Mayfair's City State of the Invincible Overlord...

Where players gather to discuss the setting and game!
Post Reply
User avatar
moriarty777
Renegade Mage
Posts: 3735
Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Montreal, Canada

Mayfair's City State of the Invincible Overlord...

Post by moriarty777 »

Despite many people crapping all over it and others who warned me away from it...

I picked it up very recently. I got it very inexpensively with the box and contents in pretty much mint shape. Looking through it my thoughts are not leading to it being anywhere as bad as others have led me to believe.

Ok... I do have ONE issue with it and that is the multiple box-set approach that Mayfair took. I'm not a fan of the whole state on an large island (or extremely tiny continent) approach but, it's probably very easy to transplant now isn't it?

Now I haven't given up on trying to dig up the original City State but this is one of the more costly and sought after Judges Guild items... I also refuse to pick up Necromancer Games version at the price I've been seeing it for... $50+ is a bit much IMO. (PS -- If someone has this book by Necromancer and is willing to part for it at a reasonable price pls feel free to PM me).

So... this brings me back to Mayfair's box set... contents, and its vision of the City State... (with the main box set anyway)

What are your thoughts? What do you like about it? What suggestions might you have regarding it as a viable replacement to the 'classic' City State? Do any of you use it, have used it, or would consider using it in the future?

M
_________________
"You face Death itself in the form of... 1d4 Tarrasques!"

Partner to Brave Halfling Publishing
http://www.arcanacreations.com
Image

Treebore
Mogrl
Posts: 20660
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Arizona and St Louis

Post by Treebore »

Taken by itself the Mayfair boxed set is very nice. Its when you want to fit it in with the rest of the "canon" that it breaks down. If your not worried about canon, which I rarely care about Canon, then its a nicely done product.

I know the CSIO book is expensive, but it is loaded with adventure. I'll look around and see if I can find you a cheap place, even with shipping to Canada.
_________________
The Ruby Lord, Earl of the Society

Next Con I am attending: http://www.neoncon.com/

My House Rules: http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... llordgames
Since its 20,000 I suggest "Captain Nemo" as his title. Beyond the obvious connection, he is one who sails on his own terms and ignores those he doesn't agree with...confident in his journey and goals.
Sounds obvious to me! -Gm Michael

Grand Knight Commander of the Society.

Treebore
Mogrl
Posts: 20660
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Arizona and St Louis

Post by Treebore »

Another thing I should say about the Mayfair version, it is missing a LOT, maybe even a TON, of flavor elements and details that the original had, and that the NEcromancer version did a very good job of not only keeping, but even doing a bit of expanding upon.

I think a good comparison is think of a module done by WOTC, one of their "average" ones. Now think of James' work.

Mayfair=the average WOTC module, the old JG=James work.

The Necromancer CSIO is very close to James work.
_________________
The Ruby Lord, Earl of the Society

Next Con I am attending: http://www.neoncon.com/

My House Rules: http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... llordgames
Since its 20,000 I suggest "Captain Nemo" as his title. Beyond the obvious connection, he is one who sails on his own terms and ignores those he doesn't agree with...confident in his journey and goals.
Sounds obvious to me! -Gm Michael

Grand Knight Commander of the Society.

User avatar
moriarty777
Renegade Mage
Posts: 3735
Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Montreal, Canada

Post by moriarty777 »

Treebore wrote:
Taken by itself the Mayfair boxed set is very nice. Its when you want to fit it in with the rest of the "canon" that it breaks down. If your not worried about canon, which I rarely care about Canon, then its a nicely done product.

I know the CSIO book is expensive, but it is loaded with adventure. I'll look around and see if I can find you a cheap place, even with shipping to Canada.

Thanks Treebore... that would be awesome. I'm more interested in Necromancer Games treatment of the City State now since I've been delving into and seeing the job they did with the Wilderlands Box Set. It's simply AWESOME.

I'm going to pop into one of my FLGS's which is having a sale clearing out some stuff -- it's where I got the Wilderlands set about a week ago for $35. Who knows, maybe I'll be lucky again!

M
_________________
"You face Death itself in the form of... 1d4 Tarrasques!"

Partner to Brave Halfling Publishing
http://www.arcanacreations.com
Image

User avatar
moriarty777
Renegade Mage
Posts: 3735
Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Montreal, Canada

Post by moriarty777 »

Treebore wrote:
Another thing I should say about the Mayfair version, it is missing a LOT, maybe even a TON, of flavor elements and details that the original had, and that the NEcromancer version did a very good job of not only keeping, but even doing a bit of expanding upon.

I think a good comparison is think of a module done by WOTC, one of their "average" ones. Now think of James' work.

Mayfair=the average WOTC module, the old JG=James work.

The Necromancer CSIO is very close to James work.

I can appreciate that comparison... though I haven't seen the Necromancer treatment of it, if the treatment is anything like the box set... well 'nuff said!
EDIT - And with that... I've hit my 2000th post! WOHOO!

M
_________________
"You face Death itself in the form of... 1d4 Tarrasques!"

Partner to Brave Halfling Publishing
http://www.arcanacreations.com
Image

Post Reply