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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Blood and Relics, Part 2

“The Power of Christ Compels You!”

Heading into chapter 2, we are introduced to a new game mechanic: “spiritual afflictions”. This is really one of the few spots where the specific type of religious conspiracy/Heaven vs. Hell setting that runs more covertly through the generic occult conspiracy of Blood and Relics bubbles violently to the surface, presenting itself plain and clear for all to see. Spiritual afflictions are similar to the Taint from Ravenloft; they are not diseases of the body or the mind so much as they are of the soul, a corrupting tendril of influence from the things of darkness. Some of the generic afflictions include self-explanatory things such as Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Blood and Relics (Part 1)

One of my first reviews, since lost to the annals of time, was of the RPGObjects title Blood and Relics. It is simultaneously what spurred me on to continued blogging way back when, as well as the reason I wanted to rewrite a lot of my old RPG reviews in the first place.¬† It was sort of like remembering your first bike ride: you have a fondness for your successes, but you also remember hitting the rocks and falling face-first into the mud as well. While I do believe it was the first time I successfully managed to channel snarky comments into an overall positive review, at the same time it still had some subconscious underpinnings of my Baptist heritage. When reviewing a religiously-charged roleplaying game supplement, that subconsciousness was a no-no; even if I hadn’t been officially Southern Baptist since around high school, I still had a bit of it clinging on in the back of my head. Thankfully, I now live on a religious diet that consists of Good Omens, Internet blogs mocking silly fundamentalist fiction, and Carl Sagan, so I don’t exactly hold my fundamentalist mindset of the distant past as an anchor or a sacred cow. So, without further adieu, let’s get out the steak knives and barbeque sauce as we cut into Blood and Relics. Again. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Imperial Age-Magick

Welcome, viewers, to the final week of Magic in Modern Month. Sorry that it got a little sidetracked last week, but I had a mixture of a bad virus, lots of distractions, and busy busyness in general. So, we’ve looked at modern magic in general, and modern magic in a specific setting. Now, we’re going to take a look at a little bit of a conundrum: a non-modern d20 Modern magic system. Specifically, we’re going to be looking at Imperial Age: Magick from Adamant Entertainment, a title about alternate magic systems and the Victorian era. While this title uses old English spellings such as armour, Defence, and magick when describing its game terms…well, I’m an American, so rather than force my writing to be different a whole review, I’ll be talking the rules over in Americanized English. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Elements of Magic-Mythic Earth

Greetings, viewers, to the next installment of Magic in Modern Month! Today, I’ll be looking at a “from the ground up” title that throws out the standard d20 Modern magic rules in favor of its own system. This¬† is Elements of Magic: Magic Earth from E.N. Publishing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Modern Magic Volume 2

Well, it as obvious that I’d have to review this one since I reviewed volume 1, so… Welcome to the RPG review, where today I’ll be looking at Modern Magic: Volume 2 by the Game Mechanics as part of what I’m going to be dubbing “Magic in Modern month”! Oh yes, each week this month (if i don’t get distracted by anything major), there will be a review up of a d20 Modern book that covers magic. Excited? I hope so, because here we go. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Modern Magic Volume 1

If anyone knows d20 Modern, it’s the game’s creators. As such, the Game Mechanics (fueled by the brains behind d20 Modern) is a company whose products are pretty trustworthy and I’ve come to consider almost “second party”, rather than third party, products for the system. Today, we’ll be looking at volume one of two of the company’s Modern Magic title (which I believe is collected in one print book…but I don’t have that one on hand, and it’s probably easier to review the two books separately anyway). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in RPG Reviews

 

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Rappy’s RPG Reviews: Michael Tresca Movie Modules Part 1

Hey all, it’s that time of the year again. Getting close to the holidays, cold weather out, and gifts for all. And in the spirit of giving, I decided I’d be doing some smaller “mini-reviews” of free d20 Modern pop culture-based sourcebooks from Michael Tresca, whose work with RPObjects I’ve already reviewed before on this site. For our first installment, I’ll be looking at Aliens: Game Over and Predator: Cazador de Trofoes. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2010 in RPG Reviews

 

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