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Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game
by The H.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 07/27/2014 21:57:04
Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game I'm not a reader of the Valiant comics, but I have to appreciate just how comprehensive the Valiant content is in this game. There's an exhaustive supply of character profiles, writeups for them and major organizations, as well as a slew of ready-made adventures (Event Briefs) to play. Valiant fans will get a ton of mileage out of this one. Unfortunately, the best part about Valiant Universe is also its greatest flaw. There's a lot of setting information. Too much, in fact. At least, it seems that way...but the ruleset the game runs on (based on Cosmic Patrol) is so sparse in certain places that it feels like a flimsy framework to base games on. I can deal with rules-lite, narrative games that rely on a little handwaving to move things along, and I always expect them to run better with the right kind of group. However, this game doesn't focus on a single GM to keep things in order - it expects you to rotate between each member of the group to narrate the scene, relying on sparse Cue...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game
by Steven L.
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 07/27/2014 13:57:48
Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game This is a rules-lite RPG based on the Valiant Universe series of comicbooks. As such it really has two main ingredients – the game rules themselves and the setting information. The setting/sourcebook aspect of this book is where it really shines. Pages and pages are dedicated to characters, histories, organisations and other details that provide a rich environment for superhero roleplaying. I was largely unaware of the Valiant Universe before buying this book but will probably investigate further on the strength of what I have found here. The problems start with the rules themselves, which take up only a small portion of the total page count. I have read and/or played a number of rules-lite superhero RPGs over the years, including Capes, Cowls & Villains Foul, BASH, Prowlers & Paragons and several others. Each has it's own strengths and weaknesses but all of them, in my opinion, do a better job of providing a complete and satisfying rules set than this game does. It is not so m...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Adventure! Rulebook
by Eric P.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 07/24/2014 16:11:12
Adventure! Rulebook As a PDF, it's a bit primitive, and the scan is a bit better than fax quality. As a game, this has long been one of my favorites -- I bought it in hard copy when it first appeared, and recently purchased the PDF for an extra copy while running the game. Some of the other reviewers seem not to know that this game is 13 years old and thus does not benefit from the continued evolution of the Storytelling game system (the version used here and in the other Aeon games is a bit simplified from oWoD), but it's easy enough to come up with a few house-rules compromises if it's important to you to use a different version of the rules. Or you could wait for the revised version Onyx Path is supposed to do soon, I guess. The big innovation for the rules here is Dramatic Editing, the players' use of the power stat (Inspiration) to gain a little control over the story and narrate the kinds of improbable conveniences that benefit heroes of the pulp genre -- I've seen other, later games use a simil...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
Date Added: 07/24/2014 07:47:33
Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game Originally posted at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2014/07/24/tabletop-review-valiant-
-universe-the-roleplaying-game/ Well, it’s finally here. After four Quick Start Rules sets and a Free RPG Day 2014 release, the final version of Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game is finally available to all…in PDF form anyway. You’ll have to wait a few more months for the physical copy. I have to tell you I am more than a LITTLE tempted by that Red Leather X-O Manowar version. If this is the first time you are hearing about the Valiant Universe RPG, then welcome! Yes, much like how Green Ronin has the DC Universe license and Evil Hat has the Atomic Robo license, Catalyst Game Labs has added Valiant’s cast of characters to its RPG collection. No you won’t be seeing a crossover with Battletech or Shadowrun any time soon, but you finally have the chance to play as all your favorite Valiant Universe characters like Shadowman, Ninjak, Sting (Not Steve Borden), Livewire and more. Even better, the sys...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Adventure! Rulebook
by Michael D.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 07/17/2014 21:38:44
Adventure! Rulebook The layout is godawful. There are about a dozen pages of fiction about characters that the players won't care about before the utterly useless Table of Contents for Book 1. All of the rules are in Book 2, which you won't even see reference to until you reach it 100+ pages in. All of this is aggravation is pretty much unavoidable on the first read because there are no bookmarks. And what's the payoff? Slightly homebrewed new World of Darkness, complete with all of the problems that would later be half fixed by God Machine. Not worth the awful layout. Not by a longshot....

