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Forbidden Kingdoms - Paris: The Spectral City Babbage Edition
Publisher: Super Genius Games
by Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/27/2011 00:52:59

In an inexcusable oversight, I managed to run a 4 month FATE game using this setting and book without posting a review. Spoiler alert, if I start a review with "I ran a months-long campaign with this book", I'm going to give it high marks.

Victorian-era roleplaying has fascinated gamers for years. The values and points of view of 19th century heroes and adventurers are interesting to us, and many of our modern genres such as science fiction and weird fantasy have their roots in the time period. Yet many Victorian games never get beyond the confines of England. ("Why ya think we call it Victorian, Jason? Sheesh!") As a long-time Francophile, I found myself fascinated from the start by Forbidden Kingdoms' choice to focus instead on Paris.

It's a Paris that has been inextricably shaped by a mysterious shroud of supernatural darkness that has covered the city and coaxed ghosts into visibility and even, at times, solidity. The cosmopolitan City of Lights has become more cosmopolitan as spiritualists, pilgrims and scientists have flocked to Paris from all over the world, and of course, it has become a literal City of Lights as illumination beneath the dark skies has become a 24-hour a day proposition.

Along with the intrigues and adventures of 1889 Paris, then, comes the strangeness and the supernatural, and a vivid, memorable setting for pulp adventure is born, with catacombs, and opium dens, and cafe society, and the cathedral of Notre Dame, the Seine winding through it all...I can barely even bring myself to describe what a delight this book is on every page.

I wish I could give this my highest score. I really do, I even clicked on the 5-star button twice while writing this. But in the end, technical problems mar the presentation. It's simply a scan of a book. You are basically getting PDF pictures of each page. It's a good scan, but that's all it is. You can't even copy and paste text - normally such a dealbreaker for me I wouldn't consider putting it in a Featured Review. That should tell you how much I adore the text itself, the ideas and atmosphere presented in this most unique of settings, it's so good that I even set aside my firmest, most objective principles to give this work a high rating.

Just paging through it makes me want to go back to that game and dust it off again. Alas, many have moved on. Perhaps, like Proust, one evening when sitting down to game I will smell a Dorito and be transported back to the memory of times past...



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Forbidden Kingdoms - Paris: The Spectral City Babbage Edition
Publisher: Super Genius Games
by Angus M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/19/2004 00:00:00

Okay, let me just say this straight up -- this is a FUN supplement! Even though I am not running a game currently using the Forbidden Kingdoms system, this city guide has given me literally dozens of ideas for games as far flung as Castle Falkenstein and Arcana Unearthed; heck, I could pull material out of here to spice up Ars Magica! There are so many clever characters, background stories, and just bits of fluff (like how one is supposed to truly appreciate absinthe and why the Eiffel Tower could be significant in a host of different settings) that I think I will get more mileage out of this than any other single city supplement I have ever picked up.

Bravo!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thanks for the great review Angus!
Forbidden Kingdoms - Paris: The Spectral City Babbage Edition
Publisher: Super Genius Games
by Dave A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/07/2004 00:00:00

I would have liked to have seen the GM's Codex for Forbidden Kingdoms come out before the Paris sourcebook, but still, there is a lot of great material in here and beefs up the mystical content of the core game as well as provide a in-depth setting for adventures.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Forbidden Kingdoms - Paris: The Spectral City Babbage Edition
Publisher: Super Genius Games
by Lowell F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/21/2003 00:00:00

WOW. I can't comment on the d20 mechanics here but this is a lovely book, with tons of interesting ideas. I'm really pleased that I picked this up.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
"It would have been nice to have a quick list of how many prints of type X or Y are needed to assemble the overview map." That's a great idea, Sean. Thanks for that! I'll have a word with the developers and see if we can't do that for future products. And thanks for the positive comments. I'm glad you liked the tiles. Happy gaming, -M- Martin, Talisman Studios Publisher
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