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Once Upon a Crime
Publisher: Wooden Vampire Games
by Philipp M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/24/2016 15:23:59

First of all about the setting: Hell, the setting is amazing. In the style of The Wolf among us or the comic book series that Fables that inspired the game characters from classical fairytales get evicted from their homeland Arcadia and thrown into the dark reality of 1940s Noir world. I love that setting and there are a lot of good ideas included in the PDF how to fuse the genres together.

Editing, Layout, …, overall presentation:

I will make it short: The overall presentation of ‘Once upon a crime' is just awful. The layout is awful (even using LibreOffice something more involved should have been possible in something like 15 minutes), the texts were crawling with errors and badly written. I am not even a native speaker and yet I found literally dozens of errors, spelling and grammar and whatnot. The texts are confusing and redundant, a lot of information is scattered through various chapters, including the starting scenario, the language is bloated and fuzzy. I feel like from the 43 pages of the PDF at least 10 could be saved by avoiding redundant information and set phrases and use sharper formulations. There is an editor listed in the credits, but I wouldn’t be surprised if nobody looked over the texts after they were first written.

As much as I want to love ‘Once upon a crime’, this just spoils it for me. I really hope the author decides to take a close look at his creation, and spends the time and love this setting and ideas would deserve.



Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Dear Philipp, First of all, thank you for taking the time to read and review. I\'m glad you liked the setting. In response to the points you raise, yes, there are aspects of the book that I wished had been done differently. There are a number of reasons for this but primarily it\'s due to the game being a \"one man show\" that was being pushed further and further off my radar. The mistakes and errors are annoying but I hope to have these corrected when the book is re-issued at a later date. I did have an editor look at the text but this person wasn\'t familiar with many of the terms used in tabletop gaming and I suspect that there was some confusion over what was incorrect and what was intentional. Either way, the responsibility for this lies with me. Kind regards, Chris
Dear Philipp, First of all, thank you for taking the time to read and review. I\'m glad you liked the setting. In response to the points you raise, yes, there are aspects of the book that I wished had been done differently. There are a number of reasons for this but primarily it\'s due to the game being a \"one man show\" that was being pushed further and further off my radar. The mistakes and errors are annoying but I hope to have these corrected when the book is re-issued at a later date. I did have an editor look at the text but this person wasn\'t familiar with many of the terms used in tabletop gaming and I suspect that there was some confusion over what was incorrect and what was intentional. Either way, the responsibility for this lies with me. Kind regards, Chris
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