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #1
by Customer Name Withheld
Publisher: JoieArt
Date Added: 07/16/2014 16:06:29
Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #1 Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #1 is an amazingly adorable, and funny start to what will undoubtedly be an awesome series. This lighthearted, magical girl superhero spoof is a quirky, cute, and rainbow-rific adventure, filled with laughs, sparkle-filled whimsy, and smart artwork and writing. If you didn't already love corgis, you sure as heck will after reading this comic. I can't wait for the second issue!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Judy of the Jungle: Murder Goes Native
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: NUELOW Games
Date Added: 07/13/2014 10:55:17
Judy of the Jungle: Murder Goes Native If you enjoy classic pulp tales set in the jungle where a white face is a rarity and most of the wildlife is hostile (except a few remarkably tame beasts) you are in for a treat, with several full stories reproduced, the comic strips in crisp greyscale, the text ones in less-well-scanned images (not OCRd). Tales of confusion between modern medicine and traditional ways, and even of a film-maker determined on setting wild animals against each other and never mind any human beings around... stuff that all would make excellent 1920s jungle adventures (does anyone run Justice Inc any more?) or provide additional colour to a plotline that takes the party into the jungle for another reason. There's also some notes based around a new ruleset that's in preparation, called 'd6xd6 Core'. This is being written by Lester Smith and is due out around December 2014 (this review being written in July 2014), and looks a slick rules-light fun-heavy system. Various characters from the Judy of the J...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Retrowood: The Daisy Chain
by Keith M.
Publisher: Asylum Press
Date Added: 07/08/2014 03:35:11
Retrowood: The Daisy Chain A good noirish-styled, done in one, detective story. The art is good, the story moves along well.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tantum Gray Issue 1
by Tyson T.
Publisher: Tantum Gray
Date Added: 07/05/2014 11:35:51
Tantum Gray Issue 1 The artwork is excellent and the story is fun and interesting. I'm excited to see where this series takes us. It's definitely worth the read.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Atomic Robo RPG
by Stacey M.
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions, LLC
Date Added: 07/04/2014 23:34:38
Atomic Robo RPG A good version of the Fate System. I especially appreciate the way the rules are illustrated with panels from the comic - pretty, but also really helpful. This would be a fun game for any kind of "action science" adventure - perfect for anything along the lines of Star Trek, Fringe, or Dr Who.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas
by Shaun C. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: McFarland
Date Added: 07/02/2014 20:49:07
Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas This is a really interesting book, and a must for anyone interested in the history of anime in America. If you love Astro Boy, you'll love this book. If you haven't heard of Astro Boy, then what in the heck are you doing? Get this book now and learn something!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
2000 AD: Prog 1600
by Shaun C. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Date Added: 07/02/2014 20:43:55
2000 AD: Prog 1600 Fantastic as always. I can't get enough of Dredd, and if you aren't reading this, you should be. Love the art and writing, love everything about this book. Don't miss it!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Rourke the Hexbuster
by Giuseppe P.
Publisher: DieGo Comics Publishing Ltd
Date Added: 07/02/2014 03:33:36
Rourke the Hexbuster Really enjoyed reading this. It was very entertaining, with lovely artwork, and the character was likeable and funny. The overall narrative was great and I really like the whole story. I liked that the story was narrated as a diary by Kylie, the teenager daughter of Rourke, and cannot wait to read their future adventures to find out how the relationship between father and daughter develop.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Infinite Horizons Issue #2
by Mark G.
Publisher: Avalon Game Company
Date Added: 06/29/2014 07:28:17
Infinite Horizons Issue #2 I'm giving Infinite Horizons #2 ezine 4 stars. If I had bought it, I'd go 3 but you get a lot here for free. First off, the cover art is really cool and I'm loving the alien. Must scour it to see if there's any description given for it (or stats). I think the prestige classes are good, especially the Guardian who I'd select as sort of an elite guard or guard leader, seems a bit more of a non-player character but can be worked around. I liked the one-handed shot feat, the new gear (lots of weapons!). The paper model by Fantasy Cutouts was really neat and is based on a most interesting ship design. Might have to have a go. There's also an excerpt from JD Wallington's Temple Alliance Origins, Book I called A New Beginning. Very atmospheric first-person tale. Scott Virtes' Alien Flop short story I liked even more, mainly because I enjoy dialogue. There's others I haven't even read yet. Loved The Horror of Colony 6 and the art samples of Gordon Napier!...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Madame Mirage #1
by Pent G.
Publisher: Top Cow
Date Added: 06/24/2014 10:10:47
Madame Mirage #1 Good art, good story. I'm willing to stick with this, could be an excellent series if the quality is kept up.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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