DriveThruRPG Review: Suzerain: Pocket Universe

I am a fan of cross-genre gaming.  I was intrigued when I was introduced to Suzerain: Pocket Universe as the…

I am a fan of cross-genre gaming.  I was intrigued when I was introduced to Suzerain: Pocket Universe as the back cover description showed that this was a game that was solidly within my wheelhouse.

In this game, your character is a hero that is a representative of the gods.  Their adventures can span the breadth of time and space or just fill up one little corner of your universe.  This book is published by Savage Mojo and written by Zach Wellhouse.  It is a conversion of the Suzerain game to the Savage Worlds game system.  The first part of the game is dedicated to explaining the changes that have been made to Savage World system to better accommodate Suzerain.  The major change that you will notice is the increase in level.  Instead of play ending at Legendary, a new level has been added and appropriately named Demigod.  The purpose in this addition was to give players access to the level of play that one would expect from a cross-genre game such as Suzerain.  Character retirement is now recommended at 180 xp as they are now gods founding their own pantheons.  In addition to this change there are several minor tweaks made to how the system runs.  Bennies are renamed Karma and given extra benefits whilst Power points are renamed Pulse and the Fatigue track was extended to allow for social and mental fatigue to be introduced.

DriveThruRPG Reviews: The Many Mars Books of Adamant Entertainment

It is safe to say that John Carter did not do as well as Disney would have liked. It is…

It is safe to say that John Carter did not do as well as Disney would have liked. It is pretty clear by now that it is more on the Prince of Persia end of the profit scale than on the Pirates of the Caribbean end. That’s a shame, really. The original John Carter books are fine examples of good pulp action and tons of sci-fi stories and franchises have mined the stories for ideas and themes. Many of the things that we take for granted as being part of the sci-fi landscape come from places like the John Carter stories, Flash Gordon and the writing of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. If the movie had done well, there could have been an explosion of interest in these pulp stories that would have benefitted nerds everywhere. That’s no doubt what Adamant Entertainment was hoping for with their Mars supplements. But, despite the lack of success of the John Carter movie, we can still enjoy some of the gaming that gained its inspiration from the same source.

Adamant has published a number of adventures and supplements that revolve around the pulp Mars. The first, Blood Legacy of Mars begins with a coup and a loyal servant fleeing the bloody massacre of the royal family with the infant heir to the throne in her arms. It picks up decades later when this heir is a grown man who believes himself to be nothing more than the son of a whore. He is a talented nobody who will likely only know fame and fortune through luck as much as talent and hard work. Fortunately, his heritage is just that bit of luck. Unfortunately, it is likely to be as much trouble as it is to be of help. Enter, the player characters. They arrive just as a bit of serendipity reveals the prince’s noble heritage and are dragged along for his wild ride to fame and fortune.

DriveThruRPG Reviews: Operation Winter Kill is Full of Excitement!

Given the title, it’s not hard to guess what kind of adventure Strike Force 7: Operation Winter Kill is going…

Strike Force 7 - Operation: Winter Kill

Given the title, it’s not hard to guess what kind of adventure Strike Force 7: Operation Winter Kill is going to be. If there is any confusion, though, let me clarify. It is an action movie turned into a Savage Worlds adventure. That’s no criticism as the Fast! Furious! Fun! style of Savage Worlds fits an action movie plot perfectly. In fact, a useful way to determine if a Savage Worlds adventure is going to be good is to try to imagining Arnold Schwarzenegger from the 80’s starring in it. If you can, it’s going to be good.

In keeping with the action movie vibe of Winter Kill the plot involves the U.S. in a three way struggle with the U.S.S.R. and a terrorist organization known as Skorpion. As if the cold war tension was not enough, having a group known as Skorpion gives the adventure a very action movie feel.