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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Urban Arcana, Part 3

Although I’ve been feeling horrible over the past two days due to a stomach virus, the writing bug hasn’t stopped inserting its proboscis into my head. So, as a result, I’ve started to build up a buffer, for both the sake of illness as well as to let out the writing bug. First off: Urban Arcana, the finale!

NOTICE: All art on this page is from Wizards of the Coast, and is thus copyright of its appropriate authors. It is shown here via the Urban Arcana Art Gallery as reference only.

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Posted by on May 29, 2010 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Urban Arcana, Part 2

NOTICE: All art on this page is from Wizards of the Coast, and is thus copyright of its appropriate authors. It is shown here via the Urban Arcana Art Gallery as reference only.

Casting incantations is a complex affair.

Magic and Mystery

Urban Arcana has new spells in it! Who would have guessed with a title like Urban Arcana? Anyway, we’ve got 59 new spells in total, ranging from reprints from an old web enhancement that was produced before there were any official hardcover d20 Modern supplements (such as the spell Burglar’s Buddy, which shuts down alarms, sensors, and surveillance feeds), revisions of Dungeons and Dragons spells (such as Gaseous Form, which has remained unchanged, and Phantom Steed, which has been changed into Phantom Limousine for the whole urban flavor), lots of electricity and electronics-related spells, and some oddballs that manage to stand out by being pretty fun (Clown Car lets you have an extradimensionally large vehicle interior, for instance…good stuff, there). Even more useful are the sidebars on casting spells through E-Mail (which is Open Game Content, thankfully) and converting psionics to standard spell rules (which is not Open Game Content, unfortunately, so you’ll have to convert them yourself if you want that element in your homebrew and still be able publish it under the Open Game License). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2010 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Urban Arcana, Part 1

"This ain't your Pappy's fantasy game."

"This ain't your Daddy's fantasy game!"

NOTICE: All art on this page is from Wizards of the Coast, and is thus copyright of its appropriate authors. It is shown here via the Urban Arcana Art Gallery as reference only.

Alright then, it’s time to take a little break from Blood and Vigilance and start up some new reviews and other things for you to use. First up is Urban Arcana. Published in 2003, Urban Arcana was the second official d20 Modern book to be released (yeah, they put out a campaign setting before their Monster Manual equivalent, which would be published 4 months later in the same year). As such, it got a fair dose of flack as trying to make the game into “D&D with guns”  and other such tripe. To which I say…feh! There’s enough urban fantasy that such a book would have come out sooner or later; Wizards just decided they’d do it sooner.  There are, however, noticeable problems with Urban Arcana…but we’ll get to that when we get to that. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2010 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews Double-Take: Blood and Vigilance Supernatural Titles

“Say, Rappy,” you ask me, “where’s our Dr. Strange for Blood and Vigilance? Where’s our Zatanna, our Etrigan, our Solomon Grundy?” Well, I’m proud to tell you that they are indeed here for you. Welcome to the review of two magical supplements for the Blood and Vigilance series: Mystic Arts and Superhero Arcana. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Blood and Vigilance, Part 4 of 4

“No, not my one weakness!”

Disadvantages. To anyone that’s read Mutants and Masterminds, the stuff here should seem familiar (although that’s certainly not a bad thing). These range from the expected (such as needing an alter ego that manifests itself at certain times or at will to produce your powers, such as Captain Marvel, or having a secret identity like..erm…just pick a hero, they’re probably an example) to the surprisingly mundane (having a drug addiction or disability) to the downright bizarre (for instance, you are so ugly that people try to actively avoid you, or you have inconveniences happen to you all the time, even if they aren’t a major hindrance). Oh, and for that header? Yeah, there is a Vulnerability disadvantage if you really want to have your own Kryptonite.

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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Blood and Vigilance Part 3 of 4

The Big List-o’-Powers, Part 2

Enhanced Senses
This one should be rather self-explanatory; you get to pick one of the five senses. There are also feats to grant Darkvision, grant the Scent special quality, or detect falsehoods with your superhearing trained on someone’s heartbeat (?).

Ensnaring Attack
You can essentially replicate a net, although it isn’t necessarily a literal net; you can flavor it as a net of “energy”, net of force, whatever. There’s also a feat to increase its durability.

Flight
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Posted by on May 17, 2010 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Blood and Vigilance, Part 2 of 4

I forgot how many powers there were in this book…wow. I think we may have to split up the powers section into two posts as a result.

…Please don’t hurt me. >_>;

How Powers Work

As I noted before, powers in Blood and Vigilance are similar to skill points in d20 Modern core, working under the same point level and “class vs. cross-class” system…there are some differences, however. The primary one is the concept of “Power Stunts”. Power Stunts reflect specific aspects of the general uses of a power, and are indicative of the mastery a character has over said power. If you want to use other uses of the power, sure, but unless you have a Power Stunt it’ll cost you an action point to use it. Stretch your powers too far and you’ll Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2010 in RPG Reviews

 

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