Fat Goblin Games Presents: Creating New Armors
This little pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
So, we have all probably been there, at least the GMs and designers among us – the point where you want to make a new armor. The system presented herein is simple – there are 3 base armor types and shields featured: First, you take the basics and base-price…and then you multiply the price by the DP – the design points. You can have armors or shields of horn or stone and then you determine the armor qualities.
The heavier the armor, the more often you can gain additional design points, a 0 DP quality. Adding boots, helmet and gauntlets is covered and modifies cost, but not DP; camouflages/muffled armor etc. and the different base types, like chain, can be added via DP to modify the basics of the respective armor, fleshing out the abstract proto-armors. Pretty amazing: Lamellar material, dependent on the base material, can be found. The book is also VERY useful in that an easy one-glance table codifies the DP for the respective qualities and to which type of armor they can be applied: Once glance, done. Two thumbs up!
Obviously, there need to be shield-only options as well – want a lightweight tower shield with a blinder? Sure, why not. Quickdraw, weapons and weapon slits…really neat! The pdf also presents two sample items created with the system. Oh, have I btw. mentioned that NOT using the points makes the armor/shield less expensive? Yep, rewards for not going feature-bloat! Cool!
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to a nice two-column, full-color standard. The pdf sports nice full-color art and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience – with nested bookmarks. Kudos for going the extra mile for the brief pdf!
Garrett Guillotte’s little system is amazing; for the low-price point, it provides a balanced, immediately useful design tool at the tip of your fingertips. Simple, elegant and fun, the system is easy to use, fun, inexpensive…in short, this pdf is awesome and more than worth the fair asking price. Can we have expansions for special materials, please? This is a fine purchase, well worth 5 stars + seal of approval.
You can get this amazing, humble and inexpensive pdf here on OBS!