I have a difficult time understanding why anyone would rate this lower than 4 stars, or, honestly, 5.
- The layout and art are professional and evocative.
- The writing is top-notch. When describing mechanics, it's crystal clear. When it's describing the setting, it skillfully conjures a strange new world.
- The sandbox construction mechanics are amazing and among the very best available. It's possible to buy this product for that purpose alone, because of their utility for any fantasy role-playing game…
4…. but the setting is top-notch as well, supplying a good reason for western and eastern hero archetypes to journey together. There are plenty of foes large and small, some intended for one-shot scenarios, and some for the long term campaign, including some great mysteries. It just begs to be played.
Kevin Crawford's work sets a very high bar. Highly, highly recommended.
[5 of 5 Stars!]