I stopped by my FLGS yesterday with about 8,000 pounds (ok, maybe a little less than that) of Vampire: Dark Ages books to offload. I desperately needed the space on my shelves and I didn’t see ever playing that game again. I loved the game while I played it and have some fond memories of running the game and reading the books, but I just don’t see it again in my future. I traded in the books on Dragon Age: Set 1, the Dragon Age: GM’s Kit/Screen and a few Palladium books (Fantasy Role Playing and The Book of Magic.) I also ended up with a little left over as store credit. All-in-all, I’m happy with the exchange.
I must say that if Green Ronin hadn’t done a Free RPG Day offering of Dragon Age, I would have never given it a second glance. After running through the Free RPG Day offering, I was interested enough to spend some of my hard-earned store credit on the box set and screen. Will I invest in Set 2 for the more advanced players and characters? Not sure yet. I’m going to see if I can get a group together for a few sessions of Dragon Age based off Set 1 and see what happens. From what I’ve seen of the Free RPG Day offering and what little I’ve glanced at the Set 1 books, I think it’ll be a hit.
Oh. The box set also comes with a map with lots of opportunities to expand upon and personalize. There appears to be quite a bit of “unexplored” space on the map, which will leave me free to write my own adventures for the game. That’s a plus and a minus, but I consider it more of a plus. It allows for more personal freedom in the game because it’ll be harder to stomp all over the canon that is provided in the computer games and by Green Ronin.
If I end up convincing my group (or a new group) to play in the game, I’ll let you know how things go.