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#RPGaDay2017 Day 23: The layout of the book

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Wednesday post for #RPGaDay2017. We’re in Europe territory now… The Final Countdown!

Ok, you’re not here for the lame jokes, but for today’s question, which is:

August 23: Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?

Jaw-dropping is such a strong concept. I associate it with something truly extraordinary, and RPGs have really come far from the early days, it is amazing. And there are some notable examples of amazing layout.

Take the books by Modiphius Entertainment. Their books rarely disappoint Look at a sample page from the new Star Trek RPG.

They feel like something right out of Star Trek!

The recently released Starfinder is another example. I don’t have the hardcopy, but you can see the great layout on the PDF. Really didn’t expect any less form Paizo, but they have taken their expertise and taken it to the next level. Just look…

But my pick for true jaw-dropping layout goes to Monte Cook games! Their layout is no only elegant, easy to read, with generally great art, but the cross referencing, the rule clarifications and page references in the margins means that understanding the game and getting additional information when you need it is easy. This is style and function combined into one.

The companion to this series of posts are our vide responses to the questions of #RPGaDay2017 over at the Desde la Fosa YouTube channel. Me and the team at Desde la Fosa are recording our answers in Spanish. If you speak the language we appreciate the views, if you don’t, we are thankful for any shares.

Which is your choice for jaw-dropping layout? Let us know here in the comments or tag us in social media.

First Look: The Frontier by One Dwarf Army

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imageDo you like science fiction? Guns? Action? Games like Borderlands or Destiny? The d20 System? Then The Frontier may be for you. The Frontier by One Dwarf Army is a no-frills 90-paged pen & paper roleplaying game core book inspired by the aforementioned computer games and based on a simplified d20 System which should also appeal to old-school fans. Disclaimer: This first look is based on a complementary copy provided by the author. Thanks again, George.

The Frontier is definitely not a very beautiful book. It lacks artwork and has a very simple design. But what it lacks in frills it makes up in sheer badassery. The setting is the far-away world of Prometheus, a planet mostly covered in land and rife with opportunities and people to shoot.

imageThe system has a mixed OSR/d20 System heritage and is very easy to pick up and play if you know anything remotely D&D-related. The classes offered are The Commando, The Shadow, The Wirehead, and The Telepath. The Commando is more or less your standard soldier, while the Shadow is a more roguish type. The Wirehead uses various programs that can even affect their enviroment, while the Telepath has a slew of psychic abilities. Most abilities are combat-based, which is not surprising given the material which inspired The Frontier. I’ve included one of the Wirehead’s programs to the right as an example.

imageThe Gear chapter is definitely where The Frontier shines. There are various kinds of armor, from simple Common Armor to more special suits of armor, like the Asclepius armor, which can heal its user, or the Behemoth, which also protects against various kinds of enviromental damage. The weapon list is not any less impressive. You get stats for everything from a knive to a bazooka. There are of course also special weapons like the Alchemist, which is a shotgun which also causes Acid damage. Fun stuff!

The book also has an extensive section on Enemies which include bandits, mechs, mercenaries and exotic beasts common to Prometheus. The book concludes with an introductionary adventure. Unfortunately there’s no index, but the Table of Contents are fully bookmarked.

Overall The Frontier is an enjoyable read and I am sure its fun to play. The setting is nothing special, but should work great as a backdrop for a short campaign. The game doesn’t look much because of the lack of artwork and simple design, but it rules are solid, and you can easily see that it was a work of love. If you can look beyond the presentation you’re getting a fun little game that should be right up your alley if you enjoy games like the Borderlands series.

The Frontier is avaliabe digitally on RPGNow for the low price of $4.99.

#RPGaDay2017 Day 10: The reviews are in!

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Ten days already! Let’s continue with #RPGaDay 2017. Today’s question is:

August 10: Where do you go for RPG reviews?

Well Stargazer’s World of course! What better place… The best place for RPG reviews nine years running. Ok with the shameless plug out of the way, let’s continue. Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 10: The reviews are in!