As the name implies d20 Future Tech is a new supplement for the d20 Modern RPG and the d20 Future Supplement. This book has all the goodies that sci-fi and high tech players will love...the gadgets, weapons, mecha, robots, and ships that you're just dying to get your hands on to outfit your characters. The book is broken down into six chapters dedicated to Personal Gear, Starships, Systems, Mecha, Robotics, and combat. The items in each chapter are presented in chronological eras of progress levels. For example, progress level 1 would be the Bronze/Iron Age, while our current age is progress level 5, the Information Age. These go all the way up to progress level 9.
Personal gear covers such things as weapons, ammunition and armor and includes things like gauss rifles and laser weapons, and at progress level 9, the deadly anti-matter launcher. The Starship section delves into the designing of starships and even space stations and the various weapons, armor, and engines that can be used. Various types and sizes of ships are included as well as all of the options that they can be outfitted with such as warp drives. The chapter on systems provides various types of gadgetry not associated with combat. These include systems such as retinal and genetic ID systems, Health and medical care, communications systems, and even gadgets for the home and kitchen.
The Chapter on Mecha will thrill players not only with the variety of Mecha types, armor and weaponry, but also with it's concise rules for combat, crew actions, training, damage effects, and more. There are even transforming mecha! The chapter on robots isn't just about robots but rather robots as heroes and PC's. Build the robot of your dreams with more options than the latest Mercedes. Seven sample bots are included to help get you started.
At 96 pages, d20 Future Tech can't quite be considered expansive, but everything in here is well written and well thought out and there's definitely enough to keep players busy in this new game system from Wizards of the Coast. Excellent art as always!
Reviewed by Tim Janson