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Henshin! A Sentai RPG
by Riccardo S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/14/2020 01:53:58

I ran one session together with my friends online (so, I am not an experienced player concerning Henshin!) and these are my preliminary feelings:

PROS

  • This is an excellent game to initiate beginners to RPGs. I truly believe so because this game teaches to beginners core concepts that I believe should be learnt for the future as well, and applied to other RPGs. The mechanics that puts on the players the responsibility of choosing if winning or losing whatever confrontation is important to avoid attitudes of "Power Players" in the future. In Henshin! everyone around the table (real or virtual) has the responsibility and the possibility of shaping a great episode together. No dice required indeed to run such game.
  • It is very funny, we laughed a lot! This is thanks to the setting but also thanks to the mechanis that allow the players to decide when and how to fail in a ridicoulus way sometimes!
  • The players do not need to invest so much time in character creation. Narrators need to invest more (I used 4 hours as Narrator to create the setting and the first episode) but anyway much less time is needed in comparison to other systems.
  • The quite strong characterization of the playbooks, aligned with playbook-specific turns, allows the players to immediately grasp the "feeling" of their own characters and interpret them correctly since the beginning. I loved the last three pages of the manual comparing the playbooks to the "masks/characters" of the Italian theatre, great analogy!

CONS

  • It is a bit difficult to fully graps the mechanics if you never played Henshin before. I also listened to all the podcasts (4 episodes on the website) and some mechanics were not fully clear (for example, the "questions" in the caracters' turns). I understand that the authors are compiling a FAQ document regarding mechanics, which is very much appreciated and will help run the sessions more smoothly. It could be good to have one extra explanation page for players and Narrator (in addition to playbooks) to guide them in choosing the right turn for the right moment.
  • Character growth/progression is quite limited.

FINAL THOUGHTS I truly recommend Henshin! in your collection. I believe it is mostly suited for beginners and one-shots or very short campaigns, however also for experienced players (like me and my friends) it was extremely funny and a nice break from heavier and more difficult games. Let's Henshin!



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Henshin! A Sentai RPG
by Ryan C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/06/2020 19:13:44

I've played Henshin! with a couple different groups, and they'e all enjoyed it! It's obviously created by people that love the sentai genre, but even players that were unfamiliar with those shows had a good time. It's diceless and mechanics-light, which means its easy for people to get into the swing of playing within a session. The world-building tools are a blast, and the groups created fun, rich, worlds that I can't wait to play within again. The episodic nature also makes it easy for players to drop in or out according to availability without disrupting the session-to-session play, which is a huge plus! The art is also gorgeous; this is a really fun game and I totally recommend it, especially for fans of Power Rangers and other sentai shows!



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Henshin! A Sentai RPG
by John O. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/06/2020 14:41:32

Henshin! is a easy to learn, fun to play narratively driven role playing game. Rather than rely on complicated dice-driven mechanics and a metric monster-ton of rules, the Cave of Monsters Games have focused on replicating the feel and mood of Japanese costumed superheroes.

What I particularly loved about Henshin was that there are never any "bad" decisions or "wasted" turns to make. Each choice contributes to moving the story forward in compelling ways that reward players for ROLE playing rather than ROLL playing. The collaborative elements of the game really shine through, with play books that help inspire you to think about how your archetype might respond to a situation, while giving you the freedom not to be bound up by complicated class and feat systems or the arbitrary roll of dice. The designers thougtfully have included modules and additional options that will keep the game going as well as the tools to help you and the rest of the players come up with creative and fun ideas on the fly that will make you feel like you are in your very own TV show WITHOUT expecting you to know a lot of lore about the properties that inspired Henshin!

Finally, the design of the book from the art to archetypes make it clear that this is a game made for EVERYONE, not just the "traditional" sorts of gamers. Representation matters, and Henshin makes sure you know that this game is for everyone, and that is super important.

I backed the Kickstarter and I am pleased with the product I received! (P.S. I am the Fandom Menace... I had a YouTube show once. I swear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMB1e6Tot_0)



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Henshin! A Sentai RPG
by John S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/06/2020 11:25:13

If you love Sentai or Power Rangers, then this the game for you! The game is easy to learn and a lot of fun. The book is filled with everything you need to know to play. It's even got well writted example play scenerios to help with getting a good idea with what play would be like. Ths book also includes verious game modules for those that just want to jump right in and get to playing. I can't recomend this game enough.



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Henshin!: A Sentai RPG Basic Playset
by Benoit L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/05/2018 13:48:24

Very interesting approach of diceless pbta (à la Dream askew, but DA is MCless) and useful starting tools for henshin style. A little more developpement (or even a full book ^^) will be awesome



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