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Messages - Zachary The First

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Reviews / Novus Fantasy Roleplaying Game
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:44:43 am »
I really like Novus. It's a really good game for Rolemaster folks who were looking for something just a bit easier to run/play. It's definitely worth giving a look over for most RM, MERP, or HARP fans.

I do think that the game sort of got lost in the shuffle a bit, and that's an absolute shame, because there's some good things there.

That is very kind of you to say! Thanks, guys. I'll keep doing my best to do it so long as there's value to others in it.

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / SUPERS Revised Edition
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:39:34 pm »
Quote from: 3rik;784302
That's common with OBS print-on-demand and nothing to worry about. The wavyness will disappear after a while.

Yeah, I've had a few others, and they've subsided over time. It's already better than it was. Good-looking book, regardless.

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / SUPERS Revised Edition
« on: September 01, 2014, 12:24:12 pm »
Got my hardcover over the weekend. Pages are a bit wavy from either the ink/paper or humidity around here, but aside from, looks really good. Glad I jumped on the print+pdf combo while I could.

Reviews / Disposable Heroes Modern Gangs Statix 1
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:49:06 am »
I recently was in need of some mooks and thugs for an upcoming superhero RPG campaign that I'll be running. I picked up a nice range of used Heroclix for the actual superheroes and a few random crooks, but I still needed a sizable number of pieces to use to represent street gangs, civilians, and the like.

So, once again, I turned to Precis Intermedia, who has been making my gamemastering easy for what seems like ages now with their line of Disposable Heroes. I've used them for ancient-themed games, traditional fantasy, the Civil War era, and much more. Now, it was time to see what they had in the way of supers and modern paper minis.

If there's a complaint with this set, it's that the name "Modern Gangs" is way too limited! This set not only comes with the traditional "mob" guys in suits, but also represents street gangs (red and blue), mercenaries, police officers, your average joe on the street, and some less savory types, as well. This set would go a long way towards filling out the populace of any modern/superhero setting, really. This isn't just modern gangs--it represents a whole host of potential friends, enemies, and citizens for your campaign.

As for the product itself, the 30 different figures here may be printed out in lack and white, and may either be used with Precis Intermedia's bases or cut out in trifold form. There is also the option to use these as flat counters. If you're in need of a veritable hoard of just one type of mini, there are also pages of "armies" of each type of figure.

In terms the actual art, Joshua Cayne did a really nice job on these figures. Printing out my sheets on cardstock on an older inkjet printer at so-so resolution still produced sharp characters that are easy to discern.

If I had a single complaint, is that when I printed out my stand-ups, there was a second page that only had two figures on it. It doesn't look as if any more pieces could have been fit on page one, but it did seem like a bit of a waste of paper, just having two figures on a whole page. Really, though, that's the only issue I had.

You can purchase Disposable Heroes at the Precis Intermedia website, or via the product page over at RPGNow. For $3.95, this is a great deal. It's hard to go wrong with Disposable Heroes, which with this set continue to provide affordable, good-looking paper miniature solutions for the gaming table.

Quote from: brettmb;783082
I just heard back from OBS - super fast service. Good customer service too. Looks like they're really on the ball these days.

That's great to hear! I don't order too many print products from them--mainly pdf--but I'm glad to hear they're on it.

Quote from: brettmb;783070
That was fast. I just got my print copy. Kind of disappointed as it's banged up pretty good with a dented top spine and outer corner. The character sheets are also partially cut off.

Ouch. I'd contact DTRPG and have them send out a replacement. That's damaged goods.

Man, this is some good stuff so far. I'll have to do a recap or review, but I've noticed a few big positives so far:

-Some nice clean-up of some things that were lacking, and cleaning up the core resolution mechanic.
-It looks like damage/combat has been simplified a bit.
-Digging the Hazard rules. Going to make it very easy to create a bursting dam or tidal wave to challenge the heroes, too.
-Rules for assisting/teaming up with another super to perform an action.
-More Judge stuff overall on how to deal with smashing stuff, dying, etc.
-Vehicles and bases! Yes!

Looks really good so far. I probably won't get my print copy until another week or two, but it looks like a really nice job has been done with this. Building supers still looks as easy as the original edition, which is a big thumbs-up from me, too.

Quote from: flyerfan1991;782479
I have to agree about the occasional (lack of) coverage at Gen Con. It's as if the "geek quota" was filled up by SDCC, and news outlets have to recharge for a month or two.

Hey, maybe they'll get you a press pass.

I usually attend on a press pass, although I feel a bit silly using the term. The one big bonus it adds for me is a bit of ease in breaking the ice sometimes, and getting into the hall an hour early Thursday to get photos before everything goes nuts.

Quote from: Hodgson;782513
Thanks for dropping back at the C7 stand, Zach.  I know it's a hellishly busy time for you trying to get round everything.  Good to meet you.

No, thank you! I know you were quite busy--I appreciate the grand tour I received!

Over 16,000 views at this point! Gen Con likes us to send examples of coverage of the event (believe it or not, some "press" don't do much covering at all). I'll definitely be sending this to them, along with a couple of interviews/reviews that came out of the convention period, too. Thanks again, everyone!

Quote from: brettmb;781940
Is this sale on yet?

I think Walt said he would be putting it up later tonight. I'll check first thing in the morning.

EDIT: Yep!

I’d probably have to say RuneQuest 6th as well would be at least a good candidate for what they’re after. It does a really good job of explaining core concepts in the book, too.

They might be getting close capacity for the main part of the ICC (although I still saw many unused areas), but all of that part downtown is interconnected via the tubes. I’m guessing if they moved a few events a bit further away, it would open up room.

The city loves Gen Con—it’s a serious money-maker, and I think that’s apparent by the way local businesses have really embraced it and tried to cater to it.

EDIT: The 500 is huge, but it’s also on the west side of town, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a lot of campers and single-day attendees.

To give an idea of just how massive the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is, by the way, here’s just some of the stuff you could fit inside:

Quote from: kroh;781087
A sale sounds like a great idea.  How about, starting this Friday, we put the PDF and the Prints together on sale for a week.  Buy the Dead Tree Copy and get the digi-copy for free.  We'll keep the sale going right through until the American Holiday.  

Spread the word!

Upward and Onward!

Uh, sold! :) Actually, I was planning on picking it up this weekend anyhow, so this is great timing!

Also, way to go on listening to potential customers! Great to see!

The good news is, there's still room for expansion, while keeping it all centrally located. The ICC has plenty of room to still be utilized, but make no mistake, they also need to take a hard look at traffic flow and walking space. It's a completely different feel at 30k vs. 56k.

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