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Mirror
Publisher: Sandy Pug Games
by bri h. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/02/2018 17:57:57

I entered Mirror (as a playtester, I suppose I should say that) with trepidation. Much as I love tabletop RPGs, I am not a performative human. Much as I love my friends, I am not good at isolating and dissecting their very nature. Given the premise of Mirror, these personal hangups concerned me — ultimately my concerns were unfounded.

For the scope of a review, I would distill Mirror down to two facets: that of a one-page system ideal for one-off games, and that of a game built around the bonds of friendship. It succeeds on both fronts. The system itself is straight-forward, based on simple d6 pools which represent one's attributes and (essentially) one's health.

Character generation is also straightforward — you place yourself inside the friend physically sitting across from you, and pluck from them a pile of strengths and weaknesses. As mentioned, this was a concern of mine, but even playing as people I did not know extremely well, I was able to identify some driving characteristics and successfully build my version of them. Abstracting out personality traits and interplaying strengths with weaknesses (incredible creativity vs. head-in-the-clouds, say) calmed any worries I had of perfectly representing my trusted compatriots.

The friendship element also plays into the one-page/one-off element — these accelerated sorts of RPGs are oft recommended to beginners, yet character generation can still be oddly overwhelming. When you're building your character around someone you know, trust, love, whatever… that's a barrier to entry that has been taken away right off the bat. It also keeps you personally engaged and invested in your character — you want this abstraction of a person who, IRL, has been there for you to succeed.

And so these two core aspects of Mirror are, in my opinion, intimately entangled. And this entanglement makes for a game that is accessible, engrossing, endearing, and ultimately very, very fun.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mirror
Publisher: Sandy Pug Games
by Gabriel K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/30/2018 22:50:45

"Impossible," you claim insolently, "Surely you jest, Professor, surely there's no such thing as a one-page, pick-up-and-play, multiple-hyphens-needed-to-describe-but-still-highly-alluring table-top-role-playing game!" I slap you across the face with a small duck. "You fool! You imbicile!" I screech like a powerful bird, "MIRROR is all of those things and so much more! It's not even just a game! It's a celabration of friendship! Old friends! New friends! Friends you want to catch up with! Friends you've played campaigns with as alter egos! You can be the good mirror like in that velvet underground song about combating self-deprecation through shared celebration of each other! It means a lot to me and made my playtest surprisingly emotional! Nothing let's you see yourself through your friends eyes like getting made into an amazing custom character class with a skillset tailored to what THEY think is exeptional about YOU! And Visa/Versa! It's the kind of thing I'd like to play even with my non rpg-playing friends! All you need are a bunch of six-sided dice you can steal from your childhood monopoly set! It's so elegant and perfect and just so darn kind! The kind of kind we don't often get to be to each other!" And that's my review I say removing him from the house posthaste. Take your interview to that rag in the comments section. you can't stop me. I'll be back to review the next one. Yes, sir. Buy it. Buy it now.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mirror
Publisher: Sandy Pug Games
by Kay R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/30/2018 11:00:47

This is the most fun I have ever had playing an RPG. I especially liked having a mechanic built in that encourages you to get creative and use all of your skills, not just rely on "I hit a thing because I'm strong." And playing as your friend leads to a lot of laughter and joking in character gen, which sets an upbeat tone for the whole session. This system is small, but it's unique and amazing.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Full disclosure, Kay is one of my playtesters who helped shape Mirror, thanks so much for your kind words!
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