Okay.... Let's get a little background in order first. I started this anthology May 25th of 2016 and have finished it January 31st 2017 .... shit. ThaOkay.... Let's get a little background in order first. I started this anthology May 25th of 2016 and have finished it January 31st 2017 .... shit. That's fairly unusual. I love horror short stories. Especially these, the World and Chronicle of Darkness fiction is usually always great. Not so much this time. I was really excited about Beast. Play a manifestation of humanities nightmares while steering the poor mortals to life enriching lessons through horror!? Sweet! Sadly a lot of times here it felt like that manifestation of humanities nightmares turned into teenage angst and enriching lessons turned into revenge for mommy issues. Na, just playing that was just the first short story about mommy issues.
I do want to give a special shout out to the first short story. The publication of a little girls revenge fantasy on her mommy, really a good way to grab your audience. I'm sure all the fourteen year old girls on drivethroughrpg buying this really related. I sure hope someday some fourteen year old girl reads this and goes "the fucks a drivethroughrpg?" and proves my point.
Now I know the target audience isn't directly "angry male nerds", but this whole reach to broaden the player pool and be super inclusive kinda just feels alienating. For example the tacked on use of Transgender pronouns such as "Zir" used in passing to define a one time used background character was just confusing. I stopped, reread the page and had to decided if it was a missed typo with S being a tick above Z on a standard keyboard or if I had missed a context clue. To my irritation it was neither, just politically correct pronouns for a character mentioned once. To me that's like writing the passage "I walked down the street and noticed a man I'd never see again which had zero relevance to anything. Oh, and he was black." Here's your virtue signaling participation award.
It was okay though. The last story knocks it out of the park with how I had thought this game line should be. Granted I would have written a big betrayal at the end instead of the everyone lived happily ever after, but it still (in my opinion) represented the subject matter far better and on a grander scope. But I think that's personal preference as I prefer my Chronicles of Darkness to be a little more on the world scale then neighborhood horror. I'm still looking forward to seeing what this game line becomes, but if your looking for a quick fix of horror and still wanna spend some cash on dtrpg may I suggest the god machine chronicle or songs of the sun and moon instead?...more
I've started my new years resolution early, tackling the new Star Wars expanded universe. Having read some of Marvel's (new)work in the Galactic CivilI've started my new years resolution early, tackling the new Star Wars expanded universe. Having read some of Marvel's (new)work in the Galactic Civil War era and really enjoyed it, getting into the "Journey to Force Awakens" stuff is exciting. This short story was quite fun. Assuming you enjoy Star Wars and pirates, this should be up your alley. I'd love to call this a novella, but the frequency of paragraph long chapters really over inflate the length of this eBook. I consumed this in its entirety in the bathroom after dinner. The Crimson Corsair is an interesting new addition to the Star Wars universe and the story connection to a Clone Wars story arc and characters really sell me on the work under Disney that the story group at Lucas will produce in the next million years. I hope to see more of the Crimson Coursair and his crew....more