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Wickedness
by Peter D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/06/2021 16:39:14

This game book was so much fun to read! I love the way the the first third of the game is building the characters and setting through storytelling. The alternative settings that are included give a different flavor and the variety of card outcomes produce interesting and fun stories every time.



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Wanderhome
by Paul D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/27/2021 17:41:15

What an absolute delight.

From start to finish you can feel the sense of community and friendship the author intended for us. A refreshing change from the slew of dungeon crawling monster bashers, gothic scifi and angst filled horror. Jay Dragon provides us with the building blocks to tell our stories in a world full of curious rabbits and messenger moths and wily foxes and dragonfly knights and informative geckos and giant beetle caravans.

A wonderfully written book that encourages those of us who engage with it to use our imaginations! Imagine that? I mean so many RPG's tether you to a limited number of choices and feel so restrictive. Not here. Be what you want. It's your character, explore them together with the friends you make on your journey.

The book is lovingly illustrated throughout and you can tell that a great deal of work from everyone involved has made Wanderhome what it is. I sometimes feel publishers bulk out their products with a tonne of extra art or way too much pointless waffle. None of that here. Full page art breaks up chapters and sub chapters. Everything flows real nice into the next part of building the world you're all going to explore together. Oh and the book has actually been proofed which puts to shame plenty of so called fancy pants publishers of more well known IP.

I'd avoid if you're a crunch lover or a min maxer, Wanderhome is about as rules lite as you're ever going to get in a book and can be played without a traditional GM. But if you're actually interested in character development rather than numbers on a page, check it out. I defy anyone to read this book cover to cover and not smile at something at least once. I want to know who the mysterious stranger is and how he came to have one white eye. But then he could be a they or a she or a god or a daemon or whatever you choose, it's your game afterall.

So, to the author and to everyone involved I say thanks for investing yourselves into producing this game; for me it's the best ttrpg I've bought in over 35 years of gaming (I must own over a hundred). There should be a sixth star on here. Brilliant!



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Wanderhome
by Chazz K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/05/2021 06:28:05

"I have to deliver this hand-knit wollen sweater personally because it absolutely cannot be trusted to the moths [who usually deliver the mail]". This was one of the resolutions I made creating my first Wanderhome character, Cornilius the robin moth-tender, responsible for delivering the post and maintaining the moth-towers. Everyone aroudn the table delighted at the sentimenet and each of their characters also had tidbits inspired by the options presented in their playbooks.

A lot of people have compared Wanderhome to Redwall, and I think that comparison is right, but missing flavor. It's the parts of Redwall full of feasts and friends. THe conflicts are remembered, but not here today.

To me, the playbooks are the heart of Wanderhome and the options they present are a masterwork of implied narrative storytelling. Who is the King of the Floating Mountain and what's the deal with the magnolia rebellion? Each option tells you enough about the world to be inspiring while leaving room for imagination and shared storytelling. As a writer, I know this is often the goal in writing for RPGs, but it's a hard mark to hit. Wanderhome hits that mark repeatedly and consistently with every attempt.

The one drawback is that in an electronic format, we spend a lot of time flipping between the traits and natures as we embodied the world of the Haeth becuase we didn't have share physical materials to hold up the aspects of the world we were representing. Ultimately what that meant is our session ended up being more freeform, using the natures more metaphorically and the traits of kith as roleplaying inspiration. I'll be interested to see how it plays in a shared space once we can all get together again.

Wanderhome is a game that makes me happy.



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Wanderhome
by Seamus C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/21/2021 08:14:10

"If you’ve ever claimed ‘character development’ is something you like about RPGs, then you should probably try Wanderhome. It is, arguably, distilled character development." - Aaron Marks

Read the full CHG review here: https://cannibalhalflinggaming.com/2021/04/21/wanderhome-review



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