i love everything FFG touches when it comes to L5R... the gameplay, art style, organization of material. Homerun. Been playing this system in campaign for 2 years now since the beginner box, and more does not come out fast enough!!
The expanded Gebb intro is great! It does a great job introducing the basic premise and characers; the concept and setting sketches of the base are a really fun addition. I always love to see the full, pulled back view of settings we normally only get glimpses of during the story.
To provide a bit of context, I'm someone who has never played an adventure in the Scarred Lands setting. I've read a trilogy of novels and have some of the materials for D&D, but haven't "lived" in the world with my own player character. I appreciate that this book is approachable to a reader who isn't deeply steeped in the lore. It focuses on only a handful of locations, and fleshes them out sufficiently for me to get a good sense of what makes each unique.
This book is an interesting contrast to the other trilogy that I read. The characters, while still fantasy characters, are much more down-to-earth. The story is more personal, rather than epic in scope. It goes a long way to showing that the setting is capable of telling different types of stories within various sub-genres.
I found the book to be an entertaining read. It touches on some dark themes, particularly around warfare, so be aware of that if you're sensitive to descriptions of violence. By the end, I was quite curiou...
It's a well written, if somewhat short, story with a nice crunch bonus. Mostly it's a reminder how much I want a second Jimmy Kincaid Novel. If you haven't read "Shaken - No Job Too Small", go do it now!
This is a really great resource. Rather than a how-to manual, just a collection of essays by authors with very different perspectives. There are many points I can take from here in my gaming (I GM a fantasy game in a custom setting) and the nature of the works means each time I read an essay again I get some new insight.
Really enjoyed this novel.
The novel depicts really good the every-day life of a nexus district. Also the enjoyable thing is that the protagonist is depicted as a character that tries to solve her problems without resorting to violence or claiming the spot light. Something that is highly appropriate for a Night caste. The descriptions are colorful and you can immerse yourself well into the setting.
Only the ending seems a little bit hurried and leaves you wondering about the motivations of the antagonist....
This is a novel about a girl named Palym who is exalted as Sidereal Exalted. She is thrown into the celstial politics and has not only to cope with her changes but also has to uncover a plot against her and her circle mates.
I found this novel lacking. The plot is quite contrived and the motivations seem not so well thought-out. The protagonist is rescued from great danger because a Sidereal does sacrifice herself and that is all the reason you get why the protagonist is put through a boot-camp in order to become the successor in said same circle. Why does the Sidereal sacrifice herself for the unknown protagonist? Why does the protagonist have to fill the ranks in the circle?
Another example: The circle revisits locations throughout creation in order to track items that may have been planted there by the unknown villain in order to investigate. But the investigation is reduced to traveling there finding the object and observiing the mayham that was caused. No questions are asked a...
I've been fortunate enough to chat at length with a couple of these artists at RPG-related conventions, and I thought the book treats professional visual artists with well-deserved respect.
While it unfortunately doesn't cover every single artist to have ever had illustrations in a Mage rulebook, it does cover more artists than I was expecting. The text doesn't drop any lurid gossip, and it has the length and tone of informative art museum entries as you walk from exhibit to exhibit.
(and I don't mean to poke fun, but considering how many artists artistically place their own hard-to-decipher initials in their work, it IS nice to finally see their names clearly-spelled, front-and-center, surrounded by instant visual reminders of, "Oooo! I didn't know she did THAT one too!") ...
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 12/03/2019 18:27:06
Darkened Streets is a collection of short stories by eight different authors. The book contains stories featuring characters from most of the various world of darkness lines. The majority of the stories are entertaining and well worth the read. We especially liked "Both Way Bob and the Dead Dead End" and "Takers" two of the stories that are in the collection.
We recommend this book to any fan of World of Darkness fiction. Not only do does this book provide 8 stories that are entertaining but also provide us with examples of the writing styles of 8 authors. We know we are going to go and check out the work of quite a few of the authors....