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BLASTER: Volume 1
by Jamis B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/21/2022 11:05:28

I feel a bit of a curmudgeon writing this, given the other glowing reviews, but I figured my perspective may help some others.

First, I absolutely agree that the publication is beautifully done. Great layout, great illustrations. It's really something, and I'm sure the physical magazine would be wonderful to hold (I only got the PDF).

That said, I agonized for several days over the price before purchasing. All I'm really interested in is the Gaslands content (I don't own the other games, and am not likely to purchase them anytime soon---I just don't have the time to spread myself that thin right now). And $20 for new Gaslands content... I figured it might be worth it? Depending on what it was and how much content there was. Nothing really said what to expect, though...

As I said, I agonized, but finally pressed the button and got the PDF.

The Gaslands content is a total of 13 fairly sparse pages (of 82, including cover, front and back material). The errata noted at https://gaslands.com/martian-racing-federation/ has not been incorporated into the PDF (which is a bit frustrating---it's a digital product, please keep it up to date!), and there are several typos that I'm surprised were missed. I feel like a lot of effort was spent on the layout and visual design, and not as much on the editing. At $0.25/page for this PDF, I guess I expected better.

I also feel like the Gaslands content in this volume is a bit difficult to make sense of; it mentions "G-tokens" and "G-force tokens" without ever explicitly saying they're the same thing, and "G-lock tokens", which are NOT the same thing. The instructions are given as more of a glossary of terms. It repeats itself in odd ways, as if multiple drafts were combined without subsequent vetting. A sample play-through would have been very helpful to make the gameplay clearer, and to show where and how it differs from the base game.

So, yeah. I kind of regret the purchase. If you own the other games, you may find greater value from the publication than I did. Otherwise, maybe not.



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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BLASTER: Volume 1
by cory j. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/23/2021 09:25:36

Blaster magazine is quickly becoming a mecca for indie wargaming. Absolutely outstanding production values and clearly a labour of love for the authors.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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BLASTER: Volume 1
by A customer [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/17/2021 13:33:28

This mag is awesome. Totally fun. Chock full of fun games. SO WORTH IT!!!!!!!!



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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BLASTER: Volume 1
by Andy S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/25/2020 14:47:18

I'm really impressed with the quality of the book (softcover version). The artwork, presentation and content are superb. If you own and play all of these games, this is amazing value for money. Even if you only play 1 or 2 of them, the additional material provided (in particular for Last Days) is really strong.

I only play 2 of these games but reading this has prompted me to consider one of the others (I won't say which or I'd have the creators of the remaining games sending me hate mail!).

Really excited to see the next volume and where the imaginations of these guys takes us next.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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BLASTER: Volume 1
by Andres V. C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/24/2020 11:14:05

Great way to get a glimpse on every author's minds, and good value to the games here presented. Even if you only play one of the games, you have a stand alone option with the Mars racing and has valuable stuff that you can adapt to games not presented here. If you don't play some of the games here presented... you'll be tempted. Graphics and layout are attractive and helpful and I'm looking forward to the next installment. My only criticism has to do a little with my expectations... no cyborg cowboys inside, only the cover, so it felt a little disconnected. I would love to get a printer friendly version too, love the full color pages and black borders on the pages, but they won't print OK at my home printer and I usually prefer to read on paper without having to wait 4+ weeks for a PoD version delivered to my country.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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