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Airship Pirates is set in a post-apocalyptic where most people and technology have been pushed back to an alternate-history Victorian era level of culture and technology. Newsletter RSS Feed. Opening a book with flavor text is a gambit. Backgrounds are as close as Airship Pirates comes to character classes, though they are much less restrictive. I guess you could even use them as player characters if you are in a rush to get right to it.
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The art pieces, individually, were fine, but they were stylistically all over the place, and at least to me did not succeed at presenting a cohesive view of what the game world is like. The construction of the book seems very sound. In addition to creating your own character, you have to work with the other players to build your ship, make sure you have the necessary skills to actually fly it, and select the non-pirate schtick for the group.
They all govern what you might expect them to. Players can choose from Skyfolk, Neobedouins, and several varieties of Neovictorian. Note that there does not appear to be any effort to balance the different options. There are about 30 to choose from, although any particular culture choice will knock this down to around Characters get 30 points to spend on Skills and Talents, with bonus points available from taking Complications.
Talents provide some particular, generally unique, mechanical benefit to the character. Most cost 3 points, and there are about 50 to choose from. Complications give the character additional points — 5 for the first complication, another 3 for the second, and 2 for the third regardless of what Complication is chosen. They are often non-mechanical in nature some of them very non-mechanical — e. Each character gets one weapon and five other pieces of equipment from later in the book, plus the starting cash determined by Culture.
Players are to coordinate with each other to ensure that necessary skills are covered so that group is capable of navigating, fixing the ship, flying the ship, fighting a little, noticing things, etc. Each schtick has a list of what skills can be chosen. The character creation chapter also spends 18 pages on a sample crew of six character sheet, full-page illustration, sort-of-full-page description. Rolls of 6 grant potentially indefinite additional rolls that can increase the number of successes.
One success is all you need, although the number of successes can determine degree of success. Internal difficulties to the roll such as being injured apply penalties by reducing the number of normal dice rolled by the player.
A player gets a Foul Failure botch if the black dice roll more successes than the normal dice. If the player decides that all of this adds up to too many dice to roll, then three normal dice can be traded in for 1 automatic success.
As for the skills themselves, there are about 25 common skills and about 40 specialty skills and many of the specialty skills are skill groups. Common skills can be used untrained; specialties cannot when using Common skills, a player can also add one each of normal and black dice to the dice pool, to give a chance of success and at a chance of a botch. The rules for customizing airships are quite spectacular. Creating custom airships means that parties never have to run into the same dirigible twice.
It took about five minutes and the ship was exactly what I wanted. Ship to ship combat works enough like person to person combat that it is easy to pick up and run with. The Equipment chapter is pretty self-explanatory, but thoroughly enjoyable.
Any equipment list that includes Heliotropes and Difference Engines is a winner in my book. There is a certain verve to the items included that I find quite charming.
The setting is laid out in the next three chapters. While the scope is limited to North America, the breadth and depth of the content here is enormous.
While it is not labeled as GM only, I am of the mind that the players should know as little as possible. I can count on one hand the settings that are as evocative as this.
Then there is the GM section. The same thoughtfulness and care that has gone into the rest of the book carries on here. The GM material here is top-notch. Even better, it feels like the designers are taking you aside and telling how to recreate their vision on the tabletop. This sort of material being as good as it is does the setting of Airship Pirates quite a service. For a setting pieced together from songs and bits and pieces of lore, Airship Pirates feels quite rich.
Time Travel is the next chapter and it is a doozy. I love the idea of taking Pirates in a blimp and sending them to some random point in time. I might be strange, though. A Bestiary follows. At first glance, there is not much to look at.
I mean, there is an entry for Alligators and an entry for Giant Alligators. A little scrutiny reveals that mammoths and sabre-toothed cats have returned and there are strange giant condors called teratorns. While it might not be the Monster Manual , I suspect that was never the intention. The Tribulations of Scabby Jack is the included adventure for beginning parties and I think it serves its purpose quite well. Since the character creation system eschews that, things can kick off with a bang.
It is nice to see so much care given to an introductory adventure. Giving the artists who make this book so gorgeous to flip through in such a manner is quite nice. The remainder of the appendixes are equally keen, providing character sheets, though those are better printed from the Internet than scanned from here, maps, and a one page discography for Abney Park.
Once again, the authors have gone out of their way to make Airship Pirates a complete experience. It is a big, impressive, beautiful book. It is a vivid, fun, solid role playing game. It is also a challenge. If you are a fan of the band Abney Park, you have likely already purchased this. For those on the fence, I can only say that, as an outsider to their milieu, I cannot imagine this book being a more perfect representation of their world. If you are a steampunk fan looking for an RPG to run, this is a pretty good one.
If you are a fan of Victoriana or Dark Harvest , this is a fantastic alternative setting and sourcebook. More than anything, though, Airship Pirates is a labor of love.
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