Over on RPGNet, Kafka has picked up The Justice Trade and given it a once-over.
Kafka says “Each of these adventures add more colour and flavour to the Ashen Stars universe with each containing a mystery waiting to jump out and shock the players. This collection is unreservedly recommended for the setting and the Gumshoe system, and even for other SFRPGs (once you master the tropes specific to Ashen Stars).”
Ending with the high praise, “So, if you need inspiration to create your own adventures or are a lazy sod like myself (who would rather steal…I mean adapt) this package of adventures is guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing along with creating a great night guaranteed to thrill and in some cases give your players the willies”, Kafka rates The Justice Trade an excellent 5 for Style and Substance.
You can read the full review here.
Over on RPG Geek, Paul Baldowski has read through the latest edition of Ken Writes About Stuff, Looking Glass: Mumbai. He describes how “Rather like getting someone else to read Rough Guide or Lonely Planet on Mumbai, and then digesting the executive summary. Looking Glass: Mumbai boiled a fascinating city down to a thick lightly seasoned sauce and allows you to apply the resulting condiment however you see fit.”
He goes on to point out that “Sometimes, it’s good to have someone else do the legwork for you in finding somewhere interesting and potentially exciting to run your next adventure.”
We completely agree, Paul, which is why we got Ken to Write About Stuff in the first place. ;)
He concludes that Looking Glass: Mumbai is “A brief and very focussed taster of a complex and vast city with potential to be used in innumerable games, not just Gumshoe-powered ones.”
You can read Paul’s complete review over on RPG Geek here.
Over at RPGNet, Kafka has been working through our new releases, and has posted a great review of The Esoterrorists 2nd Edition, giving it 5/5 for Style and Substance.
Kafta notes that the second edition contains “both an update of the basic rules (GUMSHOE), hence edition change but also add-ons that make it more the game (possibly) more enjoyable”, and then concludes by saying that “it is a significant improvement over 1.0 by addressing all the shortcomings that slim volume had. It is not only twice the value for the buck – but very careful attention is paid to explaining the workings of the GUMSHOE system – so if that still eludes you – this book is worth its weight in gold (and it is a heavy book).”
You can read the full review on RPGNet here.
On the UK Roleplayers forum, Ragr has given the Esoterror Factbook a great 8/10. Ragr says the Factbook “…expands the background wonderfully and provides great advice for developing characters and helping the players to visualise exactly what their job as OV investigators is all about.”
Ragr concludes by saying:
“For me this book was a palpable hit and highly recommended, if not essential, if you’re plunging into the world of Esoterror and want to maximise the experience.”
You can read the full review of the Esoterror Factbook on the UK Roleplayers forum here.
Jonathan Hicks of Farsight Blogger fame has posted a great review of Dust and Mirrors, new original music for Night’s Black Agents by James Semple and his crack composing team. Jonathan says,
“The themes on this album have an excellent atmosphere to them that suit the Night’s Black Agents game perfectly. I’m incredibly impressed with this album, not just as a decent soundtrack for a great game but also as a great selection of music from some incredibly talented people. I can see this getting some serious airtime during my special ops-themed campaigns”.
He also says,
“The music itself reflects both of the genres the game represents exceptionally well. The high-energy and action-orientated spy genre merges well with the dark, brooding danger of the horror in the world and you could quite easily use this music in a general spy- or special ops-themed game or a stand-alone horror one.”
You can read the full review on RPG.net here.
A thorough review of Ashen Stars from Matthew Pook.
In fact, in comparison with other Gumshoe System RPGs, Ashen Stars is fundamentally straightforward and unfussy. Were it not for what the RPG does to the genre it is emulating, that is rework it as an investigation game, Ashen Stars would be considered to be a very traditional RPG. Instead it highlights and makes its focus upon the usually ignored investigative nature of the genre, the feature of Ashen Stars and so refreshes the genre.
The Everwayan points out that with “…all the excitement over the release of 13th Age, it might be easy to overlook another excellent new release from Pelgrane Press, the Western RPG Owl Hoot Trail.”
Further along is mentioned “The setting is mostly up to you. You can dial up the Weird Westerness or dial it down and keep things pretty gritty. There is a small section on foes and monsters, including some D&D old reliables reskinned a bit for a Western fantasy setting. Any GM worth her salt will be able to adapt easily the monsters from any d20/OSR game for Owl Hoot Trail.”
To read the full review, click here.
User Baz King on the UK Roleplayer forums says that Owl Hoot Trail makes him want to tear up all his notes. He continues,
“The system in OHT is simple and light, but with all the buttons that OGL games press. On a quick read though, I’m impressed and want to know more.”
Read the full review and replies here.
A review of five-ENnie-nominated Night’s Black Agents by Charlie White on Intwischa
If you want to feel like a badass, get this book. If you’re sick of Twilight, get this book. If you want compelling player-versus-player that doesn’t ruin campaigns or friendships, get this book.
Hell, if you like roleplaying games, get this book. It thoroughly deserves its spot as a nominee for Best RPG of the Year, and I’m very much looking forward to giving it a try.
A review of The Zalozhniy Quartet by featured reviewer Alexander O on DriveThruRPG. Five out of Five.
Once you’ve settled in to your regularly Night’s Black Agents sessions, I highly recommend The Zalozhniy Quartet.