hooks. You could start out as members of the cardinal's guard only to later find out horrifying truths, black blades serving the king in a quieter capacity, or simply young bravos still looking to earn their way into the musketeers (oh, hey there D'artagnan)! If there was a plot point campaign or something similar then this would make some sense but there's nothing of the sort. The second rulebook gives you the two sentences necessary to change that and the third throws it out altogether! Or what are the spells restricted to each school? Because you tell us that's the case but never provide any listings or rules about that, only the single spell every school must have and the trappings.

I've got a half dozen similar minor complaints like that, from a few spelling errors (they happen in something this long, even I suggest people accept it) to other clumsy changes between sections to a depressing lack of Barbary maps. There are some major flaws in presentation and consistancy here, especially for something that's supposed to be a second edition! When this product first came out there were some embarassingly obvious spelling and editing errors on the presentation page that didn't get fixed for over a year and I'm afraid that sort of attitude seems to have been prevalent in the product as well. But I want to emphasize there's a reason I'm giving this 4 stars, there's also a lot of good here. Heed my words and be aware you're going to have to do a lot of digging in places and put your own bodges in other sections to make up for the product's flaws... but if you're running a musketeers campaign this book could still be well worth it.



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Sundered Skies - Setting Book
by David D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/01/2020 16:24:22

Magitech High Fantasy

The setting is well outlined but rarely gets beyond 'broad strokes'. Many original and evocative ideas are to be found, few are developed very far.

Races include fully sapient baby-dragons (Drakin), plant-based Elves, steampunk Dwarfs, sky-viking Orcs, mutant Goblins (Glowborn), and anthrophomorphic animals enslaved by the Elves (Wildlings)

The setting itself is a shattered world of sky sialnds floating between an icy glacier and a raging inferno. Sky ships navigate this oddly glowing world in search of salvage, and commerce. Sadly many of the physical laws of the world are based on game balance rather than cinematic appeal or intuition (sky ships cannot approach sky islands from the top or bottom, only from the edges for example)

The religion is fairly detailed and involved avatars still walking amongst mortals in the world. But it reads like a bad soap opera or over the top anime. The gods come across more as reckless and childish superhumans than divine personifications.

Half of the book is dedicated to a plot point campaign. This is the story the setting was designed to tell. Sadly it is both a hard railroad and poorly written. Few options are presented besides 'run screaming into combat' and there's not enough detail to support any other play style. The plot itself makes little sense, follows no logical train, build no momentum. It's just a long series of combat encounters with the vaguest excuse as to why a fight is needed. Indeed sometimes I have no idea why the author believes a scenario would ever lead to combat. He just types 'when the fight begins...' leaving me asking 'what fight? why?'

There is not much art in the book. What is there is full color but of variable quality. the PDF is bookmarked.

The setting itself likely deserves a 3/5. Good ideas, just not enough detail. Even the hokey 'religion' can't drag it down too far. The plot point campaign is 1/5. At times it makes no sense and cannot be followed even after several re-readings.



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Savage Worlds All for One: Regime Diabolique 2nd Edition
by Murray T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/16/2020 07:32:40

The original Regime Diabolique for Savage Worlds had a flavorful and interesting magic system that set it apart from many SW offerings. The 2nd edition chops all that and goes with a generic SWADE system which is not even properly developed for the setting.

I am not interested in the setting or fighting schools, so I cannot comment on the rest of the SWADE and 2nd edition updates, but if they are anything like the magic system, they are probably a dissappointment as well, but YMV.



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Savage Worlds Handbook: Perilous Places & Serious Situations
by Mason E. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/04/2019 12:20:31

This product is excellent! It gives me an opportunity to think of other hazards that I might not have considered when setting up the adventure. Like the cover shows, why just set a battle with an enemy just in a rainstorm? Thunderstorm battles on rooftops are much more interesting. And that's what this product is for: to make your games more interesting. And, on the whole, it has ported over well to my SWADE games.



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TAG@TEN Savage Worlds Bundle
by Morgan S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/28/2019 04:11:31

Hellfrost is simply put the BEST fantasy setting out their.



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Leagues of Cthulhu: Guide to Cumbria
by Louis C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/03/2019 16:57:32

Thisbook despite its small size is full of brilliant ideas, locations, etc. Really recommended.



