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Venture City • A Superpunk Sourcebook for Fate Core
by Andrew S.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 04/25/2020 07:42:34
Venture City • A Superpunk Sourcebook for Fate Core This game does have some pros: The setting is fun and an interesting take on superheroics, I quite liked this aspect of the book. The rules are simple and easy add-ons to the basic fate rules. if you know fate rules most things are a direct extension of that so it cuts down on learning time. Or it would except... Cons: The rules only work for about 90% of what I want them to do. There are a lot of pretty basic interactions that there are just not addressed. For one example each power gains special effects when they succeed with style. Now that is fun and evocative, but how does it work with powers that don’t have rolls? You can also spend a FP to activate them so maybe they only have that activation method, but that leaves them significantly weaker than those that you can roll well on. In addition the terminology is muddled the word “Power” can refer to a number of concepts that are mechanical distinct. You build your power out of powers. Either the first concep...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Tiny Supers
by Michael B.
Publisher: Gallant Knight Games
Date Added: 04/20/2020 19:05:59
Tiny Supers I love this simple and adaptable supers system. I love the TinyD6 line, but this is my favorite of them.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tiny Supers
by David A.
Publisher: Gallant Knight Games
Date Added: 04/20/2020 15:22:55
Tiny Supers I can't believe how much I love this little game. I'm going to go out and get the rest of the Tiny d6 library. Just a fun little mechanic but the real gem in this book is the Gallant-verse, the setting. It's remarkable. I own a lot of superhero RPG products with a ton of settings, and this might be my favorite 4 color setting. It's just rich enough to be wonderful, and has enough open space to let a GM breath. Really well done!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Giovanni
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/16/2020 05:14:27
Vampire the Masquerade: Giovanni **Moonstone Clan Comics Review:** I decided to purchase all of the old Moonstone VTM comics in anticipation for the upcoming ones from Vault Comics, and wow, these things sure are a product of their era. Oftentimes they’re edgy for the sake of being edgy, lacking even the semblance of substance. The characters are often poorly fleshed out and completely unbelievable. Everything that happens in the narrative is there only to throw you off the trail of the inevitable, horribly convoluted and nonsensical twist. There are constant red herrings throughout and then when the twist happens, you’re left in shock at the utter stupidity. But for that reason, they can be genuinely entertaining, like a B-movie. **Giovanni Review:** The plot here focuses on the two characters being conscripted to bid on a painting for Pietro Giovanni and the hijinks that ensue thereof. This comic is only 52 pages long and I stopped reading to take a break multiple times because I was so bored. The two main c...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Theo Bell
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/16/2020 05:13:07
Vampire the Masquerade: Theo Bell I’ve already covered the clan issues, so now I’m on to the issues following the exploits of signature VTM characters. This one tells the story of a city in chaos and the resulting fighting and scheming for power. It’s an oft-used tabletop scenario put to the page. It follows Theo Bell (of whom we get the internal monologue, which is often bitter and displays the disdain he has for his position in the Camarilla) as he tries to bring order to a city with an problem involving thin bloods and Masquerade breaches. In the clan issues, whenever kindred fed, they always either killed or embraced their victim. It’s like the authors were not aware that there was another option. However, here we finally get to see a Kindred practicing restraint and trying to adhere to the tenets of humanity. And for individuals with whom he has to get into combat situations, he shows pity and, occasionally, mercy. This is so much better than any of the clan issues from Moonstone and I definitely recommend i...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Ventrue
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/15/2020 04:25:55
Vampire the Masquerade: Ventrue **Moonstone Clan Comics Review:** I decided to purchase all of the old Moonstone VTM clan comics in anticipation for the upcoming run from Vault Comics, and wow, these things sure are a product of their era. Oftentimes they’re edgy for the sake of being edgy, lacking even the semblance of substance. The characters are often poorly fleshed out and completely unbelievable. Everything that happens in the narrative is there only to throw you off the trail of the inevitable, horribly convoluted and nonsensical twist. There are constant red herrings throughout and then when the twist happens, you’re left in shock at the utter stupidity. But for that reason, they can be genuinely entertaining, like a B-movie. **Ventrue Review:** In regard to all of the negative things said above, this Ventrue issue is easily the worst offender. None of the characters or events make any sense. There are multiple twists, each dumber than the last. I wish I could complain about every reason the twists are s...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Toreador
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/15/2020 04:10:10
