On the whole, this is a good book. It contains excellent advice on structuring the character creation process. Including putting requirements and limitations on the writing of character backgrounds. I have only one major point of contention, but it is such a big issue that its worth knocking off a star. The author claims that homebrewing settings is a waste of time when there are already so many published settings, and doesn't even consider homebrewing systems. I strongly disagree with this. Homebrewing can be a fun and superior alternative to spending money on setting books, and it avoids the potential problem of failing to live up to the encyclopedic standards of some setting fans.
[4 of 5 Stars!]