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Spelldancer; Revised $7.99 $6.66
Publisher: Gethsemane Games
by Stephen Y. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/09/2016 13:05:10

Scan quality: very good. 172 Pages, 170 are the content. Like my own system, and quite a few other RPGs I've played over the past 30+ years, Spelldancer is a percentage system (which gives a wide range in skill talent, etc). Prime attributes: Strength, Size, Agility, Perception, Luck, Willpower.

Spelldancer has some interesting species, quite a number of anthropomorphic types (Aardvark, feline, canine, boar/hog, rat, horse, goat, lizard).

The Corporeal Spirits heading lists various types (Elf, Dwarf, Dryad, etc; but the one that caught my eye was the 'Boogie Man' (Goblin Zombie) - that made me giggle. The spirit takes over the Goblin husk. Worth reading that one (p119).

Humans: 8 phenotypes present on Elizium.

There is 2 pages of equipment with the weight of each item, but no cost? Am I missing something? Currency: each kingdom/area of Elizium has it's own brass/copper, silver, gold coinage. In some parts, it's illegal to own coins from another part of Elizium.

Also covers various diseases and illnesses. Curses are also included. Artwork: from various artists. Some very nice, others, OK.

After creating your character; you need to go to p155 to see how much money your character gets. There's also a list of recent events on Elizium.

You get a full, interesting RPG for less than £5 (you can't fault that). In comparison to Spelldancer; I purchased a well known RPG system last year (more than twice the cost of Spelldancer), that was a 'bare frame, with little covering, tiny bestiary', and nowhere near as 'full and detailed'.

The only 'niggles' I have are: No character sheet (but that has been nicely sorted out by Gethsemane), and the afore mentioned prices. Also, no index (a tiny niggle). After reading Spelldancer; I'm very temped with Pandora's Wake. Spelldancer verdict: It's on sale, an interesting read, it's worth getting.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thank you for your balanced review Stephen. In retrospect an index would have been a good idea. I\'ll try and get one added.
The average cost of weapons and amour is included but you are right we missed out the cost of things like clothing, climbing gear and so on.
I tend to let starting PCs have what they like in that regard (within reason) and once play begins prices vary form place to place.
That said, I agree that it might be useful for us to have added n average price range in the rules. (One appears for some items in the \"Born in Flames: Part 1\" adventure, but it is not exhaustive).
I shall get to it and release a free PDF with average prices for those items when time allows.
Thanks again.
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