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Sundered Skies - Setting Book
by Richard W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/02/2018 08:31:38

Underrated and frequently overlooked, in my opinion Sundered Skies is still one of the best Plot Point campaigns for Savage Worlds, with a lot of twists and surprises.



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Hellfrost Map Sheets
by David B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/09/2018 22:12:46

Hoooooooly mackerel this map is huge. Like Skyrim-level, enormously, massively, mind-bogglingly huge.

Unlike most Savage Worlds settings, where the authors flesh out a "lite" framework which constitutes about 40 pages or so, and a plot point campaign & some savage tales, Triple Ace Games instead dived deep to create a super-rich setting that I dare say rivals the greats like Tolkien or GRRM. And where else but in Savage Worlds can you support 8 distinct magicial styles? (And that's if you don't seperately count each cleric for the two dozen gods in the pantheon. Well, maybe you can support 8 magic styles elegantly with FATE but I like SW's crunch-lite rules more.)

Where was I? Oh yes: this map. This beautifully illustrated, high-resolution, 45-page-plus-a-legend map. Clearly this was a labour of love, and does it ever show. Print it (or get it shipped to you), mount it on your wall, and prepare to marvel at the esquisite details of every trade route, mountain pass, forgotten ruin or flyspeck villiage. Every feature on the map is simply begging to attach the weight of history - either of your own devising, or that in the Atlas of the Frozen North & the Gazetteer.

This clearly is a monument, and it's oh-so very pretty.

Strap on a pair of boots, say a prayer to Freo the Voyager, and get yourself lost. May you find glory in the Fimbulvinter.



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Savage Worlds Handbook: Perilous Places & Serious Situations
by Justin S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/26/2017 09:41:36

This remains my go-to book when I want to run an exciting scene in Savage Worlds. Whether you have an idea in mind for something exciting or are looking for ideas, this book has it all.



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Hellfrost: Rassilon Expansion
by Tom P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/23/2017 18:04:31

Useful material for Hellfrost. Well worth the PDF price.



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Hellfrost Action Deck
by Jerry W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/22/2017 11:40:47

Good artwork on the cards, the face cards are the best. All the cards (except deuces) have a rune block, which is similar to anadventure deck. There are no rules for it, but you can make up house rules, or ignore it entirely.

Like many card decks when new, this one is stiff. You will need to shuffle and flex them a bit to loosen the deck a bit.



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Hellfrost: Matters of Faith Standard Edition
by Ryan P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/27/2017 14:51:46

After the core books, this book is pretty important if you want to run a campaign in Rassilon. If you don't want to do a lot of work filling in the gaps about the religious festivals (and there are a lot of them), how clerics are trained, what gods the bad guys worship, the names and rituals of a whack of lesser gods or what the Abyss is like, this book is for you. Wiggy has done a great job here and I'd highly recommend this book considering how important religion and the gods are in Rassilon.



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Hellfrost: Player's Guide
by Benjamin S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/04/2017 13:00:39

I like the setting, it is a blast to play. The pdf is great quality with great bookmarks for everything.



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Hellfrost City Book 4: Cities of Royalty
by Francesco B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/26/2017 13:01:59

Helps to flesh out these two cities. Not 100% necessary to run sessions in these cities, but it allows a GM to give them a more individual character and does contain some information that can be used to generate adventures. More focused on information than adventure seeds.



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Leagues of Gothic Horror: Guide to Apparitions
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/28/2016 11:20:41

Softcover book. Full-color cover, black & white interior art. 64 pages. Set up in a similar fashion to all of TAG's "Guide to" books, this covers ghosts and the damned. Again, this is fairly setting specific but a lot of the material here is drawn from myths and legends from around the world, so first of there should be something in this book that everyone recognizes. Secondly there is plenty in this book that everyone can use. The first third of the book covers why ghosts happen and their nature. This is followed by the means of disposing of these pests and some of the powers that they have. The last third (more like half) covers new monsters and some very specific ghosts. Frankly it is worth the cover price for the ghost of Lady Macbeth alone. I once said in a game at Gen Con that are more ghosts in London than living people. This book helps prove my point rather nicely. Another really solid buy.



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