Review: SSDC – Battle Master Pack (Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century)


Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century: Battle Master Pack
Battle Master Pack is an accessory for the military sci-fi system Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century published by SSDC.
By Aaron T. Huss

Battle Master Pack is an accessory filled with quick reference hand-outs for Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century Battle Masters. Similar to a GMs Screen, this pack contains loads of tables useful for multiple game sessions. Unlike a GMs Screen, there are many pages of tables, as there are many tables throughout the various rulebooks and supplements.

Battle Master Pack contains a collection of the following tables: combat quick reference, medical quick reference, perception modifiers and examples, malfunction tables, quick reference overview, grid sheet for drawing maps, hex grid for stellar maps, and a NPC stat sheet. In addition, there are a couple pages of Battle Master tips concerning how to deal with mass incoming fire including quick damage tables.

OVERALL

Battle Master Pack is a great collection of tables from assorted rulebooks and supplements for quick and easy reference. Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century utilizes a lot of tables, a LOT of tables, and here is a collection of some of the most common. While many more are possible, at least this collects some of the most valuable.

RATINGS

Publication Quality: 7 out of 10
I’m on the fence a bit about the layout and formatting of the Battle Master Pack. There are lots of tables and they’re packed in tightly, but there is still a lot of white space and poor use of borders. Considering the purpose of this pack is to provide a group of quick reference sheets, the content should utilize as much of the space as possible without looking crowded. The tables are definitely not crowded, but I think they could have been laid out differently concerning the borders. I also feel there could have been more added considering how many tables are available. With that said, the tables that are provided are very easy to read, spaced well, and useful.

Mechanics: 10 out of 10
The only new mechanics here are the mass incoming fire ones, everything else is essentially being reprinted or reformatted. These mass incoming fire mechanics are excellent concerning the number of dice you could possibly be rolling with an automatic weapon. It is an interesting method of eliminating the time required to roll that many dice. It makes for quicker game-play and less tedious work.

Desire to Use: 7 out of 10
As is, Battle Master Pack is valuable for those wishing to consolidate the books they need on a regular basis. However, there is a lot of tables that could be added. While this may eliminate a lot of the frequent searching of books, I think Battle Masters will still have to do it considering the high amount of content that is missing but still frequently used. It makes a lot of the work of BMing quicker, but it needs to me more complete.

Overall: 8 out of 10
I recommend the Battle Master Pack for those looking to speed up their adventures and campaigns when using the contained tables. The mass incoming fire mechanics are a definite must for those using a lot of heavy fire. However, I don’t think it will completely eliminate the need to reference your core books from time to time.

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