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True20 Adventure Roleplaying, Revised Edition
Publisher: Green Ronin Publishing
by Hamilton R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/18/2010 05:54:17

True20 is Green Ronin's answer to the D20 game system, using the M&M model of mechanics resolution. (Huh?) In other words, it is a simple and fun game to play any genre you like, from fantasy to space opera, using a modified D20 rule-set.

I like this game; I didn't think I would, but I really do. Normally, I don't rate things based on passion - I rate based on value vs. cost. However, I think it is important to state that I REALLY HATE D20, but! I really LIKE this game book and it's system.

For the value, it is a good deal at 10.00. It is sad that it seems that Green Ronin has (maybe) abandoned True20; I only recently discovered it (2010). If I had known that this was out there, I would have played it and recommended it more.

  • Note: while the layout of the book is OK, you should know that the artwork inside is only Black and White. I think this is why it has fizzled: people compared the Layout to D20 modern and thought "True20 looks like D20 on the cover, but there's no color on the inside." I don't think True20 got a good chance because of this one design flaw. I would like to see True 20 with a similar cover and some color art on the inside -- even if they had to cut the number of pages with color printing in half!

I like the Three Class system, the simplified lists, and the modified D20 resolution mechanics. I like the fact that the attributes are modifier only; I like the freedom True20 gives concerning gaining levels, purchasing equipment, and creating characters. I don't have lawyers and doctors for my players; I only have people who like to play games. Who do you want to find to play your games: rocket scientists or fun, simple people?

Less is more in just about everything; True20 is no exception.

An excellent system that was never given a chance; a grande substitute for any D20 product.

  • Green Ronin, read the above and learn from your past; bring this product back, better than ever, and I know I will buy my copy once I see it online or in the store.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
True20 Adventure Roleplaying, Revised Edition
Publisher: Green Ronin Publishing
by Naomi B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/24/2009 19:35:55

I like the simplicity of the rules in this version. The only problem I had was that the scoring for abilities isn't really explained well. They tell you to convert to d20 for an idea of how to gauge the different levels of say strength, etc. If I didn't already have that core book then I would have been really annoyed.

LIKED: the simplicity with only 3 roles and suggestions on how to play them in different scenes from fantasy, future, horror or modern.

DISLIKED: it isn't a stand alone core book. There is no grading of the different levels of ability which could have been done as a sidebar. You can go up to 5 as a level 1 character but it doesn't say if that makes you superman or an olympic weightlifter. I would also like to have seen more non fighting skills in the general list.

Overall I liked the ideas in this book but I'm going to have to use d20 to flesh them out a bit.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
True20 Adventure Roleplaying, Revised Edition
Publisher: Green Ronin Publishing
by Curt M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/27/2009 22:42:58

Kudos to Green Ronin for the price reduction on this the best of OGL core books. I already had the print copy, but couldn't resist the pdf for $10. Though the role books, especially the Adept's Handbook, add depth to the system; honestly, an experienced gm could tool his or her game with whatever he or she desires using just this pdf and conversion from freely available OGL sources, like the 3.5, Modern and Mecha SRDs alone [conversion guidelines included]. But don't let that stop you from exploring the great 3rd party material available for this system. I gravitated to True20 recently too because of the good quality of fan-produced material available. Give it a shot!

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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