This book provides rules for a fantasy Unisystem game, several Deadworlds settings , and a short adventure. Presentation The book is pages and is black and white throughout. The art is rather good with no particularly cringe-worthy pieces. I have to say that the archetypes are especially good, with bonus points for the Eastern Dead archetypes.
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This book provides rules for a fantasy Unisystem game, several Deadworlds settings , and a short adventure. Presentation The book is pages and is black and white throughout.
The art is rather good with no particularly cringe-worthy pieces. I have to say that the archetypes are especially good, with bonus points for the Eastern Dead archetypes. The layout also maintains the quality. The font is easy to read black-on-white with sidebars either using black-on-light gray or white-on-black. The maps in the adventure are nothing to write home about, but are very functional. Style Rating 5 Excellent art and easy to read.
We start with two new characters types, Adept Hero and Talented Hero. The Adept Hero is intended to cover all those eldritch character types. The Talented Hero covers everything else from fighter to thief. Both are rather powerful as befits a fantasy game about equal with a Survivor with a focus on quality points over skills. This is followed by a sidebar explaining how to tone down the lethality of the system.
Next comes the part I was looking forward to, a large selection of new qualities. Three major types of qualities introduced are racial, profession and spellcasting qualities.
Racial qualities are obviously used to assign your character a particular race. A stronger race just costs more points, none of the races are handicapped in the name of balance. The races normally provide an attribute bonus, a skill bonus, some powers and some drawbacks.
The professional qualities replace the classes of other systems. The sidebar also hides the Mystic Entertainer profession. These profession packages resemble the racial qualities in their content bonuses, powers, drawbacks, etc. Then there is a group of qualities that are needed for the magic system like Essence Channeling.
There are also some miscellaneous qualities and drawbacks. Finally we have Powers which are qualities that can be bought by nonhumans and zombies. Overall, the qualities are very useful for a fantasy game. After that comes the description of some new skills. Nothing too unusual here but the Science Alchemy does give a good barebones magic potion brewing system.
Then we get a whole load of combat rules, starting with shield use. Shields were a big hole in Unisystem that is filled here. They are slightly complex but they cover it in a way often overlooked by other games. In other games, the shield is sometimes lumped in with, and just becomes, more armor.
However, the shield rules here involve their own skill and even include the ability to actually have your shield broken by a strong attack. In the end I think I like the shield system, it gives the shield a flavor that is lost in others games.
This provides a quick and functional system for mounted combat and points you to Army of Darkness for a more complex system. I feel these rules are good enough for me, but your mileage may vary if you enjoy detailed mounted battles. Functionally fighting mounted gives some bonuses and some drawbacks and is then resolved like combat on foot.
Next comes an economy overview covering both barter and coin. This includes a short chart of coin prices for common items. This section is useful because it gives an easy conversion for dollars to gold and because the suggestion of a barter system could make for an interesting game.
Wealth collection becomes more than a means to an end and becomes a central function in the game. Now we get to a big point of the chapter, Metaphysics. You get both Lesser Invocations typical mage-type spells and Necromancy. The magic system is a skilled based mana point Essence system and includes 30 invocations under 14 skills and 4 necromantic powers of 5 levels each.
I was very glad to see that Necromancy was expanded to include both the creation and control of zombies. How can you call yourself a Necromancer without undead legions? Now a big weakness here is it is suggested you can come up with your own invocations but there is no guidance on how do this.
Even a short set of guidelines to aid in giving spells Essence costs would have been very useful. However, all your fantasy standards from fireballs to illusions are covered by the pre-existing invocations.
Magic item creation is covered next. The item creation section is rather short but covers everything from enhanced weapons and armor to charged items.
The item creation ties directly into the magic, you put spells into items. You do not get lists of abilities and costs here. Finally, the chapter ends with advice on creating a setting and more archetypes. This is a nice section that provides a lot of questions that if you can answer, your world will be better for. However, I would have preferred this section be cut in place of some spell creation guidelines.
