What have you splurged on recently? (continued)

Early views -
What's it like?
Is it worth getting ?
How d20 centric is it? (After all it mentions D&D and Pathfinder on the cover. How much is applicable to PbtA, Fate, Cypher etc.)

I'm hoping for a review - So You Want to be a Game Master is on my want list.
 
And my Alien investment ends too this year with this arrival for "building better worlds". So only Blade Runner remains an active purchase from Fria Ligan heading into 2024.

Cubicle7 still owes me "Vow of Absolution" so I can only close the Wrath and Glory chapter next year.

OFF TOPIC 2d20 instead of splurging follows:
Yes, the first 2d20 game by Jay Little, the titular Mutant Chronicles 3e got a lot of hate elsewhere, and even negativity from some people here, because it was the original raw 2d20 with a poorly written and poorly indexed rulebook. The most beloved 2d20 was and remains Star Trek Adventures because it was more streamlined (no hit locations, one damage track) plus many Trekkies were willing to give it a shot just to play a new Star Trek RPGs. But the LCARS dark pages colour scheme did get hate from people here too, but that is a layout hate not rules hate. Conan got a lot of Robert E. Howard fans because in the early days Modiphius was committed to superb lore and art for Conan before the last books got polluted by white-washing censorship types. This censorship killed any windfall sales for John Carter of Mars for those collectors who wanted an art book to admire Dejah Thoris as seen in multiple artworks by renowned artists Michaell Whelan (my favourite), Joe Jusko, and legendary Frank Frazetta, and even comics covers of J. Scott Campbell and Jay Anacleto (I am skipping the soft porn artists). Knowing your audience is key.



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"Building Better Worlds" also brings memories of the East India Trading Company with the retro-futurist Three World Empire (3WE), with inspiration from the very best flag in the world ever, The Union Jack/Flag (thanks Scotland for the Blue that brought life to Saint George's plain white). Yes, one reason I am pro-British is the flag, something England alone lacks.

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Looking forward to a good old system matters debate!

Early views -
What's it like?
Is it worth getting ?
How d20 centric is it? (After all it mentions D&D and Pathfinder on the cover. How much is applicable to PbtA, Fate, Cypher etc.)

Review here - in short, yes it's super adaptable. The examples it gives are mostly fantasy / D&D, but the techniques are generic. Includes an exploration of the 3-clue node-based design which is how Vaesen / Tales From The Loop handles mysteries

https://burnafterrunningrpg.com/202...g-for-review-so-you-want-to-be-a-game-master/
 
Looking forward to a good old system matters debate!



Review here - in short, yes it's super adaptable. The examples it gives are mostly fantasy / D&D, but the techniques are generic. Includes an exploration of the 3-clue node-based design which is how Vaesen / Tales From The Loop handles mysteries

https://burnafterrunningrpg.com/202...g-for-review-so-you-want-to-be-a-game-master/

Thanks Guy. I'm only 50 pages in, providing a walk through of the process of starting and running your own Dungeon. Even here there are a lot of simple and generic advice on how to structure the information needed to make an adventure (wherever it is set and whatever type of 'dungeon') really approachable and easy off the page to run from the text. Some simple use 'Yes And' advice, with a sensible notice of 'No But' leading to dead ends.

I can tell that the book will be infused with sage advice and strong reminders of things that I might have forgotten, or not used well for a while.
 
I’m probably close to the end of the Alien line, but I will probably pick up the Space Trucker book if they release it.
I was afraid of that one, because I too am tempted by the age old transport tropes.

The other book I also think is in the pipeline is the prison planets one with crime and punishment as per the Alien 3 movie, but not for me, I never liked that movie anyway (just Alien and Aliens for me).
 
The packaging for The Devil’s Bridge wasn’t great, some dints. But book looks good.
 
The packaging for The Devil’s Bridge wasn’t great, some dints. But book looks good.
Damn! I am OCD about dints and scuffs, hence, I have two copies of my favourite core books, so the public players' version can get damaged but keeping my pristine one safe.

But for adventure books, I just have one copy. How am I supposed to live with dints arriving on a brand new sealed book? Not good at all
 
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