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Book of the Deceived
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Alexander P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/15/2015 20:30:39

I hated Mummy: the Curse.

That's not secret; from release onward, I complained about it incessantly. I abhorred the game. I thought it was an unplayable trainwreck of half-baked ideas that was more worldbuilding than roleplaying game.

Book of the Deceived changed my mind.

First things first, the book is /gorgeous/. The art is split between surreal photomanipulations and high-contrast ink character portraits, and both are a cut above what I've come to expect from art in roleplaying game books. Equally stellar is the writing quality; much of the book is just fiction. It reads less like game material and more like translated mythology, complex and arcane and beautiful.

I'll steer away from specifics, but the Deceived of the Lost Guild make compelling antagonists and strong protagonists. The rules within are fresh (if minimal), and the whole package made me want to dive into a Mummy chronicle as soon as I possibly could.

Book of the Deceived represents the new bar for Onyx Path Publishing's supplements, and I eagerly await future releases to see if they can match this work of art.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Book of the Deceived
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by william p. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/16/2014 17:37:01

Even if you have minimal to zero interest in the Deceived as antagonists or player characters this book is worth purchasing. It contains a huge amount of delicious, well written setting material about the Mummy: the Curse setting in general, and about the Shan'iatu and the Nameless Empire in particular.

It also contains numerous powers that are usable by any mummy, and an excellent continuation to the pre-made adventure from Guildhalls of the Deathless.

The art quality is some of the best I've ever seen from a White Wolf/Onyx Path product, and for RPG artwork in general.



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Book of the Deceived
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Sean C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/14/2014 17:11:29

Not at all what I expected from the Lost Guild...and yet it's really awesome. I really enjoy the unique narrative told here, and the outlook is decidedly dark.

The only issue I have is that some of the explanations feel a bit disconnected. There's a lot being told through narrative (which is awesome), but not a lot of explination of what all these things actually are. It helps build mystery, but some of the terms come at you quick and without warning. Unlike a lot of OP products, there isn't a glossary for reference to the terms. While a lot are shared with Mummy: the Curse, enough are new that it might have been a good idea.

That said, richly dark atmosphere, decidedly unique antagonists or players, and a revelation of a mystery that's been on my mind since Mummy hit. I definitely suggest it for any Mummy game.



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Book of the Deceived
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Felipe N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/11/2014 08:06:41

This book is pure gold! It has everything you need to use the Deceived as antagonists or play them. It's very much in the vein of Belial's Brood, making the Akhem-Urtu really interisting and intriguing antagonists, with plenty of internal variation. The Utterances,Affinities and the Seba(Deceived relics) are great. This book answers a lot of questions regarding the nature of the Nameless Empires and cast some more answers. It is very dark and creepy mood, the perfect word to describe the Deceived and the mood of this book is Dark Stars, is a great addiction to the Mummy line and the World of Darkness in general.



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Book of the Deceived
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Colin W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/09/2014 13:52:43

This book wildly exceeded my expectations. I am running and Mummy game and was looking forward to some more information about the Sixth Guild, the antagonistic counterpart faction in the gameline. I was expecting something like Guildhalls of the Deathless: something comprehensive that expands on things that we already know for a fuller game experience. However, this book is much more like Left-Hand Path or VII from other gamelines. It brings the world of Mummy: the Curse to brand new places and builds on the story in incredible ways. If you are a Storyteller thinking of running Mummy, this book is an awesome edition to your game that will give you some fantastic villains, or a great twist for new protagonists! If you're a player... well, so long as you can keep your player knowledge separate then this book will give you a much richer view of the world of the Shan'iatu and Judges. Plus, you might talk your Storyteller into letting you play one of the Deceived!



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