Post by deadshadowrunner on Oct 27, 2019 5:39:06 GMT
This is really tough. I love most of the books, including the sci-fi ones. My books are buried deep within my bookshelves so I hope I remember some of the details right.
Moonrunner: I'll keep the list to one book per author or else Hand will just take up nearly the whole list. All three of his books are very close but for me Moonrunner edges it out. From the start when you are caught in the office and need to find a way to escape, the book never lets up once. It is chock full of exciting encounters and characters. While these set pieces are less fleshed out compared to his previous books due to how many there are, they still remain memorable. With great balance of Special Skills, this book has both excellent gameplay and writing.
Spectral Stalkers: I am a big fan of dimension hopping and Spectral Stalkers certainly delivers. The use of items in unexpected ways is great. There are some fun puzzles too such as the Logic Dog or negotiating the final encounter with Globus.
Appointment with FEAR: As a fan Marvel comics, this book hits all the right notes. It has a very distinct superhero feel to it and it always amazes me how Steve Jackson managed to capture this. The illustrations complement the book perfectly. The design of the book is also pure brilliance with the way the four true paths for each of the powers are weaved into each other. Probably one of the most complex designs in FF alongside Magehunter.
Trial of Champions: Trial of Champions over Deathtrap Dungeon? Am I mad? Hear me out on this one. Firstly I really enjoyed the opening slave trials part, especially the blindfold sandbox fight, and it also sets up your hatred for Lord Carnuss. That bald monk guy with a staff Trialmaster was pretty cool. Lord Carnuss' revenge plot against Sukumvit and your revenge against Carnuss gives this book a bit more of a plot and purpose than the original. Honestly I just like this one more and find myself revisiting it more often but I can't explain it.
Stormslayer: Have to give Jon Green some love. All of his later books are great, but Stormslayer is probably the one I've played the most. The gameplay is this is just so good. There's secret sections, enemies with special attacks based on die rolls, plenty of interesting items, and many more. I am also a sucker for elementals, don't ask me why.
1 You are in a dark corridor. You can go forwards (go to 2) or backwards (go to 3). 2 You walk forwards. After a while, you pause. Go to 1. 3 You turn around and walk forwards. After a while, you rest. When you finish resting, go to 1. 400 Eh? How did you get to this section? No matter, for the Deadshadowrunner has found you. The last things you see are a pair of sly eyes and a grinning mouth with sharp teeth floating in the darkness.