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Ascendant
by D. M.
Publisher: Autarch
Date Added: 09/29/2022 09:04:10
pixel_trans.gif Ascendant Update: My group is on our second campaign of Ascendant at this point, and it continues to shine. Using the SP system has become second nature for just about every member of our group and it works exceedingly well. == Just gave this a spin with my group for our final session of 2021, and we REALLY liked it. It looked complicated at first, but actually it's not a hard game to learn. The core mechanic is simple enough: AV + Hero Points vs DV + Hero Points = RV. Check that RV on the CHART, and roll a d100 to see what color result you get. Once we had that down it was very fast to use in play--by the end of the night a round of combat was going as fast as D&D, and we've spent years using d20 systems. We thought the SPs lining up with real-world numbers was cool. I like to run more simulationist-style campaigns in general, and my players like the idea of being able to see what the heroes they made would actually be capable of rather than just me riffing the results. The se...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Ascendant
by Jan L.
Publisher: Autarch
Date Added: 09/23/2022 09:34:29
pixel_trans.gif Ascendant Ok, let me start with the one thing that might color this just a little bit. I *like* mechnically crunchy systems. I cut my teeth on D&D 3.5 in table top. I like lighter systems as well for certain things, don't misunderstand me, but I like crunchy systems too. During character creation, character upgrading as you earn points and advance in the game, and if your on the GM side of the screen, the system is crunchy. For me, that's a boon, but I understand not everyone is going to feel that way. However, if you don't feel that way? You will still like the system because, once you get past character Gen, it only stays crunchy during character upgrading and if you take on GMing. If your in the player seat? It gets a whole lot less mechanically intense most of the time. I'm currently playing a game and having a blast with it in an ongoing campaing. This is a sequel too a game this same game group played in Mutants and Masterminds 3rd edition. We rebuilt the 4 re...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Ascendant
by Jordan M.
Publisher: Autarch
Date Added: 09/21/2022 10:43:00
pixel_trans.gif Ascendant The image that comes to mind when most people hear "Simulates the physics of a comic-book world" is one of a book that is impossibly complex, full of math that no one would want to use at their table, and reduces the amazing and fantastical worlds to something dull. Almost like a physics textbook. The brilliant mind behind ASCENDANT has managed to make sure that's not the case. Not only is the action as high paced and spectacular as any comic book, the actual play is as smooth of a system as I've ever seen. ASCENDANT addresses the common criticism of effects-based games by grounding every effect in the physical reality of the world, such that a fire blast and a cryoblast are equally easy to run but do distinct things both in the direct resolution of the blast and in what kind of other abilities you can Power Stunt off of them. It's a game where meticulous care was taken when choosing the baseline numbers so that the actual play consideration of things like, &qu...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Ascendant
by Mark C.
Publisher: Autarch
Date Added: 09/21/2022 02:50:25
pixel_trans.gif Ascendant Firstly and most importantly, let's deal with the actual gameplay. Ascendant plays great - it's fast, smooth, and can handle plenty of characters without getting bogged down in the details. It uses a d100 system (with a very few cases where other dice are used), and charts and tables rather than directly rolling for damage. Character design is extremely flexible, and not too difficult to master - although you will want to make use of spreadsheet software rather than doing it by hand. When it comes to the design of the PDF... it's beautiful. The artwork (and there's a lot of it) is first rate, and the layout is very clean, with everything nicely colour-coded and easy to read. Not quite sure how so much information was squeezed into so few pages (I mean, yes it's 500 pages, but it feels like it should be a lot more), but at any rate, it's impressive. All in all, 10/10 for both mechanics and presentation....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Ascendant
by Matthew M.
Publisher: Autarch
Date Added: 09/21/2022 00:55:46
pixel_trans.gif Ascendant I grew up in the 80s playing Marvel Super Heroes and Mayfair's DC Heroes, and later got into Champions in college. Ascendant manages to take the best of each of those systems and goes far beyond, offering a totally comprehensive supers system that actually makes mathematical sense. The only way I could think to improve it would be with supplemental materials such as a chargen program - point buy paralysis is an issue with more casual players. The system itself though? Extremely well thought-out, logical, and *easy* once you "get" the basic mechanic. I really cannot imagine trying to use another system for superheroic gaming after digesting Ascendant. It's just that good....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Love Witch
by Timothy B.
Publisher: NUELOW Games
Date Added: 09/20/2022 13:14:58
pixel_trans.gif Love Witch Originally posted here: [https://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2022/09/100-days-of-ha-
lloween-love-witch.html](https://theotherside.timsbrannan.co-
m/2022/09/100-days-of-halloween-love-witch.html) Something a little different tonight. NUELOW Games has given us a lot of off-beat supplements for d20; many using old comics that have fallen into the public domain. It is a good idea really, some of these older comics are actually good and some are kinda creepy and many lend themselves well to all sorts of games. That is what we have tonight. Though I will admit I am not 100% sure if the comic used IS public domain OR if it is one they licensed for this use. The copyright notice seems to indicate that Marv "Teen Titans" Wolfman still owns and it is used with his permission. **Love Witch** PDF. 56 pages. Color Cover. Black & White interior art. Not to be confused with the similar-sounding movie out the same year. This product is split into four major parts. Parts 1 to 3 a...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Coddlesworth's Clockwork Circus, Issue One
by Samantha B.
