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Spark Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Genesis of Legend Publishing
by Phil N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/17/2015 09:37:04

Spark is a complete storytelling package, covering setting creation, roleplaying and superb storytelling advice. This is a narrative-heavy game, with the emphasis on the beliefs of the Heroes. When used for setting creation, the process creates beliefs for the setting, and it is these beliefs the Heroes challenge during the game.

Spark works with any setting, and even includes three sample settings in the book. The digital bundle from Genesis of Legend is brilliant value, with bonus pdfs and multiple formats.. If you are looking for a storytelling game with an emphasis on character and belief, then Spark is the game for you.

For more details, see my lengthy review at Tales of a GM:

http://talesofagm.com/?p=1853

Happy Gaming Phil



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Spark Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Genesis of Legend Publishing
by Sirko R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/10/2014 17:16:31

Spark completely fulfilled it's premise to me. It's a neat beautiful product for cooperative storytelling in form of a very simple pen and paper role-playing game. It's written plain, simple, short but with short examples very easy to understand, and three settings to go that also engross the understanding of how it works and reveals the most fun and entertainment.

The great thing about it for me is, that it's a very good, quick yet helpful guide to boil the usual questions to all players what they want to play and experience down to a smooth story-weaving altogether with everyone participating. This way you can play any scenario you like with it, as long as you bring some spark of creativity. This game makes it really easy and fluid to create worlds, characters and most interesting stories with each other.

For the three offered settings it's all quite non-standard. I found the Japanese future colony setting the most compelling.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Spark Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Genesis of Legend Publishing
by Oliver K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/30/2013 07:13:53

I backed Spark in its Kickstarter and got a chance to read and play the finished product soon after it was released.

The game itself is well-explained and has simple, clear and well-explained rules, showing good workmanship.

While the rules may be elegant and simple, mastering Spark is not for everyone. Spark puts world- and storybuilding in the hands of everybody at the table. Only if all participants can handle that, Spark will flow well. The good news is - you learn this while you play Spark.

In Spark, at least with a prepared setting world, you begin by selecting the beliefs in the world that you want to explore as a group. Then some factions to represent these beliefs. You define some basic stats for the GM that he can roll on. And finally you create some ties between those factions. It's all in the book, the process is explained very well.

Then you define characters - by chosing your own beliefs, ties, stats and skills. Spark knows only four stats: Body, Mind, Heart and Spark. The physical, mental and emotional aptitude to influence his or her story directly, plus the Spark - the ability of the player to shape the world and story surrounding the character. Spark is a meta-gaming attribute. Inexperienced players do have problems with Spark, because the Spark attribute is intended to allow you to shape the story. Unfortunately you can also use it to nullify challenges the game master tries to create before they arise. If you're stuck in thinking "I have to protect my character at all cost" you're tempted to use your Spark attribute to prevent the GM from creating challenges. And then not much at all happens.

So, playing Spark requires players who want things to happen - including to their characters. Spark invites you to put the notion of character safety aside and make the story and the beliefs king. This supported well by the gaming mechanisms in that you can only take damage when you really want to influence things so hard that you would actually rather take harm than let one failed roll stand as it is.

Because rolls play a different role in Spark. Everybody is allowed to make declarations - you can boldly state pretty much anything and if nobody at the table objects it will become game world fact. So if you declare you make a triple salto jump over a canyon and no one - including the GM - objects, then that happens. If somebody objects, you're rolling out a conflict. You roll the needed attributes and skills your action requires, but the GM might for example roll against you and state that you fall into the canyon because it's too wide - a physical danger, so the GM would roll his physical attribute. Highest roll usually shapes the story, but there are rules for taking damage to increase the result of your roll or for escalating the roll.

Rolls then usually only happen if the people at the table have different ideas of where the story should go. Sometimes this is the GM to make the game more challenging. In principle a game without rolls would be possible. Only that usually some dynamics exist because of the various factions, beliefs and ties that put different characters, and possibly their players at odds. So, the rolls exist not to determine the fate of a player. You can narrate that perfectly fine without rolling. The rolls exist to determine the story outcome and twists.

This is a lot of freedom, and if you appreciate story-telling freedom, you will enjoy Spark. It's not something you can expect to unpack at the gaming table and to work right out of the box with most established RPG groups. It takes a bit getting used to. But if you accept the challenge that the Spark style of playing and storytelling presents, you might find it to be very rewarding.

For the would-be world creators Spark is a gem. For my own sessions I wrote a Spark / Fallout setting within less than two days and it was ready for play. The process of creating setting worlds is well-documented and fun. Highly recommended.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Spark Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Genesis of Legend Publishing
by Romain D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/07/2013 09:12:10

I launched a game of Spark two weeks ago with two friends of mine.

We played around 15hours in two days : we built the world and had two episodes.

This was an awesome experience, both for me as a GM and for the players. We had some real debates about things like religion, army and the freedom of speech in a Sci-Fi world.

That was a ton of fun, the story was great and the players thought a lot. The only minor issue that we encounter was that the game was really demanding for players : in every conflict, they felt like assaulted on their thought.

This issue might be due to the intense rhythm of play (15h in two days !), and might be solved with a larger pool of players.

The game is designed to be played from 3 to 6 persons, GM included, but I feel it would be difficult to run it with four or more players.

Anyway, that was a great discovery !



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thank you for your kind review. You are quite right that smaller games with two players are more intense and demanding compared to the larger ones. For a more relaxed play experienced, I would encourage you to either recruit another player, or to focus on confirming Beliefs (which techncially counts as "challenging them") rather than refuting them. Good gaming!
Spark Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Genesis of Legend Publishing
by John I. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/14/2013 17:32:09

I got a chance this week end to start a campaign of Spark this past week. the system flows very well and the design process for both characters and game are very interesting.

The only draw back that I have found is that the scenarios have a strong chance of stepping over peoples comfort zones if a great deal of caution is not taken by the group.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Spark Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Genesis of Legend Publishing
by Robert S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/08/2013 00:28:31

As a kickstarter backer, I got my copy recently. After reading through, I must say... awesome. There are obvious elements similar to FATE but enough differences to really set it apart. It's got a bit more 'crunch' than FATE/Fudge in it, so if you're after a narrative based system, that has a bit more dice and actual stat values (aka Crunchiness) in it, then this is your happy median. The world collaborative world generation system alone is worth the price of this book, everything else is just icing on the cake.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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