Jun. 13th, 2008

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So, I play RPGs, obviously. I also buy and/or read a lot more of them than I necessarily intend to play. Despite having no immediate plans to play them, I've got Everyway on my shelf, and Unknown Armies, and Continuum and supplements, and Kult, and Amber (which I do play, kinda) and supplements (which I know I'll never use) and Ars Magica, and probably more that I'm sure I'm forgetting. I've also ditched, over the years, a lot more than that-- all my 1e and 2e D&D, as well as supplements that I bought just for the concepts, and a boatload of GURPs stuff....

So buying 4e was sort of a given, even if I don't ever use it. Besides, it was nearly half off.

At the very least, I can review what's in it, so other gamer geeks will know if they should think about getting it, or not. I haven't finished it (because I lack the capacity to just sit down and read three hard cover books of game mechanics back to back) but I've read enough to get a sense of thing. I haven't made a final judgement on whether I really like it or not, either. There's some good, some enh, and some very bad. Writing this will probably help me settle my thoughts about things, too.

Review philosophy )

PHB: Characters, Preliminaries and Basics )

So at this point, I grade things as follows:

Character Stats: B- (Needs a hack to allow dramatic flaws, but it's an easy hack)
Character Races: C (Too much genre dependence over almost half the choices, some of which can't be fixed except by banning.)

Update: If you're new here, do me a favor and tell me if you think I should know you from somewhere.
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This is a continuing review section of the new 4e rules. There is a running score sheet at the end, and links to previous review sections, but the bulk is under the cut, to spare your flist view.

These are also kept unlocked.

PHB: Characters, General Differentiation and Advancement )

So at this point, I grade things as follows:

  • Character Stats: B- (Needs a hack to allow dramatic flaws, but it's an easy hack)
  • Character Races: C (Too much genre dependence over almost half the choices, some of which can't be fixed except by banning.)

  • Class Fairness: A- (I feel like I'm giving this against my will)
  • Class Simplicity: B (Too simple, in some respects. I'll flesh that out more in the next reviews, as it includes feats and skills)
  • Class Aesthetics: C- (This balances out that A- grade, because the spellcasters, while fair, just seem flat)
  • Class Powers: C- (This would be higher, but the Encounter/Daily thing is broken for my style, and because I can't tell without playing whether these class powers are really meaningful on the battleground. Probably would have been a B- without that former.)


Other reviews:
PHB: Characters, Preliminaries and Basics

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