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Sin Spawn

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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 6,735 posts (6,840 including aliases). 73 reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters. 16 aliases.

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D&D is back. Yeah, baby!

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Dungeons and Dragons comes surging back looking much more like the game I've always wanted.

This is D20 boiled down to the essentials with a smattering of the best rules from prior editions. It runs fast and doesn't introduce too much "processing overhead," letting the DM keep the focus on the story.

Concentration reigns in both complexity and caster power.

Raises the bar on art(most of it, anyway; see Cons) and graphic design.

Lightly armored, dex-focused melee is finally a viable option.

Plenty of race and class variety right out of the gate. All the important bases are covered. *cough* gnomes *cough*

The halfling art. It's just not good in a creepy, giant-head sort of way.

Zero PDF/eBook availability (at least at the time of this writing) is a MAJOR disappointment.

Price. $50 is a bit steep. The PHB should be subsidized a bit to lower barriers to entry. In my opinion, $40 would have been ideal (whereas the MM and DMG are fine at $50).


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If you're only buying on flip-mat, buy this one. Lots of blank real estate, accepts pretty much any pen, folds down to 8" x 10". What's not to love?

While it's true some of the older products in the line had a blank side, that practice has come to an end, meaning this is your best option if you just want a portable, erasable play space. I'd suggest getting two, as together they will allow you to map pretty much anything.


By the way, there is a run of these maps made of lighter-than-intended card stock. I have two that fit this description, and while they've held up OK, they're definitely not going to last as long as my other flip-mats. You can identify the "too thin" ones because the map is folded in a C, rather than a Z.

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Great game, mediocre Starter Set

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I have read the contents of the set and DM'ed a group through the first section of the adventure. I really like the way the new rules function, but I'm focusing this review on the contents of the Starter Set. There are four components:

  • The adventure (64 pages) -- It feels like the authors are going through the motions, right down to the plot hook (you're hired as a caravan guard). I appreciate that this is a Starter Set, but they could have been a little more creative without making the product any less accessible. I can't see myself using this once the Monster Manual and DMG are available.
  • The rule book (32 pages) -- The bare minimum of in-play rules is provided. There is no character generation. I wish they had simply included a printed copy of Basic. Instead, they provided a not-quite-subset of basic, which seems needlessly confusing. Even if it meant bumping the price, a perfect-bound Basic would have been something that remained useful once the PHB is available. As it is, this rule book simply doesn't have enough meat to warrant keeping around.
  • The dice -- A typical set of "swirly" blue polyhedral dice (though oddly there is only one D10...was it really worth saving $.25?)
  • The pregens -- These are the best part of the set. Nicely fleshed-out with just enough back-story, printed on high quality paper.

    Overall, I'd advise anyone who has any experience with RPGs at all to skip this, and just download the free Basic PDF instead.


    P.S.: Come on, guys...books need covers.

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    ****( ) execution.

    I love the design of this product, and I believe they went with a good mix of terrain types. Unfortunately, only the dungeon floor pattern is light/sparse enough to really show wet erase markers. Alas, if only the other textures were lighter and/or less busy, this would be a five-star product.


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    ...and the board ate my review.

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    One of these days, I'll learn not to edit reviews directly in my web browser. :P

    Short version: The story really gets rolling in this installment. Nice mix of challenges and varied solutions, all against a flavorful backdrop. Plenty of back story...which, for a change, the players may actually have a chance to learn.

    Great scenario, looking forward to part 3.

    Employs mythic.


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