This is a very strange review for me to write. Make no mistake, the Exeter is a first-class quality starship deckplan. The problem -- if you want to call it that -- is only that the Exeter comes across as a "Expanded Director's Cut DVD Edition" of the last starship in the Future Armada series, the Jo Lynn.
This is not to say that the Exeter is a bad deckplan in any way, shape or form. I was merely surprised that it followed so closely in the design mold of the Jo Lynn. Like a Director's Cut DVD, the Exeter is larger, with more features, but it feels like the Jo Lynn on steroids.
Everything that I called good about the Jo Lynn, in my review of that deckplan, is also true of the Exeter. Such is the similarity between the two vessels.
This one will make a good home for a larger player-group (player crew maxes at 8, rather than the Jo Lynn's 4), especially a group interested in running large amounts of cargo or passengers. The Exeter will also make an excellent Tramp Freighter NPC ship, and the usual NPC crew stats and stories are provided.
Beyond these considerations, whether you buy the Exeter or not will depend largely on the specific needs of your SF campaign.<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: The Exeter shows the same full-bore quality, amazing color artwork, and attention to detail as in the previous Future Armada release, the Jo Lynn. Designer Ryan Wolfe is once again at the top of his game here.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Not a criticism, as such, but a bit of a puzzlement instead. The Exeter "reads" as simply a larger, expanded version of the Jo Lynn. I was surprised at the choice to follow up the Jo Lynn with such a similar vessel. Perhaps this was my own fault -- I realize now, I was secretly hoping for a space-exploration starship -- something to address the other popular SF campaign model, done in the Future Armada style.
Some buyers may be disappointed that the "alternative version" of the Exter is not a military vessel, as with the Jo Lynn, but rather, an expanded passenger/cargo carrier configuration.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br><BR>[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]<BR>