These are all nice archetypes that I could see being used in play. I was glad the section did not fall into the trap of showing how flexible the system could be by putting out a weird archetype like a Minotaur Paladin-Samurai or Gnome Ninja-Necromancer. In summary we already have what we came for, a complete Unisystem fantasy rule system with magic and fantasy races.
The general plot is several outside gods have decided to make the world their battleground. This has the unintended consequences of having the dead rise. It starts with a short history and cosmology. You also get the Saurian racial quality. The high point of this setting is a detailed pantheon of gods and infernals.
A game run in this campaign would probably involve a lot of conflict based on religion with a large dash of pulpy goodness. A dark lord has risen to threaten humans, dwarves and sidhe. Only a powerful artifact, that has just resurfaced, can counter him. Two more zombie types, werewolves and both Dragon and Dracozombie stats are included.
Interestingly a racial quality for the Sidhe is given. These are Tolkienequse elves in the style of the Noldor but with more of a Wood Elf tilt. It seems to me where the last setting had a more developed cosmology, this setting gives you more detail on the world itself. The high point of this setting is a more detailed world to play in and a strong villain that gives a definite adversary. Morgan and Modred have seized the grail and have raised an undead legion. The zombies for this setting are Arthurian zombies and Knights of the Dead Table be afraid.
You are even given stats for the Holy Grail in this section. Unlike the other settings a rather straightforward campaign arc is laid out for you. A sidebar details more powerful blessed swords, including Excalibur.
The two archetypes are Knight Errant a personal favorite and Young Druid. The high point of this setting is the fact you have a campaign laid out for you. Included in this section are three professions Ninja, Samurai, and Sohei Monk , a Kitsune fox shapeshifter race and a Chi metaphysics system though the book points to Enter the Zombie for a fuller treatment.
Also you get another zombie type and four Oni type stats. The highpoint of this setting is the illustration of a non-Western fantasy using Dungeon and Zombies. Also you get ninjas, you can not forget the ninjas. Monsters in this section include another zombie type you getting the theme yet? The high point here is a good short adventure to get people introduced to the system and a decent amount of stats for some stock dungeon monsters.
Settings Conclusion The settings are all nice additions that show how to use the system well. There is also a lot of extra stuff enemies, qualities, and archetypes hidden away in the settings. Even if you have no interest in any of the settings they are worth a read just for illustration of how the system lends itself to different flavors of the fantasy genre. Substance Rating 5 This was a close call between a 4 and 5.
As far as AFMBE supplements go, this now ties for first place, in my opinion, along side Enter the Zombie in fact those two books together could make a mean Eastern fantasy. Further Information A web enhancement is available on the Eden Studios site.
All Flesh Must Be Eaten
All Links open in new windows! The latter gives you everything you need to run a really ass-kicking science fiction game, be it cyberpunk, space opera, or "hard" sci-fi. All Flesh can be used as a generic Unisystem fantasy game. Stop at your local game store and flip through it, preferably with one of their great genre books for the game on hand as well.
AFMBE DUNGEONS AND ZOMBIES PDF
Daniel marked it as to-read Nov 15, Swords, Sorcery, and Shambling! Share your thoughts with other customers. It would have been far better to follow the example set by AFMBE and keep the dead world sections short. Retrieved 27 September The Revised Edition also includes an appendix detailing conversions to the d20 System.
Review of Dungeons and Zombies
Lists with This Book. All Flesh Must Be Eaten is a game that combines elements of horror zimbies are walking dead in this world, and they feed on humans with survival characters have the rely on their skills and abilities to live through the night and conflict the characters may know the truth; what are they going to do about it? There is not a complete equipment list for medieval settings included. They crave living flesh! A world where the dead have come back from their graves. If you are a seller zombles this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Robert Warren rated it it was amazing Dec 03, Then the space saved could have been used for a complete equipment list, a fantasy bestiary and more magic spells.