- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Exile Game Studio (January 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1424342309
- ISBN-13: 978-1424342303
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secrets of the Surface World (Hollow Earth Expedition; EGS1003) Hardcover – January 14, 2008
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Hollow Earth Expedition is in my opinion the best RPG treatment yet of pulp style. It is a fast, streamlined system called Ubiquity (also used in the post-apocalyptic fantasy Desolation (Ubiquity System, GMD1000)) that encourages as much action as can possibly be packed into a single gaming session. But not everyone wants to run a game about drilling into the Earth's Core. This book expands on the first, and allows GMs and players who may not be as interested in playing in the default setting to use HEX's mechanics to play any sort of pulp game, from Indiana Jones to gangster tales.
Sections include: Psychic Powers, Vehicles, Mad Science Gizmos, a Gazeteer of the pulp world of 193-, and an expanded weapons selection, among others.
All the content is of a consistent high standard, and as with all Exile Game Studio products, the art is phenomenal.
I was slightly disappointed by the mad science rules, but then, I've yet to see any that really wow me. These are of the standard "take an existing object, add point-based features, add a few drawbacks" manner. It works fine, I'd just someday like to see something brilliantly elegant. The rest of the rules seem balanced and well thought out.
The gazeteer section is likewise informative and has plenty of possible adventure hooks. This book, once again, is meant as more of a generic pulp system, so I missed some of the sense of wonder from the strongly integrated setting of the core book. Still, it is useful and serves its purpose well.
All in all, if you loved the core book, I'd highly suggest picking this one up, and if you're looking for a good generic pulp system, this book plus the core can't be beat.