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Which cover is your favourite?

Which cover is your favourite?

  • ACE #1: Introducing the Awfully Cheerful Engine!

    Votes: 3 12.5%
  • ACE #2: Spirits of Manhattan

    Votes: 8 33.3%
  • ACE #3: Montana Drones and the Raiders of the Cutty Sark

    Votes: 5 20.8%
  • ACE #4: Strange Science

    Votes: 5 20.8%
  • ACE #5: Beam Me Up

    Votes: 3 12.5%

  • Total voters
    24

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
These are the five covers of ACE issues #1-5. #1 is the core rules, #2+ are standalone adventures.

Which do you like best? And which adventure would you be most keen to play?

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Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
If I was going to test drive this is would either be to run Indiana Jones or Ghostbusters, no question.

I like the core cover the best though.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Covers, in the proper and only correct Order:

1. Strange Science
2. Introducing the Awfully Cheerful Engine!
3. Spirits of Manhattan
4. Montana Drones and the Raiders of the Cutty Sark
5. Having Jackson Pollack use his drip technique to make one of his paintings ... directly on my eyeballs.
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1,982. Beam Me Up


EDIT: Reasoning for this ... the most appealing one, immediately, is #4. It manages to evoke Stranger Things, E.T., and even (if unintentionally) a touch of Back to the Future. It perfectly captures not just an '80s zeitgeist, but also a future nostalgia by the 80s-via-Stranger Things refererent.

The core rules are also appealing- I get the immediate gist of genre mixup. It's effective!

After that, I immediately "got" #2. It's Ghostbusters. I like Ghostbusters- the original movie and the original TTRPG (WEST END GAMES IN THE HOUSE!).

The reason I place Montana Drones last among the "good" covers is because while the cover is good and evocative (I get it ...), it's also not great for a TTRPG. It makes me think that this is a game for a single protagonist, or solo play.

Beam Me Up is just ... not good. I assume, from the title, that it's Star Trek? But the cover itself tells me nothing at all. Is it ha ha Star Trek? Is it planetary exploration, or space battles? Can I do Douglas Adams style scifi? The cover itself doesn't do anything for me.
 
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#2 is the strongest cover for my money, it's clearly Ghostbusters but there's clearly more going on thanks to the Edgar Allen Poe, the crucifix/bible, more serious armour, and the modern ghostmobile and so on (I always like it when an RPG setting with obvious inspiration has more going on than the inspiration, esp. if it's easy to pare back as needed). So that's immediately "tell me more" and would be what would interest me and I think my group.

#1 is also strong, particularly as it has an armoured humanoid dinosaur with a gun. #3 just makes me laugh because of the goddamn Cutty Sark, but I imagine most readers won't know what that is, and Montana Drones is a bit too on the nose - though that it's about Indiana Jones is appealing. #4 conveys what its about well, no confuse, but is uninspiring in an era when similar art is quite common (c.f. Tales from the Loop etc.). #5 really destroyed by that logo in the bottom left, like I couldn't "get" what I was supposed to be seeing conceptually for a while there - take away the logo, and I think the vibe is TOS-era Star Trek, Forbidden Planet, and so on. With the logo, it just looks weird.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
#5 really destroyed by that logo in the bottom left, like I couldn't "get" what I was supposed to be seeing conceptually for a while there - take away the logo, and I think the vibe is TOS-era Star Trek, Forbidden Planet, and so on. With the logo, it just looks weird.
Logo in the bottom left? You mean the Federated League of Planets logo on the right?
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Spirits of Manhattan is certainly the most evocative cover, presenting a bold central image and enough background interest to draw one in to the theme.

The Introducing ACE cover is second as it also gives a strong splat image that indicates the bright, easy, multi-genre approach

Montana Drones has a strong central image and a clear reference to theme, but is a bit too simple and lacks further interest/easter eggs

Strange Science reminds me of a Goosebumps cover (so great if that was the intention), to me its a bit too cluttered and doesnt give a clear indication of theme

Beam Me Up is boring, I can see a planetary surface but without further probing dont know if its Barsoom, Flash Gordon, Lost in Space, The Martian, Star Wars or Star Trek.
 
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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Beam Me Up is boring, I can see a planetary surface but without further probing dont know if its Barsoom, Flash Gordon, Lost in Space, The Martian, Star Wars or Star Trek.
Does reading the title qualify as 'further probing'? :D
 


Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Does reading the title qualify as 'further probing'? :D
Lol, yeah that does help :)
But I’m imagining scanning along a shelf and seeing a whole lot of bright covers vying to capture my attention. The other covers would get me to take a closer look, whereas that book just has some coloured circles so it probably wouldnt
 


Bilharzia

Fish Priest
#2 - Spirits of Trademark Infringement is clearly the best image.

#1 is too busy, too much in there and/or the composition is messing it up.
#3 is too simple a rip-off which says "we have absolutely no imagination".
#4 says "your characters flee on bikes while the interesting stuff is happening somewhere else".
#5 is a background painting waiting for a subject to arrive.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
#1 tells me the system is designed to be flexible. That’s a strong selling point for me.

#2 & #4 evoke franchises and other fiction I’m at least nominally familiar with, and would be happy to play in.

#3 is another great franchise homage, but not one that appeals as much to me personally as a role player as the others.

#5 reminds me of several franchises, especially with the tip of the hat in the product’s name, but like @Bilharzia said, it’s a backdrop sans protagonists or antagonists. The other settings at least have an immanence of action. At the very least, it needs a robot or space ship.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Strange science, because I've been meaning to play a kids-on-bikes style game. Its one genre I haven't run yet, even with a number of recent game systems released in recent years that have that theme.
 

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