Vampire the Masquerade: Toreador **Moonstone Clan Comics Review:** I decided to purchase all of the old Moonstone VTM clan comics in anticipation for the upcoming run from Vault Comics, and wow, these things sure are a product of their era. Oftentimes they’re edgy for the sake of being edgy, lacking even the semblance of substance. The characters are often poorly fleshed out and completely unbelievable. Everything that happens in the narrative is there only to throw you off the trail of the inevitable, horribly convoluted and nonsensical twist. There are constant red herrings throughout and then when the twist happens, you’re left in shock at the utter stupidity. But for that reason, they can be genuinely entertaining, like a B-movie. **Toreador Review:** Very little happens in this clan issue. Several pages are dedicated to a movie that’s being shown and half of the entire thing is a recounting of the history of vampires. The history doesn’t really match any of the canon I’m aware of and one character even comme...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Nosferatu
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/15/2020 04:09:48
Vampire the Masquerade: Nosferatu **Moonstone Clan Comics Review:** I decided to purchase all of the old Moonstone VTM clan comics in anticipation for the upcoming run from Vault Comics, and wow, these things sure are a product of their era. Oftentimes they’re edgy for the sake of being edgy, lacking even the semblance of substance. The characters are often poorly fleshed out and completely unbelievable. Everything that happens in the narrative is there only to throw you off the trail of the inevitable, horribly convoluted and nonsensical twist. There are constant red herrings throughout and then when the twist happens, you’re left in shock at the utter stupidity. But for that reason, they can be genuinely entertaining, like a B-movie. **Nosferatu Review:** All that said, this Nosferatu issue is easily the best of the clan issues. It tells the tale of a girl abducted by a Nosferatu. While not all of their interactions are believable and the state of mind of the characters can be erratic and hard to pinpoint, the n...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Rai Volume 1: Welcome to New Japan
by Rafo L.
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Date Added: 04/10/2020 23:00:29
Rai Volume 1: Welcome to New Japan This is excellent sci-fi/cyberpunk comics with a tall glass of feudal japan in the sky mixed father issues from afar. I highly recommend reading this if you are fan of any of those buzzwords I just dropped or if you were a fan of the previous versions of Rai. He's here and has more to deal with than his previous incarnations. Thanks for the excellent work to everyone that did their thing in this book. From the art to the writing it's excellent.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Rai Volume 2: Battle for New Japan
by Rafo L.
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Date Added: 04/10/2020 22:59:51
Rai Volume 2: Battle for New Japan This book has more new Rai and more exposure to the world he inhabits. Excellent read from cover to cover.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01
by Eddy W.
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Date Added: 03/22/2020 18:40:55
Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01 This is my first time reading Strontium Dog, and it was a lot of fun! It has the satirical edge of classic Judge Dredd, but due to the focus on mutant bounty hunters, it can tell different stories of prejudice and crime drama. Plus some great art from classic 2000 AD artists. Definitely worth a read!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Slaine: Warrior's Dawn
by Eddy W.
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Date Added: 03/22/2020 18:37:58
Slaine: Warrior's Dawn A decent sword and sorcery comic set in ancient Ireland. The art is pretty inconsistent, but the story is fun.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Tiny Supers
by William B.
Publisher: Gallant Knight Games
Date Added: 03/16/2020 14:55:13
Tiny Supers In a 265-page game book, I expected to see more of a game and less of a setting. Make no mistakes, this is not a game book, it's a setting book for generic supers with some rules in case you don't have your own system. And it's a very minimalistic setting book focused more on inclusion (which is *specifically* called out in their basic ideas) than on actually setting up a world. I would rather have seen 200 pages spent on the game and decent examples of character creation and play instead of a minimalistic, generic super-hero setting that I'm never going to use. As it is, the rules encompass pages 4-43 . . . and the rest is their setting *for their rule set* which they don't really bother following most of the time. Not a single one of the characters depicted in the book followed their character creation rules so there weren't any good examples when the rules were unspecific--which is the norm not the exception. At its core, there's something here that might be useful to expe...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
A.B.C. Warriors 1: The Mek-nificent Seven
by Eddy W.
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Date Added: 02/25/2020 19:52:44
A.B.C. Warriors 1: The Mek-nificent Seven An interesting collection of short stories about a group of robot soldiers. It definitely wears its inspirations like "The Magnificent Seven" on its sleeve. Also has a good dose of Pat Mills' humor. I almost wish I read this before the first Nemesis the Warlock collection, because there's a lot of backstory here that plays out there.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Complete Nemesis the Warlock 1
by Eddy W.
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Date Added: 02/22/2020 11:50:37
The Complete Nemesis the Warlock 1 When I was looking into this, I was told that Nemesis is a lot like a proto-Warhammer 40k setting. And that's technically true, but it does not indicate the sheer level of glorious chaos this comic provides. Planet-wide mass transit systems co-exist with space Inquisitors! A villain turned into a ghost after a transporter accident that uses telephone wires! An entire empire of space aliens that pretend to be Victorians! A hero that looks like a demon, and whose head is the same shape as his spaceship! It's a gloriously bonkers action comic....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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