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Dark Aeons: The Atlantean Chronicles
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by Jennifer A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/17/2013 01:20:21

I read through this book and it is a fascinating world. I love the HP Lovecraft/Clark Ashton Smith feel. If you like the rpg Call of Cthulhu or Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, you will love this book.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dark Aeons: The Atlantean Chronicles
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/12/2013 02:39:31

I have to say I love this game for a variety of reasons. One of the main ones is the blending of science and supernatural elements that melded extremely well together that in many ways outdoes, in my opinion, most other Lovecraftian games. Instead of making the Old Ones some unkillable monstrosities they are treated as being from another universe that just possess secrets and knowledge that others don't.

And it is this undercurrent of science that in many ways is its’ best selling point as instead of everything being magical, most beings possess psychic powers. The other aspect is that it has several core races and does not over complicate things with hundreds of preternatural races, unlike other RPG’s.

The world is lavishly created and goes into an abundance of detail, with eighty pages of history / world-building that is clearly designed for player and GM immersion. In addition to this there are several different factions to which you can be allied to. The US Government is also partially aware of what’s going, plus Nazi’s that have a Fourth Reich that are working from the shadows.

Did I mention the Nazi’s?

Although sometimes you do get a bit of information overload – but that is not always a bad thing as it allows you to pick and choose which bits you wan to keep, and which parts to leave out.

This is, for me anyway, very much a conspiracy thriller type of game – in the guise of a Dan Brown book where the players may be those working in the shadows but then again so too are many others – or not. So in a sense it is part action, and part thinking game which emphasises actual roleplay and not so much about rolling dice or drawing cards. In essence, it is one of the few interactive games, which to me seem to be somewhat of a dying breed.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dark Aeons: The Atlantean Chronicles
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/02/2013 16:27:27

DA:TAC is a sophisticated gaming system and will undoubtedly be a good addition to the aresenal of experienced gamers. It may proove a little too complex for novices, but it is jam packed with ideas that can easily be ported to any other system of choice. Beginners would still benefit form the material contained therein, although may not be able to utilize it in entirety to full effect. All in all, well worth the purchase price, and definitely useful to veteran gamers wanting to try something a little different than the classic sword and sorcery.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dark Aeons: The Atlantean Chronicles
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by Matt W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/17/2013 14:53:24

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book by Stardust and asked if I would like to write a review.

When I read through Dark Aeons, I kept going back to a feeling of overload. Pitched to me as a fun diceless Eldritch Horror type game, it does include that, but the problem is this book keeps adding layers and layers to the premise until you cannot see the bottom.

There are ancient civilizations, ancient Atlantis, and secret conspiracies of sorcerors? Great!

But then there are also no less than four different flavors of vampire, all with their own internal politics and factions. OK.

And it's set in an alternative timeline that features megacorporations, Shadowrun style cyberspace and virtual reality, and a post-nuclear terrorism America.

Oh, and there are mutants, psychics, and alchemically created immortal warriors. Got that?

And then we go back to talk about the history of all the different Atlantean and post-Atlantean houses and families.

By the time I was 40 pages in, my head was spinning, and when I finally reached character creation, I felt like I needed Cliffs notes to keep track of everything, and I would run into mentions of a corporation, house, society, or faction that frequently made me flip back to try and figure out who was related to what.

I realize that Stardust is an independent publisher, and as I mentioned, there are a lot of fun ideas in here. I think this is simply a case of trying to jam too many concepts into one core book. I also appreciate that they include rules for tabletop, LARP, and even converting the playing card based "Center Stage" mechanics to use dice for those who are more comfortable with rolling for challenges instead of taking draws.

If you're a GM considering this system, I think it's worth looking the book over, but perhaps consider taking pieces of the setting rather than trying to swallow the entire thing in one bite. Using the rules and some of the historical information in the book, a campaign pitting agents of the hidden Atlantean empire against, say, explorers sponsored by a dark sorcerer who are trying to unearth Abyssal ruins from the Antarctic could be very fun. You could take the virtual reality environment and run a great "Cthulutech"-esque mashup of eldritch horror, too.

I'd treat DA as a toolbox. Pull the elements you want out, make good use of them, and don't worry about overcomplicating things for the players.



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
At the time that Dark Aeons was being produced, we as a company were not certain if we had the funds to get out any supplemental core books for the game, so the decision was made to take all of the materials that we had on hand and put them into one core book rather than a bunch of splat books. The primary protagonists of Dark Aeons: The Atlantean Chronicles are the descendants of the survivors of Atlantis, everything else are add on options to the setting world.
Dark Aeons: The Atlantean Chronicles
Publisher: Stardust Publications
by Venus D. C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/18/2012 02:09:52

This game system is designed for those who love to roleplay, but do something more than just roll dice all night long. The mechanics are simple, and the options for building are endless. If you need a break from your traditional campaigns and roleplaying games, this is the one. Spend the money, support small press and play a system that will make you think creatively and you will never run out of things to do.



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