Blue Rose is intended as a system to represent the "Romantic Fantasy" genre, which Green Ronin defines as various novels with authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradly, Tanya Huff, Dian Duane, and others, marked by strong female protagonists, often with psychic powers, and a nature-friendly outlook.
The book has a setting revolving around this style of play, and a system to support it. The system is a stripped down version of the d20 system (no d20 logo, hence they are free to provide basic chargen details.) It reduces the class set to three classes, uses a background system to add further details. The spell and magic system are skill-and-feat based. The 3-18 statistic range of classic d20 is replaced by simply a stat modifier for each stat.
The setting does not feature the standard Lord of the Rings inspired races, but a new set of races.<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: The system. It's a good adaptation, much truer to the ideal of a "simplified d20" than C&C.
I love both Stephanie Law's and Jennifer Meyers' artwork, and the whole book is simply beautiful.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: I thik they went just a little too far in cutting corners on classes; it leaves you too little flexibility with skills as your character advances.
Other than the races, the background of the Aldis setting is pretty typical of a d20 fantasy setting. On first blush, the nations and cultures of the setting seemed a bit uncomfortably like charactures of modern social issues.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>