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Scion Second Edition Book Two: Hero
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Costan S. B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/10/2019 00:20:58

Scion: Hero is a book with serious lights and darks, and in a sense it never really reaches its full potential. For one thing, it keeps the lore of the second edition, which makes no sense in any way, as I commented on Origin. But also, a lot of its pages aren't really well used, as it seems like most of it is redundant. A full character creation chapter, for example, was unnecessary, given one was already in Origin, and it could be summed to the part where you update from pre to post-visitation characters. The fact that ten pantheons are added in this book is good gameplay wise, but also means that a lot of pages are spent on very basic depictions of the pantheons and, thus, information that is more or less easily accesible with any quick online search.

The gaming system also has lights and shadows, though in this case lights may be a bit stronger. Some ideas are better than those in first edition, some are very different and I'm not able to judge them right now, and some are worse. Birthrights have been improved a lot with much more flexibility. Purviews and Knacks work in different ways but it seems like they should be better now. But Paths bring character Classes (like those of D&D) to a game which is something some of us don't like, and the new virtue system is highly debatable. A lot of other things, I'd need to run a game to test and see how it all turns out.

As a result of all this, I can't say the book is worthless but the fact that the background is so much worse than in first edition means that the game suffers a lot.



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Scion Second Edition Book Two: Hero
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Kyle N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/10/2019 03:47:17

Origin is a solid (though mayhaps a bit flawed) system. But THIS is where Scion shines. Views of divinity! Showing the relationship between the Mortal and the Divine in the World of Scion! A grand and unique view of the setting.

The biggest one for me? There is not masquerade, like there was in 1e. That's right. The Gods are real... And they don't hide this. Nobody in the World doubts that the Gods exist, and that their champions walk the World. It's like a superhero setting, only the heroes are Heroes of Divinity.

Also, while I enjoyed Scion 1e, the more I learned about the actual stories of the Gods that were written for the line, the more I realized that oh, liberties were taken. Very unfortunate ones. Not so here, where the Pantheon writeups are MUCH closer to the source material. (No citing of Marvel Comics for the Nordic gods, for one). In particular, the Hindu Gods (the Deva) have one of the best writeups in the entire book. And the Aztec Gods (the Teotl) are very different from their 1e writeup of "The Designated Nominal Heroes", explaining much more about their nature.

I honestly wish I could rate this higher than just 5 stars. I'd recommend Scion 2e to anybody who likes adventure, anybody who likes over the top heroics, and people who are Mythology Nerds.



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Scion Second Edition Book Two: Hero
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Chazz K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/06/2019 12:04:43

Scion Hero takes what was great about the original game and updates in with more cultural awareness and modern gaming sensabilities. To check out our complte thoughts, check out our review episode: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/episode-17-scion-hero-overview



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