The subtitle: "Rules for Ape Fantasy Combat and Adventure," does little to convey what this booklet really is: a direct appropriation of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, right down to the ape-species social order of Orangutans being the elder statesmen/administrators, Chimps being the middle class and Gorillas the military/labor class. Of course, humans are below the apes and are regarded as non-sentient to be treated as chattel (and often used as subjects in experiments). There are two special classes of humans: mutants and astronauts - but more on that later.
What strikes me most about this game is the brevity of the whole thing. The text claims the game is "designed to be learned in one evening," and I believe it. This is the best example of clear and succinct writing in RPGs I've seen in a while. Of course, it helps that the POTA universe cannot be addressed directly (for obvious copyright/legal reasons) and so the text does not deal with specific characters or situations, but it does a great job of describing the milieu.
Post by DungeonDevil on Nov 5, 2016 1:21:22 GMT -6
I recently bought the novel (that book was hard to get my hands on!), and have yet to read it (too busy with RL junk and hassles). I very strongly suspect that the screenwriter "lifted" more concepts from the A.C. Clarke novel The City and the Stars, than from the LR novel, for whatever inexplicable reason.