Christopher W. Richeson (cwricheson) wrote,
Christopher W. Richeson

Return to regular updates - new reviews - new column - thoughts on current games.

Howdy to whoever still has me on their list. I'm not even sure Livejournal is the best place to hang my hat anymore, but after an enormous increase in work (I teach the LSAT in addition to working as an attorney) for a few months and my work as an ENnies judge I've not had a lot of time to do all the little online things I enjoy. The reviews have kept coming, though, so let me call attention to my most recent review and a review of a product that I really love.

Today RPGnet kindly posted my review of Victoriana 2nd Edition. My group had a great time with this game, largely due to the way the dice pool system worked. Difficulty actions are penalized with more dice to roll, which was oddly fun at the table especially since my group hadn't been playing a lot of dice pool games at the time. The book has some editing problems in that useful information is painfully spread out, especially with regard to character creation, but on the whole it's a fun addition for any group that enjoys the historical constraints of roleplaying in a Victorian setting with a dash of the fantastic thrown in.

A few weeks ago RPGnet posted my review of Mindjammer. I was already a fan of Starblazer Adventures, an absolutely fantastic implementation of FATE, but I was a little unsure of Mindjammer going in since it was marketed more as a setting book than anything else. I shouldn't have worried as this book is a fantastic addition to the line. It presents a human-dominated galaxy of highly advanced technology that manages to both stay true to the space opera feel of Starblazer while bringing in transhuman technologies and concepts to the mix. If you're a Starblazer fan and haven't picked this up yet then I highly recommend checking out my review to hear more.

I'm currently finishing up the Dresden Files RPG in its current print form. I've been running a Dresden Files campaign for most of the year and will be writing a detailed review of both books along with my play experiences. I'm a Dresden fan and have read every book, so my expectations have been appropriately high for this game.
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