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BESM (Big Eyes, Small Mouth) 3rd Edition

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The multi-genre anime and manga game Returns!!!

* Featuring an expanded and streamlined version of the Tri-Stat System, offering enhanced character options without sacrificing ease of use.

* Modular toolkits for races, occupations, and archetypes will make the game faster and easier for new players to explore, helping them turn their initial concepts into final character designs.

* Previously published by Guardians of Order, Arthaus is pleased make this newest version of the popular rpg available to its dedicated fan base

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Wendell B July 10, 2019 2:31 am UTC
Played this with friends recently. We puzzled over when you would need the "Artisan" skill instead of the "Visual Arts" skill, and why the game included some other seemingly super niche skills, while looking for the missing "Perception" skill or any skill related to deceiving people (ie: telling lies or bluffing). The skill/attribute system doesn't make a lot of sense, and seems like it could use more polish to put things that are learned and improved through repetition (ie: skills) and character background things like knowing people at the pentagon, and even gear things like what armor you wear, from things like breathing fire, teleportation or mind control. Attributes (not at all what you would expect from the name) include all of those, but not things like Body, Mind and Soul (which pretty much every other RPG calls attributes) or other skills which thankfully are actually called skills. It seems anything related to combat is an "attribute" for the sole purpose of limiting...See more
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Paul B January 21, 2019 12:37 am UTC
Is it just me or is this small book ridiculously overpriced? It's a shame because I'd really like to get it, but I'd kinda feel like a sucker if I paid that much money for it.
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Eric W April 06, 2019 4:52 am UTC
The book's about 240 pages long - this isn't the old Guardians of Order book, it's a lushly illustrated, full color hardback. It's super nice. I mean, yeah, it's a little pricy, but it's not outrageous for what it is.

THis is coming from someone who only has the PDF, though.
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Michael W January 22, 2022 7:19 pm UTC
I have a copy from the initial White Wolf print run; it was $40 US at the time (2007). It's a full-sized, full-color book. It's currently listed here at $66. I'd call that on the high side, but not overpriced. Especially considering you don't need other books (to compare to D&D, it's a combination of the PH & DMG, with a sprinkling of MM).

If you like anime/manga, and don't mind a little math during character creation (more than most games these days, but it's certainly not GURPS or anything), I recommend it.
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Bryan W July 21, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
I think having a softcover option for POD would be great. I tend to keep multiple copies on hand and a stack of hardcover is fine but I like options and softcover is more friendly to thumbing back and forth.
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Kaya Y July 23, 2019 10:43 am UTC
It wouldn't hold together book is although not as big as some others it is not small enough to be contained in a paperback cover.
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Bryan W July 24, 2019 1:54 pm UTC
Yeah it actually is small enough to be bound in a paperback, as i have larger paperbacks from the print on demand service here that are still holding up quite well despite the glue binding and heavy use.
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Richard B May 08, 2018 11:03 pm UTC
Anyone ordered this in the past only to find they don't have it in their library despite having an copy with a watermarked order number?
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March 27, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Any idea on if the BESM splats from 1st and 2nd are compatible with the 3rd Ed book? Specifically wondering about Big Robots, Cool Starships.

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Bryan W May 04, 2017 6:31 am UTC
It's all been rolled into one update package minus any setting fluff which is universal, making a conversion of the supplement is easy enough
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Carl B July 24, 2016 12:35 pm UTC
Anyone know if the POD quality has improved?
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Paul B September 15, 2016 12:11 am UTC
I would like to second that question as I don't like the idea of buying a book that's going to fall apart in a stiff breeze.
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Nicholas W February 10, 2017 5:26 am UTC
So....does anyone know?
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Carl B February 16, 2017 11:05 am UTC
Apparently not.
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Marius B September 28, 2015 11:28 am UTC
Any possibility of a non-premium POD version? I have the original printed version but would just like a table copy (hopefully with errata incorporated).
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Aubrey E January 27, 2016 9:18 pm UTC
I have asked the same question since the hardcover (glued pages) isn't usable as a table book.
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Aubrey E July 10, 2015 8:09 pm UTC
Well, I got a print on demand copy of the BESM 3rd and I am REALLY disappointed. The paper is matte (not glossy) and the colors are WASHED out compared to the original book. Also, the binding is just glue, with no stitching at all. This thing will fall apart in no time. What a waste of money.

While this binding is okay for softcovers, I expected more for a hardcover. I will put in on my shelf and just keep using my pdfs and original book (the POD version was supposed to be my tabletop copy - not happening.
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Craig R October 26, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Thanks for the warning on the poor quality hardcover version!

An alternative you might consider, once you have the PDF file in hand, is to look up FedEx/Kinko's. You can upload the PDF to their printing website and they can print a two-sided copy in black & white with color cover for about $30. This should be fine for game table use. I'd get it with the comb or spiral binding which will then lie open flat on the table. Or just use the PDF on a lap-top. One advantage of the PDF is that you can annotate the PDF using any number of PDF Viewers which is like being able to add sticky notes to your electronic document. The other advantage is Bookmarking, which can create a table of useful locations in the book, like an electronic table of contents that you can organize to suit yourself.
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Craig R October 26, 2015 4:46 pm UTC
One thing I forgot to mention about this PDF is that it is not scanned page images, it was actually printed directly to PDF. This means that you can search the document in a PDF Viewer as text, or copy text into a word processing document if you wanted to.
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Ryan G January 07, 2015 5:48 am UTC
Any idea what was changed in 2014? I came on to download on my new computer and see an updated date in 2014.
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Bryan W January 23, 2015 12:14 am UTC
Print on demand was added to the available format list
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Craig R March 30, 2015 10:09 pm UTC
Indeed! If you are VERY LUCKY you might find a hardcover copy of the original for $60.00 on eBay but good luck! I's now considered a "collectors' item" so sells for over US$100. I was extraordinarily lucky to find one on eBay for about $40 + shipping.
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