Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Diaspora

It's hard science but it is also FATE! What's going on? Surely as a FATE book this should be massive book not a slim attractive hardback book?

Diaspora is a book that is actually designed to be a book, not a magazine. It also has a powerfully stripped back FATE system that seems to retain the key ideas of the system and only expand it to include ideas key to implementing the genre.

Pathfinder #27: What Lies In Dust

The previous adventure path in Pathfinder left me a bit cold, despite loving the Arabian theme. I was feeling that the adventures were becoming quite rote with the inevitable escalation to the demons and devils that made up the end of adventure opponents.

This one is quite different, there's already been a scenario based around a play and I'm enjoying the current issue which involves a sealed Pathfinder lodge, vampires, assassin priestesses and pit fighting with summoned monsters.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Thousand Suns: Foundation Transmissions

I bought this one by mistake, thinking it was the main rulebook. It's actually a collection of articles and expansion rules that are the result of a writing competition. It's nicely presented but that's all I can say about it for now.

Pathfinder Bestiary

Another nice book in the Pathfinder line, an old-school style Monster Compendium. What is interesting is that it seems a lot more readable and enjoyable than the ultra-slick 4e books. I think the secret is that this is a genuine bestiary full of a variety of monsters and creatures including D&D classics and fantasy staples. It also includes some of Paizo's Lovecraft crossover creatures which are nice additions.