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Battlemap : Dark Altar
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/07/2014 10:13:54
Just the place for the final showdown with whatever bunch of fanatics worship here...

Much of the ancient temple appears to have fallen into disrepair, and there's some nasty unidentified oozey gunk all over the place, but the lights and cages suggest some deluded fools still come here to venerate whatever this altar is dedicated to... and who knows, they may even summon it up!

With an overview sketch that shows how the relief works, a series of pages to paste together or a zip file with a really big single-page version (word to the wise, the same name of 'nogrid-complete' is used for EVERY zip file this publisher releases, remember to change the name if you buy more than one or they'll overwrite previous ones when downloaded!) for those using a virtual table top or who have access to a poster-scale printer, you have all that you need to set the scene for a climactic battle! And it looks good too. In a creepy sort of way. Just the thing for the intended purpose.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Battlemap : Jousting Field
by Malcolm W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/21/2014 07:11:08
This map is nicely done, but I was disappointed that a gridless version wasn't included. The only scenario that the author considered is printing out the maps and using them on a physical table, in which case a grid is great. But with the rise of VTTs like Roll20.net, GMs now have the option of superimposing grids that suit their games (whether that's square or hex), and changing the scale, color and transparency of the grid. So gridless versions of maps like this are becoming more desirable, and common. The ultimate for me would be one complete map (not cut into tiles) with no grid. I would have paid more for it even.

I hope the author (and others) will take this advice to heart and start reissuing their maps in this VTT- and GM-friendly format.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Publisher Reply:
Thank you for your feedback. I recently started including complete and gridless versions of the maps for use with VTT software with newer releases. I will look into updating this one with a gridless map for VTT use as well. If you need such an update for any other of my battlemaps let me know one way or another and I will try to update it.
That would be great! I\'ll update my rating as soon as you provide the new file. If you could announce it in this thread I\'ll be sure to receive the notice right away. Looking forward to it, thanks!
Snow Crawler
by Randal N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/18/2014 16:59:29
Well, that was a disappointment -- I thought this was to be a paper model of a crawler, that's how it appeared in the email advertisement, but it is just a stat block and a pretty picture (of a paper model!). A total waste of my 78 cents.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Publisher Reply:
I\'m sorry to hear about this misconception. Sadly I can\'t even begin to comprehend how the conclusion that this might be a paper model came to be. I don\'t send out advertisement emails and I highly doubt that this product was advertised as a paper model in a OneBookShelf newsletter either. The product description, short and to the point, quite clearly states that the PDF contains statistics and an illustration for game use. In addition the quick preview available shows the whole PDF. I can not imagine that anything in this preview hints at a cut out paper model. In addition, just to make sure, I checked if the product was by accident listed in the wrong category, which it wasn\'t.
Simia Aerodyne Limousine
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/14/2014 10:33:45
This product presents a small and quite neat aerodyne vehicle which apparently was pulled from the market before it even had a chance to be a failure. There's nothing to suggest that it would have been either a failure or a massive success... a few are around, however, so it is the sort of thing that will have people scratching their heads when they see one. (Something I know all too well, I used to drive an unusual Renault model called a Safrane which even puzzled the cops who attended when someone rear-ended me!).

Anyway, it's a civilian pleasure vehicle requiring a driver and carrying up to four passengers. In how much comfort is not clear, but it looks quite roomy and the comfort no doubt depends on how much you want to spend on the interior.

Perhaps the party will notice it and need to describe it to cops or insurance people, but cannot identify make and model...

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Starships Book I00II0 : Kite Class Corvette
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/24/2014 04:58:27
Looking oddly like a beetle, the Kite Class Corvette has excellent sensors, but limited range and rather cramped quarters - meaning that crews generally have to pull double duty as there isn't space for enough people to run more civilised shift patterns. It seems to serve well in system defence modes, however.

There is a rather muddled account of the development of this class of vessel, apparently done in tandem with the Cutlass Heavy Fighter which uses it as a mobile base. The success of the Kite has rather piggybacked on sales of the Cutlass, it seems, to the delight of the manufacturer (just who that is we are not told...).

