The only problem I had with this set is the Schoolmarm. Any woman with skirts that short would be working in a brothel or saloon - not a schoolroom. There were regulations about the length of skirt and number of petticoats a female teacher had to wear and this picture is nowhere near that ruling. It's a pity that an otherwise lovely set was spoiled with one ill conceived drawing.
I loved this set. It has the variety needed to make a game more realistic. I could have done with more innocent bystanders but you can't have everything. The attention to detail is amazing. I would put Arion's people on the same level as Ki Ryn's backgrounds.
These pages come in both PDF and PowerPoint but I find that I can do all I want with just the PDF versions. They can be enlarged up to 300% for a good picture, laminated and set in a plastic stand. Not the suggested method but it works for me.
LIKED: It is the most versatile shaman that I could find. The different types of shaman and spirits available to contact means that the shaman could be urban or rural. I also liked that there is a bias against the primitiveness and unpredictable results of the shaman's abilities. I was looking for a non-paladin healer with Reiki abilities and I think this is perfect.
DISLIKED: Not much. I wouldn't have paid the original price but the discounted price is great.
I can't wait to work in a character who suddenly sees spirits, hears voices, totally untrained and in the middle of an adventure. With the only experts those same spirits and voices. Will he adjust or go mad?
I can't see how to make this work in a fantasy setting. A raw foodist who loses his abilities if he eats processed food? And that includes honey as it is processed by bees - an example given. What about if the water has to be spelled clean? Or goodberry? More than a day underground and the shaman will be useless to the group. And let's not forget the time needed to forage for food in a fantasy setting.
I had a few problems with this product, probably my own ignorance. I could manage the large world maps with the help of the instructions but everything else turned to custard. I couldn't get a small local map of a village or town to form properly and the spaceship was a disaster. There weren't any other instructions to help.
Obviously you need to be more techno savvy than me to work this.
I love the premise of fantasy roleplaying with a history of offworld interference and a sentient planet (or near on). Virtually anything goes and you can add or subtract technology/society levels depending on the type of game. There is enough detail that it can be used as is, or pick and mix for your own campaign.
I would have liked some colour or a key to the maps but that is my only gripe.