Detractors will say this book isn't that great; it's too dark, the hopefulness of Changeling: The Dreaming isn't honored here, it's mired in horror anDetractors will say this book isn't that great; it's too dark, the hopefulness of Changeling: The Dreaming isn't honored here, it's mired in horror and degradation. Many claiming the title of abuse survivor says this is an insult to what they've been through.
All I can say is: Grow up.
Changeling: The Lost is a masterwork; people who simply say 'this is a victim' game doesn't look at the whole. They barely even skim the surface. No one sees how retaking one's life is a POSITIVE and EMPOWERING thing -- how the metaphor of enslavement and abuse and the retaking of one's life is a HOPEFUL thing, but one that also educates the unknowing to the dangers of the world. If Dreaming -- which is a game I loved (and have thousands of dollars in out of print books of!) -- is about youthful vigor and hope, The Lost is about the change that comes when we must realize that some old dreams must be put aside, so that new dreams may thrive. They gloss over the finer points to paint the game with a broad brush of horror and woe. The point has been missed.
We have to grow up -- yes, it will hurt. Yes, it will change us, and we may never go home again... but that doesn't mean that we will not learn to do more then survive, but THRIVE elsewhere.
Thankfully, from it being White Wolf's #1 seller for nearly a year, I'd have to say the majority of the world 'gets it'. To those who still cling to victimhood (as if you're the only one who has ever been hurt) or wave their 'this book hurts me because it's just not hopeful enough' -- go back to your sugarfloss Dreaming, and I'll happily get Lost.
The writing is excellent. The legends portrayed sometimes miss, but the system, the fiction, and the fluff all deliver. This should be on your gaming shelf. Yes. Even yours....more