Some notes on typical crew - generally fresh out of Space Academy - are given, along with full stats, several external views and a deckplan. This shows how cramped it is - you have to walk through the Ship's Locker to get to the Bridge, and there are no common areas whatsoever!

The beetle-like appearance is due to huge sensor booms, by the way.

Best use for this vessel is a near-planet patrol, something your party may encounter as they arrive in-system.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Adventure Seed - The Christmas Robbery
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/23/2013 10:30:52
Potential excellent, execution flawed... bestrewn through a jumbled outpouring of information there are the strands of a good plot in which to embroil the characters, but it is difficult to tease them out into an organised storyline.

So a bank robbery has taken place... for a start, there is absolutely no indication of why the party should get involved. The limited amount of information that is made public (that the characters could reasonably have access to) is muddled up with details of what was actually going on, likewise the evidence that they can unearth should they decide to start investigating.

The annoying thing is, it is a very good plot... there is plenty of scope for getting characters into all sorts of trouble, with different factions involved and the potential for an interesting news story as well. There's even a good handout in the shape of the local broadsheet newspaper headlines of the robbery to hand to your players. A sensible structure, an introduction explaining how the whole affair comes to the party's attention, then a logical description of what can be discovered and how coupled with the background of what's really taking place and I would be shouting how wonderful this is...

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Starships Book I00I00 : Heavy Yacht
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/19/2013 10:54:01
This work introduces a quite fascinating starship: the Trilobite-class heavy yacht. Noted for heavy armour and shielding, it's designed to be able to make close approaches to stars and enter heavily-irradiated areas... and all to provide new thrills for jaded nobility and other persons of wealth!

A second use is suggested - black ops insertion - as the vessel is quite stealthy even if it does not bear weapons. It also seems to me that research scientists might find it useful, provided that they work for a university or other institution with very deep pockets, as this is not a cheap starship - over 600 MCr.

Because of its intended clientele, the interior is luxurious and the crew includes several stewards to cater to the passengers' every whim.

As well as backhistory of the type and full statistical details, there are several exterior views and a deckplan (although for some reason the bridge is buried in the centre of the ship when there is an ideal 3-seat area in the upper level to the front... I think I'll remodel the layout in mine!).

Certainly an interesting starship to encounter, or even to use with a party interested in exploration - or luxurious adventuring!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Battlemap : Stilt Houses
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/09/2013 10:36:36
It's a charming setting and looks a lot warmer than the UK in December... perhaps that's because such stilt houses are popular in the far east.

The scene is simple, a cluster of houses linked by walkways in a shallow lake ('cos big waterlilies like the ones to be seen only grow in shallow water), with a few trees along the shoreline.

The cover illustration shows the location more clearly than the actual battlemap, which is of course in the standard top-down view so all you see is the house roof rather than the more interesting bits underneath (open-sided airy rooms and of course the stilts).

It could certain prove an interesting and unusual setting: perhaps a rebel force has holed up here, or some drug runners... or it may be a pleasant vacation spot for the party!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Starships Book I00000 : T-C-300 Freighter
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/24/2013 10:47:24
It is good to have a wide range of ships plying the space lanes, so this is an interesting and unusual craft to add to the mix. Repurposed from a military vessel, the T-C-300 Freighter was (officially) disarmed before being sold on although, life in the black being what it is, many merchants have mounted weapons of their own after purchase. Alas, some pirate, ahem, ethically challenged merchants have picked up these ships as well.

The ship is very manoeuverable in open space, with the drives being mounted in the three pods that are the distinctive feature of the design. However, they are not able to operate in atmosphere and may encounter difficulties in extreme gravity wells. Many spacefarers find these ships quite threatening, as you cannot tell what sort of weapons they have mounted (if any) until they power up and open fire.

In this product there is quite a bit of background about this vessel, nice external views from several angles and deck plans, also a full stat block and example captain and crewman stats.

A useful addition, be it something seen in the space lanes or a vessel your party may wish to use themselves - crew accommodation appears limited to four people, so larger parties may find it a bit cramped, however.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Battlemap : Airship Port
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/21/2013 11:24:05
There are several good airship plan products available, so it is rather nice to have somewhere to moor them!

