This will be my final post of 2018 as I wanted to round off the year with some thanks and a quick look at one final product. I thought hard about whether to do a ‘product of the year’ but decided against it as there have been so many quality products from the likes of Gypsy Knights Games, Stellagama Publishing and Zozer Games, its bloody difficult to choose. Therefore I’d prefer that each product is measured on its respective merits as I’ve reviewed them (thats a cop out Steve…!)
First of all I’d like to thank the following people: Omer Golan-Joel at Stellagama Publishing, John Watts at Gypsy Knights Games, Paul Elliott at Zozer Games and Ian Stead at Moon Toad Publishing for very kindly sending me copies of their new releases and products to review. As much as I would like to, I don’t always get to review products straight away as real life or work very often gets in the way. However I make a list and make sure I try and write about every product I am sent. I would also like to thank all the people that work with the aforementioned publishers for helping to create such brilliant gaming tools, books and products that are so enjoyable to read.
For me, 2018 has meant a gradual move away writing about Classic Traveller in my ‘Fantasy Traveller’ series and start to base it more around the Cepheus Engine rules set. With the publication of ‘Cepheus Light’, I think this will make things at bit easier to write new articles for this series, but also to convert the old articles as well. The more books I see released using the Cepheus Engine rules set, the more convinced I am that this is the natural successor for Classic Traveller; time will tell and hopefully 2019 will continue with more supporting material for it.
The last item I want to take a quick look at is the hardback print book of the Clement Sector Core Setting; the rules set was released by Gypsy Knights Games some time ago but I wanted to see how the print book differed between first and second editions. The book is published through Drive Thru RPG’s print-on-demand service and is currently available for $49.99 (the softcover version is $29.99). The book arrived well-packaged in a sturdy corrugated cardboard cover and really does look gorgeous in its black edging and colour cover. Its also a tidy weight, coming in at 270 pages. The hardback cover is nice and thick, giving you a feeling of quality. The pages inside also feel good, the paper is bright white and doesn’t feel flimsy. Print quality is very good, GKG have used a mixture of monochrome and colour images to break up the text and the reproduction is very high quality, with the high resolution detail of the images retained.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the print quality of the Clement Sector Core Rules; its made me seriously consider purchasing some more books from the DTRPG print-on-demand service. PDFs are fine and portable, but there is something about having a physical book that is so satisfying.
My first post of 2019 will look at the stats, trends and a review of 2018, but in the meantime, I will be reviewing the following (In no particular order):-
Hostile (PDF and print book) by Zozer Games
Artificial: Robots in the Clement Sector by Gypsy Knights Games
Cepheus Light: Traits by Stellagama Publishing
Piracy and Privateering by Stellagama Publishing
Polixenes Class Courier by Moon Toad Publishing
I would also like to mention that the latest issue of ‘Freelance Traveller’ (issue 91) is out in time for the new year, for your reading pleasure. It can be downloaded by visiting the FT website here.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who has visited this blog, commented and favourited the posts. The feedback and site visits encourage me to continue writing! However you intend to spend the new year, I wish you, your family and friends a very happy new year and 2019!
My Vargr crewmate relaxing in the ship’s quarters. Think the handcomp is going to get pushed off the settee though.