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Dark Albion: The Rose War
Publisher: DOM Publishing
by A customer [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/22/2017 07:09:59

History and fantasy come together in this book in a way which I wasn't sure I'd particularly like when I first saw it. Now that I have read the book I can say that I do indeed like the combination of real and fantasy world, and think it makes for a game setting which feels real and important to players, but also doesn't "straight jacket" them as some players feel a purely historical setting does.

I bought this book in soft-cover. Print and bind quality is very nice. I have given this book a "perfect score" because it really fills me with enthusiasm for gaming even just to flick through it. There are a few typos and editing issues which I sorely wish had been picked up, but I have never seen a book composed largely out of public domain artwork which manages to come together in such an appealing fashion. The layout feels OSR without being in any sense derivative or a knock-off of old TSR products from the early 80s - that is fairly unique. I'd describe the feel of the book as "high-end hobbyist". It feels like a labour of love, and that's a good thing!

I found myself strangely intrigued by the rules system hinted at in Appendix P, incidentally.



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Chivalry & Sorcery, Essence (d20) Edition
Publisher: Brittannia Game Designs Ltd
by A customer [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/22/2017 07:01:57

Chivalry & Sorcery Essence is an elegant, simplified version of the Chivalry & Sorcery game. It has everything you need to run realistic-feeling medieval fantasy at a personal level with a system which is just "crunchy" enough to appeal to me without being overwhelming. I'd love to see this approach expanded to include similarly elegant mass combat and land-holding rules - then it would really feel "complete" as a C&S ruleset.

I bought it in both print and PDF. My only criticism is that some of the art is slightly low resolution in the print version, but given the low price and the quality of the rules themselves, I couldn't bring myself to take a star off for this. Other than in the print version of the character sheet, I don't find it distracting, and I am not going to use the print version of the character sheet anyway (I'll print my own character sheets - who actually photocopies these from rulebooks anymore?).



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Gamers Helping Haiti $20 Donation with Coupon
Publisher: OneBookShelf, Inc.
by Andrew M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/29/2010 03:33:52

This is tremendous value, kudos to DTRPG and all the publishers for getting together for a good cause like this. Yes, one file would be better to download than hundreds, but at the same time, I think some of the reviews are a bit harsh. This is fantastic value anyway you look at it, and it's for the victims of a terrible natural disaster.



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King Arthur Pendragon: 5th Edition
Publisher: Chaosium
by Andrew M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/23/2010 16:14:11

King Arthur Pendragon is a roleplaying game set in Arthurian Britain. The game's vision of Arthurian Britain influenced by literature from Dark Ages legend through to modern interpretations, but the literature of the high Middle Ages is most influential. The game system is built for this version of Arthurian Britain, with the players all playing knights. Perhaps because of this focus, the game system is as close to perfect for the setting and narrative style of the game as I have ever found in any roleplaying game.

The core of the game has been almost unchanged through its various editions - if you purchase Pendragon 1st Edition you'll see how little the core mechanics have changed throughout the editions. The key difference between 5th edition and 4th edition is that 5th edition is more strongly focussed on the players playing knights, and that 5th edition is strongly coupled with "The Great Pendragon Campaign", which the Gamesmaster can use to guide the player knights through the entire Arthurian legend, from Arthur's conception through to the Battle of Camlann. The feel of 5th edition is therefore a lot more true to the literature and game designer's original intention than 4th edition. If, however, your group wants to play magicians, then 4th edition may be a better purchase as it includes magic rules. Both books will be equally compatible with the various supplements - you'll just have to work harder with 4th edition to play "The Great Pendragon Campaign".



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