Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG bundle offer - Dragon AGE / Fantasy AGE

This is a bundle for another fantasy RPG system: Dragon AGE, based on the Bioware computer game, and a more general FRPG derived from it, Fantasy AGE.

"This offer features the two Adventure Game Engine (AGE) fantasy RPGs from Green Ronin Publishing. The AGE system debuted in the licensed Dragon Age RPG; designer Chris Pramas later genericized the system as Fantasy AGE. The simple and fast-playing AGE rules make an ideal introduction for newcomers to paper-and-dice roleplaying, as do the campaign settings Thedas (from the BioWare Dragon Age computer game) and Valkana (from the Geek & Sundry video series Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana hosted by TableTop star Wil Wheaton).

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders. (By publisher request, some of these .PDFs are inobtrusively watermarked on DriveThruRPG.)

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$113. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $42) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Fantasy AGE Basic Rulebook (retail price $16) and the Fantasy AGE Bestiary (retail $17), plus three Fantasy AGE Encounters (total retail $9): Children's Crusade, Menace From the Mines, and Drive for Justice.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $71:

  • Dragon Age Core Rulebook (retail $30): The comprehensive 440-page full-color rulebook that consolidates all previous Dragon Age RPG rules sets along with new material. Includes the free adventure Duty Unto Death.
  • Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana (retail $14): The science-fantasy setting for Fantasy AGE where science and magic are both powerful forces. Includes the ten-page introductory adventure The Hermit's Road (retail $4).
  • Blood in Ferelden (retail $14): Three full-length adventures for Dragon Age, plus seeds for many more scenarios.
  • Dragon Age Game Master's Kit (retail $9): Useful reference charts plus a complete 36-page adventure, "Buried Pasts."

At least one more title will be added after launch: "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

My feelings on this one are that "simple and fast playing" are relative terms; while Fantasy AGE is a lot less complicated than some systems, it still requires a certain amount of messing around with tables to generate characters, and has all of the clutter of player races, character types, etc. etc. that seem to be an inevitable part of fantasy systems. It's as good a game as any for a non-specialised campaign, and it's quite pretty in terms of layout and illustrations, but it doesn't seem to offer anything particularly new. I get the feeling that a lot of Dragon AGE is aimed at players of Bioware's computer game, and since I don't play it that's largely wasted on me - since I don't know the look and feel of the game world I don't visualize it more vividly than any other game setting.

I think it's probably worth buying if you're a fan of the computer game and want to role-play the setting, and you do get a lot for your money, so I'm recommending it on that basis. But as usual YMMV.

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