This product, drawn in Hollnbuchner's distinctive crisp style, depicts a temporary landing field suitable for a military operation. There is a central mooring mast with space for three airships, a hanger in which work can be done on one and a few tents to accommodate pilots and groundcrew, all within a fence.

At first glance, you might think this is World War 1 vintage... however right now in a post-apocalypse game run using Pinnacle Entertainment's Deadlands: Hell on Earth ruleset, my character is on an airship, poised to defend it from a marauding aircraft, and I'm sure he'll be glad of somewhere to land it once the action is over! I'm sure plenty of other GMs will find a use for this too.

Another useful and unusual battlemap to add to the array available.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Battlemap : Scriptorium
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/23/2013 11:30:41
Most scriptoria are in monastery cloisters or at least an above-ground library, to get good natural light. But should for any reason (security, perhaps) you want to have one in a dungeon, here's a good floorplan to use when visiting adventurers probably are not here to borrow a book or two!

It's a simple rectangular room with double doors at each end. However it is made a bit more complex - as the scene for a brawl or chase - by the racks and bookshelves within. There are also two tables, beside which the only light sources are located, at which scribes or librarians can work.

Perhaps this is some reclusive wizard's library, or secure storage for a faith's most holy and valuable texts.

Whatever you decide it is, it makes a good and atmospheric setting for the adventurers to come poking around.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Starships Book III0I : Viribus Unitis Class
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/12/2013 08:55:26
Something interesting for the explorers amongst us to discoved, this ship is apparently an early attempt by a world fairly new to space travel to develop a fusion-powered battleship. Before this vessel was built, their main experience was in building orbital facilities (and the ships necessary to reach them) and this shows in the basic design with its power plant and airlocks mounted on a ring structure reminisent of many an early space station.

It isn't much of a battleship, but can serve as a launch platform for fighter craft especially when they are used as part of the planetary defence system. It carries six fighters, but minimal maintenance facilities - refuelling, re-arming and crew rest are about all it is capable of providing.

Crammed into this product there is descriptive text, details of the captain, a representative crew man and a representative fighter pilot, full stats and lots of images - both exterior views from many different angles and outline deck plans showing you what's within.

An interesting early craft which might provoke humour in some experienced travellers but which serves a particular purpose in a system in which space exploration is relatively new.... possibly even a first encounter situation. Or perhaps it is a relic of earlier days, now providing a base for customs inspectors to greet incoming craft to the system, for example.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Battlemap : Crashed Airship
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/19/2013 08:29:01
Plenty of scope here... the shattered remains of a hydrogen-filled airship. Perhaps the characters come across it, or maybe they have been tasked with the accident investigation.... the fact that some trees have already been felled and dragged off suggests that they weren't responsible for the crash (at least, not recently!).

The debris field might warrant picking over - and of course the characters may not be the only people interested. After all, the most common use for a battlemap is to, er, stage a battle, or at least a brawl!

The artwork is clear and crisp with the remnants of the airship's frame, the ash and other debris left by the fireball of impact and the surrounding vegetation (which apparently had a lucky escape, little burned...).

It probably is not every day that you need a crashed airship, but when you do - this is a nice example.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Battlemap : The Barrows
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/08/2013 10:43:42
This map consists of a rolling landscape, grassy with scattered trees and bushes - and some mysterious piles of rock. Obviously left there on purpose, how long ago and why is open to speculation...

... although one suggestion, that they are grave markers over the burial mounds of long-dead heroes is a plausible one.

Up to you what is going on there and why, but it's an interesting area with plenty of scope.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Starships Book II000 : Commercial Liner
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/04/2013 08:48:38
Interestingly, this product describes somewhat of a failed ship design - an unarmed mixed passenger/cargo transport with underpowered Jump drives and expensive streamlining. Apparently this has made it unpopular, so if you are prepared to put up with these shortcomings you may find a bargain or two at the used starship lot!

Background text, full stats and a selection of Hollnbuchner's glorious sketches as well as more conventional deck plans present the full picture of a ship that basically hasn't decided what it is and so doesn't do anything particularly well!

Best place for these is operating in a small cluster where systems are close together, or even using it in-system if there's more than one habitable world. Or, as the text suggests, ripping out the passenger cabins and replacing them with low berths - pack 'em in with a low unit fare but enough of them to make some money!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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