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M20 Gods & Monsters
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Akaki K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/13/2019 03:38:39

It's okay.

Book is interesting, but not outstanding. To me, book splits into two part - human characters 17-77pg (why are these in book called Gods and Monster I'll never know), and actual gods and monsters. The human part of the book is garbage. Aiming to please the current guardians of social fashion, a book supposedly about Traditions drives SJW meter over 9000. Why is such a theme central in Gods and Monsters fantasy book I'll never know. I paid to see see Gods and Monsters, not page upon page of short bio's.

The monster part is incomparably better, the creators finally diverged from the standard European variety that is already famous enough. Still feel the book missed a lot for greater censorship and lack of space (due staffing half of it with bio's). But still, this part of the book is pretty good, especially if you're not into reading side material on myth and folklore.

My greatest beef is with the art. The art has lost cartoony, glossy feeling of the M20, but went in different direction with illustrations that look like unedited drawings. Yeah, it's in color but most of the painitngs are just not high quality and lack details. though, there are some hidden gems like 196 or 167 (loved it). In understand the want to give it a gloomy, serious look. But if you want to show a charcater, please do so - half formed blob is not enough.



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Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Akaki K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/18/2016 03:45:43

To begin with it's a...meh. The book is huge, inclusive and slightly updated to modern paradigm. I did sorta like it, there are all sorts of interesting bits that have been underdeveloped or omitted from the previous editions. However, it also has a host of problems that makes it just a next mage dust-off. To begin with, the book is still in 90ies. Written with opinions and language that remind past millenia. For an example, tazer bullets are mentioned as technocractic ammunition, when they are really just sold online, just as already working Life printers. paradigm and focus systems aren't well developed. Neither is the influence of modern media and science. On the other hand, it's inflated with repeated unnecessary information that contributes nothing but takes space. To add to frustration whole sections that would be facinating to read are missing under the excuse of 'not enough space'. The fiction bits are mostly horrible and problems that it mostly tries to raise and bring into spotlight of 'mage' attention are mostly irrelavant, uninteresting or misinterpreted. Every problem of the world is basically blamed on the devil. It's also amusing how book treats the reader with the mitten gloves, avoiding the topics and themes that could be considered gritty or insult mainstream sensibilities. Same with crossovers, Beast had dealt with that issue far better. Also, it introduces systems to handicap mages vs other supernaturals. Like giving them near innate ability to countermagic and quite a few other hacks. As for diversity, any mages outside the mainland America are mentioned at best with information that is neither relevant, nor well organised. Just enough to leave you mentally salivating. To top it off, for a book that should concentrait on diversity and creativity illustrations are horrible. It's either an overcised mage tarot card, or a trendy 20 something with tattoos. exceptions are rare and far between.



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Werewolf: the Forsaken 2nd Edition
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Akaki K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/06/2015 02:16:21

the only advantage this book has over the first edition are streamlined rules. There is less art and crossover info is practically eliminated. Game is also made more 'friendly' by eliminating edgy topics and pumping up the garou. There is also a sort of a meta line given with the idigam, which were made in the ultimate monsters. Basically, this far I prefer the first edition.



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