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10/17/2014 12:13 pm  #21


Re: AS&SH Reviews

joseph wrote:

SavageGM wrote:

I put this up on Youtube, hope its useful.

http://youtu.be/WCAEB6FYuiE

Nice review! Welcome to the boards!

 
Thanks! Glad to be here!

 

2/20/2015 8:22 pm  #22


 

2/21/2015 10:03 am  #23


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Enjoyed both YouTube reviews - thanks SavageGM and Rastus!

By the way, Rastus, I totally didn't expect your accent, heh.


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BORGO'S PLAYER: I shoot him in the face
 

2/21/2015 10:23 am  #24


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Chainsaw wrote:

Enjoyed both YouTube reviews - thanks SavageGM and Rastus!

By the way, Rastus, I totally didn't expect your accent, heh.

I know--*that's* a New York accent?! ;-)

 

2/21/2015 11:37 am  #25


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Rastus_Burne wrote:

Because I love AS&SH so much I've created a short overview video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAC65LRV-UQ
 

Nice review Rastus, thanks for sharing!


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2/21/2015 6:06 pm  #26


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Handy Haversack wrote:

Chainsaw wrote:

Enjoyed both YouTube reviews - thanks SavageGM and Rastus!

By the way, Rastus, I totally didn't expect your accent, heh.

I know--*that's* a New York accent?! ;-)

Hah, the New Zealand accent: kind of Australian but different.

 

9/14/2015 9:49 am  #27


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The Swords & Stitchery did a review of Beneath The Comet adventure here:
http://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.ca/2015/09/review-commentary-of-beneath-comet.html

 

9/14/2015 11:44 am  #28


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Aw, that was nice of him to say. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


"The fear of death, its risk each time, is one of the most stimulating parts of the game. It therefore behooves the referee to include as many mystifying and dangerous areas as is consistent with a reasonable chance for survival." - J. Eric Holmes
 

9/14/2015 3:07 pm  #29


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Hmmm.  It seems I never posted that review from TUO24, so here it is:

From The Unspeakable Oath #24 (July 2014), page 67.

==

Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea
Published by North Wind Adventures
Writt en by Jeffrey Talanian and illustrated by Ian Baggley
Reviewed by Bobb y Derie

It may be that no man save Randolph Carter
has ever known Kadath; but if Kickstarter were a
night-gaunt then the stream of pilgrims to the city
of the Elder Gods would be steady enough to find
the gates guarded by a Starbucks and a duty-free
shop. For the backers of North Wind Adventures,
the prize is “a Role-Playing Game of Swords, Sorcery,
and Weird Fantasy” unlike anything else on the
market. A retroclone by any other name, Astonishing
Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea is a throwback to
old-school roleplaying. It’s effectively a new edition
of the very first version of Dungeons & Dragons, but
with the fresh face that comes from electronic word
processing and the organization afforded by forty
years of hindsight. The box set, if you can afford it,
is a thing of austere and functional beauty. This is
what D&D might look like if the world had taken
a different path.

While some gamers might bask in the nostalgia
of actually rolling up a character instead of assigning
a pile of points, the real selling point for the game
is the Hyperborea Gazetteer. This default setting for
the game seems torn from the pages of Weird Tales,
combining aspects of Robert E. Howard’s Hyboria,
Clark Ashton Smith’s Hyperborea, Lovecraft Country,
and more obscure weird geographies, without
being identical to any of them. Players who venture
in these lands will encounter names familiar but
strange. Instead of sighting the peak of Mount
Voormithadreth from the rooftops of Commorium,
they might catch sight of Mount Vhuurmithadon
from the city-state of Khromarium, which is threatened
by the Keltic tribes of Kimmeria. The planets
in the sky include Saturn, called Kyranos by the
Xathoqquans, Poseidonos, and dark, mysterious
Yuggoth; and sorcerers and inhuman races worship
gods like Ythaqqa, Xathoqqua, and Kthulhu.

ASSH is either a complete success or a total failure.
In embracing the old D&D system so completely, it
has taken upon it all the strange, idiosyncratic flaws
of that system. The setting is a wild mishmash of
historical periods and names, where R’lyeh coexists
with Atlantis, Kelts with Vikings, Mi-Go and
vhuurmis with Men of Leng and snake-men. The
creations of A. Merrit and William Hope Hodgson
stand elbow-to-elbow with those of Smith, Howard,
and Lovecraft. If you want old-school swords-andsorcery
action in a setting of weird fantasy, I can’t
think of a single game on the market to compete
with it. Adventure books are also available.

Nine phobias.


==

Rating scale:

Reviewed items are rated on a
scale of one to ten phobias:
1-3: Not worth purchasing.
4-6: An average item
with notable flaws.
7-10: Degrees of excellence.

 

9/14/2015 6:33 pm  #30


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Couple thoughts on that review, thanks for posting grodog.

1. I really need to pick up a few issues of that zine to read.
2. It is nice/interesting to see a person from a different perspective do a review of material such as AS&SH. By different perspective I mean not already heavily engrossed in the 'OSR scene'. Coming instead from more of a perspective of a fan of the genre (and RPGs).


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11/21/2015 8:46 pm  #31


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Stuart Marshall typed a wonderful review of Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes at Dragonsfoot.


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11/22/2015 11:44 am  #32


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Stuart Marshall has also provided another fine review, this time of Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, by Joseph Salvador.


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11/22/2015 12:12 pm  #33


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Great! I posted my module pics in those threads too.


Blackadder23: Insanely long villain soliloquy, then "Your action?"
BORGO'S PLAYER: I shoot him in the face
 

12/29/2015 11:48 am  #34


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PapersAndPaychecks at K&KA wrote:

Best old school gaming product of the year is not an easy choice for me, but I believe I'll go with Beneath the Comet which I've yet to review for Dragonsfoot.

Sounds like he is fairly positive. I look forward to reading his review once he's finished.


Blackadder23: Insanely long villain soliloquy, then "Your action?"
BORGO'S PLAYER: I shoot him in the face
 

12/29/2015 1:52 pm  #35


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Maybe he was impressed by my quasi-British sense of humor. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

Last edited by Blackadder23 (12/29/2015 1:52 pm)


"The fear of death, its risk each time, is one of the most stimulating parts of the game. It therefore behooves the referee to include as many mystifying and dangerous areas as is consistent with a reasonable chance for survival." - J. Eric Holmes
 

12/30/2015 9:53 am  #36


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Blackadder23 wrote:

Maybe he was impressed by my quasi-British sense of humor. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

You're a wild and quasi guy!

 

3/25/2016 8:07 pm  #37


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By Crom, this video review makes me happy!



 


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3/26/2016 11:05 am  #38


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I see that I'm not the only one highlighting everything inside the book.

 

10/16/2016 7:55 am  #39


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Here's a few I just did, well the last one is half a review of AS&SH...

Why AS&SH? - https://youtu.be/E0QbKYOcWdk
Relax it's simpler than 1e - https://youtu.be/3x5vCnwysyA
What makes an RPG S&S? - https://youtu.be/mAWgpMjcoCM


Giant centipedes? Why did it have to be giant centipedes?
 

10/16/2016 8:06 am  #40


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Wow, thanks for your time and effort Ivan!


Blackadder23: Insanely long villain soliloquy, then "Your action?"
BORGO'S PLAYER: I shoot him in the face
 

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