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Urban/Modern/Fantasy
Publisher: Katamoiran Studios
by Luke M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/17/2019 14:53:05

Want the fast flowing action of Dungeon World, but want to apply it instead to something like Dresden or Shadowrun? That's why I picked this up.

Hackers. Shotguns. Dragons. What else do you need?

The rule modifications over DW are great, also. Abstract wealth, single roll for attack and damage, car chases. Those are just the low-level tactical bits, the real place that shines is in the setting / genre management tools like "Threads" and the modifications to "GM Moves" and "Principles" are what set the tone on a larger scale.

The layout and art is amazing, also. Really easy to read, well indexed, clean layout for mobile or tablet readers. I'm loving it.



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LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition
Publisher: Korvidae Games
by Luke M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/17/2019 18:02:05

Not just a brilliant and hilarious send-up of some older more famous games, but a fresh take on tabletop gaming focusing on safe physical exercise.

Even as an old man, I can manage the low-impact body weight exercises used in contests. It can be done without equipment or without a very much space. Some things like the chase rules include an outdoor foot race, but it can be substituted for happy feet or alternate exercises if needed.

Really a fresh take on gaming, and good for your muscles too

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Let Thrones Beware (Open Beta)
Publisher: Korvidae Games
by Luke M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/04/2019 09:58:21

Let Thrones Beware is inspired. Specifically, the inspirations are clearly in 4e D&D, but those ideas are applied in a wholly new and creative way.

Combat, non-combat, mass-combat, and domain management all have their own subsystems and feel like meaningful activities. Even though they each have a unique purpose and feel, they are tied together with familiar and consistent mechanisms and the entire game feels like a well designed machine.

The production values keep getting better with every update to the Beta document, and I’m excited to watch this grow into an amazing product.



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Do Not Let Us Die In The Dark Night Of This Cold Winter
Publisher: cone of negative energy
by Luke M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/25/2018 08:50:24

This was a real treat.

Easy to use and adapt to a variey of settings, I moved it from a fantasy villiage to a crippled space station where the party had to salvage supplies to keep everyone alive.

We had about a 50% survival rate, and a ton of great drama and tension.

The resource management was a fun excercise -- gamey but still allowing lots of stories to emerge from it.

The table of events in the back are great little story seeds, and I was able to adapt them to a sci-fi setting on the fly.

Lots of little jucy bits in here. Great if you're doing some grisly games for the winter season :D

Luke



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Diaspora
Publisher: VSCA Publishing
by Luke M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/14/2018 13:19:02

Still one of my favorite implementations of the FATE system, after all this time.

Diaspora offers an amazing toolkit for world building, from star systems to equipment construction to party relationships. Hard science fiction in the spirit of Traveller and The Expanse.



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Reign: Enchiridion
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
by Luke M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/14/2018 13:13:26

Great rules. Amazing potential. Must enjoy reading purple prose.



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Age of Arthur
Publisher: Wordplay Games
by Luke M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/22/2013 00:41:03

This is a great little product, about 300 pages and well index. The art is sparse but whats there is quite nice.

I picked it up because I had heard about the mass combat rules, and I was quite pleased with what I found there. I'll frame this with a couple points of comparison: Diaspora gives you a strategic combat mini-game that is very close to a tactical wargame played out on a map. Reign (if you can read through the purple prose to find the mechanics) gives you an abstract system for running conflicts between companies or kingdoms of any size.

Age of Arthur lays out a system for massive battles. It probably falls somewhere in between the above to examples in terms of complexity and scope. There are turns, but no map. This is okay by me, I always have a hard time conjuring up Fate zone maps anyway -- and you could probably use one if you really wanted to. Your army size is of course significant, your general has a specific role, and your PCs and heroes even have something significant to do. I have not put it into play yet, but it reads very well and I can imagine several epic battles (and even minor scuffles between warbands) that we tried to represent at the table would have been better served with a system like this.

Another area of the book that I particularly liked was in the equipment section. Perhaps it is my particular play style, but I find that too many of the newer Fate games cleave too closely to the pulp roots of SotC in that they eschew any form of equipment, weapons, armor, etc. While that is a valid play style, I much prefer the feel created by games like this that give you some simple representations of equipment and force multiplies.

Weapons and armor are basic fare. I think the real interest is in the general use equipment and magic items. They are built with the same stunts as characters -- stunts that follow a clear and consistent rubric. Too many other Fate games throw exhaustive laundry lists of stunts at you, but all you really need is presented here: some guidelines for what a stunt can do and some guidelines to get started.

The PDF is a no-regrets impulse buy. At the price you pretty much cant go wrong, and it's free if you're buying one of the printed products with it. Also, at the time of this writing, it is available without watermarks which always makes me less hesitant to take the plunge on buying a digital product.



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