Friday, 7 February 2020

Review - Alien RPG Game Mother's Screen

'A top quality, deluxe Game Mother's Screen in landscape format for the ALIEN roleplaying game. It features Martin Grip’s awesome art on the outside and a host of useful tables and important information on the inside while keeping the GM’s plans hidden from the eyes of inquisitive players.

Please note this is a physical-only product, there is no supporting PDF.'

This is a really handy GM screen that does help with the game. The landscape format is decent and doesn't intrude on the gaming table, and the artwork is fantastically atmospheric.

The tables are concise and helpful - there are tables for measuring time, sneak attacks and ambushes, stealth, a difficulty chart, a breakdown of slow and fast actions, the critical injuries table, the panic roll table, two range tables and a types of cover table. The game is covered in most areas realting to direct results on the game so it's handy having them to hand so that you can make a quick reference and get on with the game.

However, as functional and handy as it is, what you're getting for your money is just a three-panel foldable piece of card with charts on, with a little art on the player facing side. It would have been nice to have seen an adventure, a supplement or some kind of addition with the pack because it works perfectly as a GM screen but that's it. Some extra material - perhaps some simple encounter ideas or even a floorplan or deckplan of a location a GM could use - would have been nice.

It's an excellent product, but could have been more.

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