Thursday, January 17, 2013
Well I purchased 4 products yesterday. XTRO Boondoggles, Objects Periphery, Objectives Clan, and the Revised Vehicle Annex. I was sorely disappointed :(
First, XTRO Boondoggles. I guess the name is appropriate! This entire XTRO is full of crap, and by crap I mean you'll never use any of that crap on your table, heck, many of which are labeled as ILLEGAL, so stupid. The artwork isn't very good either, well, the designs aren't, the art itself is SHUDA which we all know has done some great work. Anyway, we have mechs with equipment that doesn't work, a Champion and Scorpion LAM (ok, the latter isn't horrible). The Matar looks cool, obviously a predecessar to the Behemoth on the cover of TRO3057, and the design isn't too bad. Well, wouldn't be too bad if it was functional. We have hovercraft with secondary tracked motive systems (a 50 ton condor has 2.5 tons for track, and 2.5 for hover, so basically, tracked movement is no tonnage!). There is a Neptune with hydrofoils, though it has to pay tonnage for them. There are a few easy to forget support vehicles, the Banshee fighter from the Somerset Strikers. They did have an autonomous jumpship scout which was a neat idea, and the "Enterprise" which is a decent warship with a whopping 648 fighters. Right, the other plays will *kill* you if you bring this to the table. Of course, it can't move, so its really just a space station and its art sucks ass. They mention monitors, have a page on them, but no actual stats.
There are 2 new quirks. One is "nonfunctional" and is negative 5. So something doesn't work... hmmmm... lets make it life support for -5.
And then there is illegal. Seriously, ILLEGAL, as they do not follow the construction system. Not sure how anybody can ever make a unit designer with crap like this implemented. May as well just draw it up in excel and do it yourself, as software isn't designed to let you do everything. Oh, and illegal stuff also fails and breaks all the time, go figure.
So onto the 2 object books. If you've bought 1, you know what your getting. Nothing new or innovative. The clan book is ONLY the inner sphere clans. If you love these books, add them to your collection, but since they are missing critical info to me like production numbers, they are kinda just fluff only and not very useful.
And onto the Vehicle Annex. I was under the impression that there were going to be serious updates to the book and format of support vehicles. Honestly, I can't even notice a difference skimming it. I presume lots of the errors were fixed, as when I submitted errata long ago I was told they would be. If you have the money, and love using stuff in this books, go for it, but it is far from a necessary purchase. Not even any record sheetsh, sheesh.
Sure hope these products weren't great because they are spending all their time making IO great, but I'm not holding my breath!