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Deviant: The Renegades
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Maxime L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/11/2021 16:56:50

An excellent game for a wild variety of supernatural being not previously covered by the Chronicles of Darkness game. My only regret is that it doesn't include a more unified setting inside, but it's solid enough for people to build their own.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Deviant: The Renegades
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Ian L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/27/2021 11:20:18

This is the game I would have made if I were a good game designer. The themes are applicable to a wide variety of modern media. The mechanics have breadth and depth without being bogged down by countless exceptions and requirements to flip to other sections to look up how other rules work. You can make nearly any kind of character you could desire - even takes on the other game lines in the Chronicles of Darkness. I love the core book deeply, I can't wait for the Clades Companion and Devoted Companion, and I hope that we will get to see other supplements in the future. They will all be instant-buys for me.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Deviant: The Renegades
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Erlan P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/23/2021 01:43:14

The latest gameline for the Chornicles of Darkness is a very polished and well developed book. The highlights are the versatility of the power system. You can recreated almost any humanoid character from fiction. The Scar system keeps the game challenging and the feeling of horror and not another "super hero game". Redaction and writing is so good and clear. Even if you don't plan to play this game, Game Masters of other Chornicles of Darkness game will fine it usefull, as it includes polished and updated rules for many of the main mechanics.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Deviant: The Renegades
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Simon K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/02/2021 04:40:47

Deviant: The Renegades is a Chronicles of Darkness game about revenge - both achieving it and what it costs to achieve it. It’s about damaged, broken people reclaiming an element of their lives from those who took them, and taking on all others who want to control them. It’s also about belonging and isolation - the need for the former and the imposition of the latter.

The “Remade”, or “Broken”, are people who have suffered a massive life-changing event [to put it lightly]- their “Divergence”. Through some means they have been broken on a spiritual level and their very soul has been damaged. Sometimes by chance or environment, often this is the work of their Progenitor, the twisted instigator of their Divergence. Their Progenitor may have acted out of scientific curiosity, occult ritual, or they may have just had the twisted desire to alter a person. Even if their experiment is a success, to the Remade it is an inhumane act that has torn apart their life. After this experience, your characters cope with being isolated from others due to the changes wrought upon them and grapple with their deep-seated need for revenge upon those who stole their lives. It’s pretty intense.

The mechanics for Deviant will be familiar to anyone who’s played a Chronicles of Darkness game. I found the base rules well-presented and very clear. Deviant is a die pool system, where a number of d10s are rolled for each dot on the character sheet the player has in two (sometimes one) relevant characteristics. Anything 8 or higher counts as a success and on routine tasks only one success is needed. Situational modifiers, gear, and wounds all add or subtract dice to represent relative difficulty of a task.

When it comes to rules and tone, I’m a firm believer in the idea that the rules support the story and guide what story is intended to be told. If you have a robust social conflict mechanic but spartan physical combat one, then my assumption is you intend the game to be about intrigue, interpersonal relationships, and so on. If you say you want your game to be about a certain topic, or to promote a certain element, then I like it when there are mechanics to support that. Vampire wouldn’t be the same without The Beast and a Humanity score, for example. Deviant uses its mechanics to push home the revenge story narrative, with all its consequences.

Deviant: The Renegades is an exciting game. It’s a very cool entry into the Chronicles of Darkness series, covering horror ground previously untread. It has solid mechanics designed to support its particular narrative and a set of powers allowing players to create truly unique protagonists. It covers its themes and subjects responsibly and respectfully and I’m very eager to get this to the table and see what my players come up with.

Full review can be found below:

https://thetabletopalmanac.wordpress.com/2021/01/29/rpg-reviews-deviant-the-renegades-onyx-path-publishing/



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Deviant: The Renegades
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Zachery N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/29/2021 21:39:02

Deviant: The Renegades is my first experience with the Chronicles of Darkness line. For those unfamilar with the line, the game setting is very much a sand box and the line is new to CoD. I enjoyed the freedom it gave to make a character and working with my ST on the background than having a set lore from previous editions.

Deviants are characters who were once human, but through various means were turned into something else. They have powers, called variations, which can range from the mudane and unnoticeable to the horrific and brutal. Each variation comes with flaw, or scar, that is connected to it's use. The scars run the gamut from physical to mental to social and more. This gives the characters the ability to do almost anything, but at a cost them. You can do the thing, but is doing the thing worth the consequences?

I have had a lot of fun playing the game and would recommend it if you are looking for something new within the Chronicles of Darkness setting or just looking for something new to play in general.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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