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d20 Apocalypse: A d20 Modern Supplement Paperback – June 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: d20 Modern Supplement
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; First Edition edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786932732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786932733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.2 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ERIC CAGLE's most recent credits are Star Wars® Ultimate Adversaries™, Star Wars Ultimate Alien Anthology™, and the D&D® Arms & Equipment Guide™. DARRIN DRADER co-authored Serpent Kingdoms™ and the Book of Exalted Deeds™. In addition, he frequently contributes articles to the D&D® website and his work has appeared in Dragon® Magazine.

OWEN K.C. STEPHENS most recently contributed to Star Wars Ultimate Adversaries, the Star Wars Rebellion Era Sourcebook™, the Star Wars Power of the Jedi Sourcebook™, and the Star Wars Arms & Equipment Guide™.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Edward Swing on August 24, 2005
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This supplement to d20 Modern provides a number of campaign options and rules additions to a post-apocalyptic campaign. The book gives several options for the cause of the apocalypse (nuclear, invasion, plague, final jodgement, etc.).

The book also includes four stages of the post-apocalypse: Aftermath, Generation 0, Dark Ages, New World. Each has a different feel to it, and GMs can use the the descriptions to refine their campaign. Types of post-apocalypse societies are described, and several examples are included.

Rules for scavenging in the ruins are a very useful section. Buildings are rated by size, damage level, and how long they've been abandoned. What can be found varies by building type - you're more likely to find food in a supermarket, and mechanical parts in a garage. Finally, the chance of a building collapsing on the searchers is also included.

The book contains a section on fantasic mutations, a la Gamma World. I have not read through the mutations in enough detail to know if the mutations in this book mesh well with those in the d20 Gamma World books from Sword & Sorcery. But I'm sure a talented GM can incorporate them together.

Finally, there are a number of monsters, three predesigned campaigns, prestige classes and equipment. The material is solid, though not exceptionally original. The equipment lists include a number of different items, enough that a good GM can figure out the Trade Unit cost of other items fairly easily.

There are a few holes. Despite the centaur on the front cover, and the nice illustration of bugbear scavengers on pg. 12, there is not much reference to the role of non-humans (from Urban Arcana and the like) in a post-apocalypse world. A few GMs I've known blend the post-apocalypse into technofantasy, and this is unfortunately missing.

Overall, I think this book is a useful addition to a GM's library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. McGaffin on July 24, 2005
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I must say that I was impressed with this supplement. It gives campaign ideas for playing in a campaign world after some sort of catastrophe(nuclear war, invasion,etc). It gives rules for bartering and scavenging, new classes, new skills, how old skills and classes relate to "new world." Could it have been better? Sure. It is only 96 pages long. It will be very helpful for the campaign I have in mind.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. Archer on October 24, 2005
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D20 modern takes on the post apocalyptic thing, again. The cool side of this is that, like all official d20 products I have seen so far, you are given options... Choose the nature of the apocalypse and have fun. Three possible apocalypses are detailed - judgement day/left behind stuff, "rise of the machines", and the typical post atomic holocaust stuff. On the down side, the actual rules are a bit skimpy, though it is refreshing to see someone try to approach the genre from a wide open perspective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Collins on September 9, 2008
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I really enjoyed this supplement. Like much of the d20 Modern rules and setting supplement, Apocalypse uses a fair amount of humor - both for presentation and within the actual content. The book offers two sets of things: new rules and options for playing a d20 Modern game in a post-apocalyptic setting; and several sample settings and apocalyptic events. The rules are adaptable to any setting you would want to create, and I think expand very nicely on some of my favorite aspects of the d20 Modern game. The philosophy of the whole ruleset is to provide a simple mechanic that effectively and elegantly emulates a real-world event, structure or process, without having to reenact every aspect of it. The basic rules do this best with the wealth system. The Apocalypse rules offer systems for barter and trade (assigning items a point value) that accounts for the end of the world (basic value is based upon food and fuel). Supplements to this system allow you to trade is collections of parts, which very effectively streamlines the repair and craft skills while successfully emulating a real world system. This system allows you to operate your game and gameworld without the rules getting in the way. A simple system can be expanded infinitely. On the whole, you don't need to waste time on seeking out the carburetor for a '67 Chevy, but you can make that quest if it becomes necessary, etc.
I won't take much time on the settings, because they are brief to begin with. However, I will just note that I really like them. I have not used them in my games but each provides a number of settings, classes, organizations, NPCs and monsters that can help you expand your game and inspire your own setting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott S. Baumann on August 6, 2010
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This supplement does a good job of providing all the info you would need to start creating a post apocalyptic setting, however it does not provide every single chart and table, so you definitely have to have the d20 future core rule book and probably the d20 modern core rule book as well. To be more specific, this supplement does a good job of telling you all of things you are going to need to think of before you begin your campaign (like figuring out what caused the apocalypse) and it gives a lot of advice and suggestion to help you answer those questions (like giving a list of around 10 different possible causes for an apocalypse), but it does not have everything you would need. For instance, it talks a lot obout nuclear weapons and radiation, but the actual rules for radiation are in the d20 future core rule book. Nevertheless it is worth buying if you want to run a post apocalyptic campaign. It dcoes have quite a few prestige classes and it provides a lot of information and charts on scrounging for supplies and how hard that should be.
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