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My review of Gods of the Fall for the Cypher System. Hopefully I'll hurry up and read a few more books so I can procrastinate on doing reviews of those next!
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Look what I got in the mail today!
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May your chair shots ring true.

(can I see what the back cover looks like?) :D
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Since I published, and plan on publishing in the future, some reviews of game products, I decided to further define what I mean when I use stars.
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Even with all of the pretty visuals, realizing that today, with a day off, I can't find enough people for a game of even non-expansion Walker Assault on Battlefront, I really wished I had used the money I spent on the super deluxe are you kidding me with that price tag edition of Battlefront and picked up Imperial Assault instead.
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So, this isn't meant as a superiority declaration or anything. What I'm about to say just means that the following has really worked for me and my style of GMing.

That disclaimer out of the way, I'm consistently getting more accomplished with my D&D group using 5th edition in two hours than I could usually get done in four hours in 3.5 or Pathfinder.

For me, if I want to run a level based kitchen sink fantasy game, this system works much better for me, and lets me present information and encounters the way I want to, and resolve them in a satisfactory manner, and I'm pretty happy with the game.
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This has been my experience as well (from the player side), after going through a couple of long campaigns of Pathfinder over the years and subsequently a 5E campaign more recently. Things just move along more quickly. Old-school D&D also has this advantage. Not to say one is better than the other, they are just vastly different beasts and cater to different needs. 
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I broke down and picked up one of the Disney Infinity Boba Fett figures, since the clearance on these at Wal Mart is $4.88 at the moment. Hope I can pick a few more up before they all disappear.

But, hey, this is a picture of Boba Fett . . . and I have to say, I actually like Boba Fett. I know people tend to be stratified on Jango's son, and people that are fans tend to be huge fans. I'm not really quite that way.

I remember first seeing Boba Fett as a mail in action figure with the Kenner line back in the ancient days. I loved how the character looked. I know there are people that say that's the only reason people liked him, and that's a strong component.

But what I liked about Fett was that what we knew about him was implied. Fett was one of the bounty hunters that Vader contacted. On top of that, Fett had some implied story where he apparently disintegrated someone or something. He smarted off to Vader, multiple times, in the movie where Vader was Force choking people left and right.

I never really liked Dark Empire, where we learned that, in the EU, Fett survived the Sarlacc Pit. For people complaining about the Force Awakens being a rehash of A New Hope, I always felt that Dark Empire was "the original trilogy, but x10!"

What I did like was the Boba Fett comics that Dark Horse put out in the 90s. Fett barely talked, and when he did, he was a smart ass. Fett " was a not "nice badass hunting really scummy people across the galaxy. Fett, to me, was never an anti-hero. He was a cool bad guy, but he was for hire, so he wasn't a mastermind or a villain on his own. But he certainly wasn't a hero.

Fett as an anti-hero, having his own family, and becoming the Mandalore, all while Mandalorians are increasingly becoming the most awesome guys in the history of the galaxy, never really appealed to me. In retrospect, Fett didn't need to survive the Sarlacc Pit to be a bad ass. Even his silly, slapstick death really didn't diminish what I liked about the character.

When we found out that Fett was the son of the man who was used as the template for the Clone army, I wasn't overly thrilled. I felt that Lucas was being way too literal, taking the prototype for the Stormtrooper armor as being the literal prototype for the clones.

However, a strange thing happened the longer the Clone Wars animated series went on. I kind of started to like grumpy teen Boba Fett, who had an entourage of bounty hunters around him before he should even be able to drive.

I'd be perfectly happy if in the "new canon" Fett never survived the Sarlacc Pit. I'd be thrilled if he never became a reluctant hero, or the leader of the Mandalorian people. But I would love more stories where laconic, smart-ass Fett completes a contract on a piece of filth somewhere on the fringes of the galaxy.
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Sometimes, when your players so completely tear through an encounter that looked tough at the outset, they can't help but start feeling like maybe they ARE the bad guys . . . a little.

The party was hired by two groups of people to take out a band of orcs, and after they eliminated the leader and his sub-boss, the encounter turned into a slaughter.

At that point they found out that the group was scouting the area because they were looking for a city that would be open minded enough to let them enter so that they could legitimately hire mercenaries for their war against the dwarves, since a legitimate chartered group of mercenaries would make them look much more like a nation protecting its boundaries and not interlopers that just happened to be living in a old dwarf stronghold for the last 120 years.

I don't like going so far as to make orcs the "secret" good guys, but shades of grey once in a while? Shades of grey are nice.
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LoL, nice.
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+Eric Quigley, not the best picture, but here is the back cover.
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Thanks man!

Nathan is an awesome guy to work for. He knows at least a little about everything and is really helpful as an art director and secondary set of eyes.
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Followed up my Suns of Fortune review with one that could contrast more directly, Lords of Nal Hutta.
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https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2016/9/16/a-step-above-scum/

I'm wondering, given that Fantasy Flight likes to get the most bang for their buck for the artwork they have produced, if this is a sign that we might be getting some Mandalorian specific information in the RPGs.

Now that Rebels has given us a little better idea of what the Mandalorians are doing during the run up to the Battle of Yavin, and they should be showing up again in Season 3 of Rebels, there is even some "canon" material to hang their hat on.
Preview the Heroes of Jabba’s Realm
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My D&D group just did a dangerous job for the Harpers to pay for them getting resurrected, then had tea with a Red Wizard and casually dropped the same information they gathered for the Harpers to the Red Wizard.

Sometimes I love how screwed up my players are.
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In between wedding chaos and the absolute awesomeness that was Hawaii, and mainly on various torturous airplane flights, I finished my cover to cover read of Lords of Nal Hutta and Gods of the Fall, so I should be posting reviews of those books up to my blog once I've slept and become lucid again.

In between finishing those, I started skimming the Bundle of Holding for Mutants and Masterminds that I swore I wasn't going to get, and after looking through the Cosmic Handbook, the Emerald City guides, and the Supernatural Handbook, I kind of want to run a Mutants and Masterminds game again in the future. Sigh.
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Nine steps the clutz took as a dwarf, 'ere he fell. Would you know more?
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If you are looking for me, then you have found the right Jared.  If not, I apologize for the confusion.  And for the  fact that there might be someone similar enough to be mistaken for me.
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