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Blades in the Dark
Publisher: One Seven
by Karl M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/21/2017 14:58:09

My new favorite RPG. Best thing since Apocalypse World. This is still what I would consider a Rules Light system although there are more rules here than AW but they do such a wonderful job structuring the play and laying down more "track" than the players can run down so it's always leaving you wanting more. The One More Turn idea so lovingly a part of Civilization video games is here so strongly you can taste it.

The system is a limited dice pool with lots of fun options.

The world is crisp and lively with lots of options and room for what ever your group would like to add. It's light enough detailed to give you an idea for yourself but not enough detail to tie you down to pages and pages of lore.

This system looks to be a new standard model, John should have coined a system with this when he published it deserves it.



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Uncharted Worlds
Publisher: Sean Gomes
by Karl M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/14/2015 00:56:56

"This game feels like we're play testing it" - My GM

This is a PbtA game where they take out a lot of the PbtA feeling and charm and then even some of the tools for the GM IE fronts, and replace it with what feels like unfinished organizational systems; debt (no moves based on debt for the GM) and Factions (no faction types or moves for the GM). These GM tools are just there and are not integrated into the rest of the game much at all.

Very few moves lead to "hard choices" as defined by the moves themselves. In fact most of the moves for the players are not even moves at all in the traditional PbtA sense but rather things you can do in certain specific situations with out rolling.

Not being aware of the kickstarter it brings me some unhappiness that it sounds like "supplements" that were stretch goals that could possibly finish up some of these rules problems I am having (not sure if they would or not) and it feels like I purchased an incomplete game. Especially "sitting on my self" of other PbtA games.

The front cover has a blerb which sold me on buying the game, it's about how the game is a back and forth between you racking up debts and being forced to go explorer new worlds but few of the rules actually support this back and forth for both the player and the GM. In retrospect I would pass on this one.



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