Here is my review for the new World of Darkness Translation Guide
for the Werewolf lines. I will give the over all product a rating but I will also be giving each chapter a rating and why I am giving them those ratings. To be I am a huge fan of WTA and so I look at this product with that in mind. I really like the Current WOD rules set for their ease of play and clarity, but I do not care for the Forsaken setting.
Introduction – N/A
A Good intro to both games but really at this point those buying this are familiar with the games/settings and this would count could have got to other sections.
TRIBES; 2 out of 5
By far the BIGGEST let down in the whole process.
The Tribes are treated as watered down lodges/camps in the different versions of the game. This may work for some of those out there but really feels like a cop-out and insulting to the spirit of Both games and those that play them.
Fighting Style: Kailino using the nwod rules.
SIGNS of the MOON; 4 out of 5
This section covers Auspices and Breed and handles the task very well.
Philodox, and Ragabash Auspices for use with Forsaken rules set.
Irraka and elodoth Auspices for use with Apocalypse rules sets
Metis and Lupis breeds for use with Forsaken rules. Including names for them that fit the Forsaken setting.
Bad - Not a big section so nothing stands out as lacking
SPIRIT MAGIC; 3 out of 5
Covers Gifts, Rites and Fetishes, section is a little short and could have used more details.
Good – Instead of trying to convert a million gifts they give us rules for doing so ourselves
Bad – I would have liked to see more detailed examples and maybe a page listing several Common Rites and what their levels/Dice pools would be in the other system. Same for Fetishes.
TRAITS AND SYSTEMS 4 out of 5
Covers a lot of the other rules aspects,
GOOD - Rules for beefing up War form in Forsaken
Harmony/ Threshold of Sin for Apocalypse
Look at Frenzy in both games
Renown including expanding it to the 5 types in Apocalypse
Ancestors and Pure Breed as Merits for Forsaken rules set
Pack Tactics for Forsaken rules set
THE SPIRIT WORLD 4 out of 5
A good comparative look of the 2 spirit worlds and how they differ. A section on converting Spirits from one setting to the other. Along with guide on powers.
It also includes rules for making Possessed in Forsaken, or making of the Ridden for Apocalypse. The Totems section is the weakest but due to the nature of Totems in Apocalypse, they are hardest and would say the advice that they give is pretty dead on and that some of the more powerful ones would be harder to duplicate without some ST lenience.
CHARACTER CONVERSION 4 out of 5
This section offers a step by step walk through of converting a character from one setting to the other.
The Highlight in this section is that it give a full example character sheet for BOTH settings.
While overall This was rather well done the handling of the Tribes is a HUGE let down and takes something that could have been great and what a lot of WTA fans would have wanted to something that is just pretty useful.