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Zombies! F***!
Publisher: Rarr! I'm A Monster Publishing
by Sl J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/04/2017 01:25:50

Yes, yes, yes, f---, you need this one !

Reading this collection is like watching a horror anthology -- one of the good ones. It is made up of 9 short stories:

Zombies! Fuck! / The Thing In The Cellar / The End Of Emptiness / Alice Aster / Stranger / Dust Bunnies / In The Woods / Bestseller / The Sky Is Falling

Charlie Fleming calls Z!F! a screenplay, but to me every one of the 9 pieces is a screenplay or the script for a horror comic. The dialog throughout is excellent: funny, evocative, hilarious, energetic, focused, pointedly-drawn, vivid, character-driven. Z!F! actually contains the largest amount of descriptive text. The other stories are entirely dialog, without descriptive text. Each piece works so well because your brain creates the graphic/visual element, which it does better than adjectives can, especially when fed so well by the characters and their conversations.

There is no hokey awkward dialog like you usually get in horror and sci-fi for exposition. There is no irritating internal dialog, which makes each story feel very direct and real or authentic. For anyone who has suffered through too many barely-watchable B-movies or hack pulp novels with stilted dialog, there is none of that here. The conversations move smoothly and dramatically and never stumble. There's always a reason for what's said, but it always feels natural.

Charlie Fleming has a way with words. Oh, and his spelling and grammar often sucks, but it is completely irrelevant. It's that good, for real. This is real entertainment, and even if some plot points are familiar, the verbal back-and-forth between the characters is stunningly good.

You can read and re-read this. In fact, you should read it out loud (maybe with a friend playing the other part) and I bet it will make your ears and brain very happy.



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Psychopod
Publisher: Rarr! I'm A Monster Publishing
by Sl J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/21/2017 12:46:09

Bill D. gave a perfect review. This one is superfluous. But if you want to read a second review...

I love Psychopod. At first I said wtf is this, then I realized this is what Steve Jackson used to do in the 1970s: design brilliant (mini) games. SJ would have put it in a baggie with some cardboard chits and a folded hex sheet and charged $6-8 back then (e.g., Ogre, Car Wars, Melee, Wizard). SJ is still selling those same old brilliant pieces of pop art, gussified and commercialized for the modern buyer for $20+. Here you have everything you would get from a SJ (mini) masterpiece, except you have to do some minor assembly. All the essentials are there. And, if the concept is the right one for you, you will be excited to add your own energy to make gameplay phenomenal.

How do you know whether Psychopod is the right concept for you, though? If you read this far and have $1, you've answered the question for yourself. But, to help a poor gamer out, if you like sci-fi and/or horror movies, Psychopod is probably right for you. Even if you don't play, I bet it will give you pleasure.



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