Hi Harley! This is Michael - I played Carls'agan, the weenie Elf astrologer who had barely a jaw left when that large "thing" decided to mount me on his popscicle stick and toss me about. What an awesome death! I had tons of fun.
I've been constructing my review and thoughts - should I post them in this thread or start a new one? Or is there an established thread for playtest feedback?
Here are the highlights from my blog post, which someone else kindly linked to from above:
- This game feels like a Hackmaster type deal, or a Runequest deal where you are dicing and dicing and adding and dicing ... it's either going to entertain you greatly or throw you off with all the fiddly-bits you can muster.
- A good DM can make any system rock depending on how well he/she rolls with it, understands it and highlights the good parts while minimizing the bad parts. This is going to be very true with this game with all the options. A DM is gonna have to know their sh*t to make this flow as well as Harley did.
- Presentation of all that information is going to be tricky for newbies. It's got the potential to be a very dense game with the many rolls being made and some of the fiddly bits. Centralize/simplify or relying on the DM perhaps, but I really hope Goodman Games gets it figured out well. The spell sheets alone were pretty dense with options, dicing on success/failure (with more dicing for saves, effects and duration.) The character sheet has a ton of options and modifiers. They will need to bring newbies in with some sort of Jump-on-in option to get the hang of it.
Someone wanted a pic of my charsheet... here ya go.. (Click to embiggen)
... and here's a picture of THE BOOT that became famous! (Click to embiggen)