Nova Eth tm, GPA member
ISBN 0-9656145-9-X , $24 US
Review by Lisa Goins, Dwarven Tavern Cyberzine
"Underlying Theme: the PC begins unable to survive even the most basic encounters. Those fortunate few who do manage to weasel their way through encounters then are rewarded with slow, demanding "level-making"; fixed and often immutable statistics which remain with them for the LIFE of their character. Progression is slow, tortuous, as they struggle to achieve the upper ranks of their chosen professions. Upon reaching this apex of power, ha!, you have very little to look forward to, no pot of gold."
This RPG is for those seeking challenge or ideas for the tortuous Creator (GM). The artwork, watermarked under the text, is dark in places making reading difficult for those who game by candlelight. (Have to save money for those gaming cons, you know.) However, the artwork found in the character sections is consistent good comic art with underlying influence tones of DC and Marvel as well as "Alice Cooper" in the necromancer art. Beyond that it gets redundant and looks like a lot of near influenced drawings of old D&D covers with even one piece looking like a redrawing of Conan's sitting on the throne. (Move #1). As for the text, it's indepth chacteristics make it a good reference book for those demanding seasoned gamers.
So when was the last time you played an absentminded, manic/depressive, kleptomania, snob, who has a obsessive/compulsive behavior over nightmares? And, no you can't play in GOD mode (perfect characters), so forget it.