Publisher: Rem Alternis Productions, Inc.
Date Added: 08/06/2022 09:06:53
pixel_trans.gif Coddlesworth's Clockwork Circus, Issue One This comic isabsolutely amazing! The illustrations are so well done, be sure to look closely as there is so much going on in the background. The story telling is awesome, I can't wait for issue 2 to be released.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Atom Jacket Issue 1
by Matthew R B.
Publisher: The Atom Jacket Anthology
Date Added: 07/30/2022 18:47:22
pixel_trans.gif Atom Jacket Issue 1 This is a seemingly entirely random collection of short comics, mostly on the dark side. I know nothing about the artists or the publication of this, but I'd call this the work of very talented amateurs. I enjoyed all the stories and strips. Since it's free, I'd say it's definitely worth getting and reading. It's fun.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Pepper&Carrot - Book 1: The Potion of Flight
by Pedro G.
Publisher: David Revoy
Date Added: 07/28/2022 08:44:14
pixel_trans.gif Pepper&Carrot - Book 1: The Potion of Flight Lovely and beautiful comics by David Revoy , IMHO recommended for everybody.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Deckbox (large)
by David B.
Publisher: Roll20
Date Added: 07/24/2022 07:53:14
pixel_trans.gif Deckbox (large) I love these boxes. They fit the cards perfectly, and it is such a great way to keep your cars stored without rubber bands. And they are protected in the box, too.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Masks: A New Generation (Phone Edition)
by Aidan B.
Publisher: Magpie Games
Date Added: 07/24/2022 00:23:25
pixel_trans.gif Masks: A New Generation (Phone Edition) I think we all know how good Masks is, so just focussing on the phone version: it is really well put together and the navigation for half the book is amazing. However the character sheets are much longer in this format and the internal navigation was awkward. Trying to compare the different classes was notably painful. However, once you have picked your class it's pretty straightforward, and there shouldn't be a problem mid-game. I was very impressed.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Mouse Guard RPG 2nd Edition
by Tyler L.
Publisher: Archaia Entertainment LLC
Date Added: 07/13/2022 13:19:06
pixel_trans.gif Mouse Guard RPG 2nd Edition I find I need to spearate my opinion of the game itself and this PDF version. I love the game. The game itself is fantastic. But this PDF is sub par. The scanned elements are extremely low resolution. Any text in a scanned element is unreaable. There are no bookmarks in the table of contents or index. Many features are locked out in the PDF. I bought this to supliment my hard copy, and it's fine for that, just hard to use.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Legendlore Core Rulebook
by Dan D.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 07/05/2022 17:21:57
pixel_trans.gif Legendlore Core Rulebook This Legendlore Core Rulebook exceeded my expectations. I bought it because, as a teenager 35 years ago, I had really loved the obscure black & white, 1987 comic book on which this game is based, called "The Realm." It was about a handful of modern American college freshmen who are magically transported to a D&D-like fantasy world. Its influences were obvious, even then: the 1980s D&D cartoon primarily, along with some Tolkien, Star Wars, and zombie films. I was thrilled and shocked that this game gave this obscure IP new life in 2022 for a modern audience! Thank you! After I read this rulebook (I bought the hardcover), I re-read the original comics before writing this review. I would say that the following sentence, quoted from the Introduction on page 11, perfectly summarizes this work. "The Legendlore role-playing game presents a diverse and includive world based on the Legendlore comics." It's a perfect summary because: (1) I was genuinely am...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Crystal Heart
by Brock P.
Publisher: Up to Four Players
Date Added: 06/27/2022 18:18:11
pixel_trans.gif Crystal Heart Such a creative and thoughtful setting. The team at Up to Four Players have a great approach to RPGs and it shines through with Crystal Heart. It's also beautiful!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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EXE
by Garth G.
Publisher: Blackheart Sequential
Date Added: 06/25/2022 09:20:11
pixel_trans.gif EXE Hands down, EXE has got to be one of the top ten coolest indie graphic novels that I have read in the last five years. The sexy artwork has a unique half-manga/half-western style to it all of its own … and its use of tricked-out ‘3D' and anime-level ‘VFX,’ literally dripping off of each page’s panels, is definitely its secret sauce. EXE reads lightning fast like a movie ... very cinematic … the story is brisk, slick, whip-smart, dark fun … wickedly scary, and, at times, even painfully funny … full of thrilling twists and chilling turns (with even a little romance) ... and certainly on par with the plot of the latest BOND or MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. Plus, some of the goriest, ass-kicking action … super-satisfying creative tortures/kills towards this universe’s most-deserving … from a hi-tech hit-man who specializes in hunting down child molesters. EXE defies expectations right off the bat … and then goes even more batshit after that. You’ll scream, you’ll laugh, you’ll cheer. E...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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