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Under the Rose
Publisher: White Wolf
by Kris S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/11/2011 14:24:24

I got this product and a Pathfinder sample adventure on the same day, and they're very different. Where the PFRPG scenario was basically a list of rooms and what monsters and items are in each, "Under the Rose" is more a list of cool things to put in an adventure. In a way that's bad, because there's no map or official series of encounters. But if you can use your imagination as a GM, you'll find some impressive ideas for spectacle, wonder and challenge for an adventure.

The trouble with this scenario is that it's a terrible intro to Exalted. You'll have no idea what's going on if you haven't read the game's convoluted backstory, and won't appreciate the importance of this incredibly powerful fortress you're raiding. And since the premise is that you're going there to take advantage of a massive terrorist attack (!) before the villain arrives, there's no time to actually use the cool stuff in the facility. Eg. there's a great library of war manned by reverent spirits, but you have no time to study.

This product would be most useful if you're already familiar with Exalted and want to use the Imperial Manse as part of a longer adventure culminating in the heroes taking it over. Otherwise, what's the point for giving detailed mass combat stats for the legions of elementals that the palace can launch to "rain unimaginable destruction on any or all points in Creation simultaneously"? It's all very over the top, but that's normal for Exalted. If you want an introductory adventure, try a fan-made work like "Forgotten Suns". But if you want a list of cool things to put into any RPG, you'll find that here. And you can't beat the price!



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Under the Rose
Publisher: White Wolf
by Tove A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/17/2010 15:35:42

It's worth getting simply for the indepth descption of the imperial manse. The adventure is mostly linear, but offers plenty of plothooks to derail the story for those that aren't too keen on this.



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Under the Rose
Publisher: White Wolf
by Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/01/2010 04:54:40

Set in a ‘possible future’ for the Exalted line, Under the Rose deals with the return of the Scarlet Empress. Whilst using this module as the entry point to an Exalted storyline that focuses on a major metaplot shift would be intriguing, I would not recommend that this be a ‘first game’ for a new group. There is simply too much history and setting knowledge that is required to come into this as a fresh player. In some places the plot advancement seems a little forced and relies on players realising that the pregenerated characters have exactly the right combination of powers at certain points to overcome specific challenges. If they don’t, it can result in a little more work from the Storyteller to bring things back on track – and given the magnitude of some of the challenges and the overall goal of the module, that can sometimes be a daunting task. That said, as a module for experienced players with characters enhanced by actual play (and experience points) it has a lot of potential. I’d advise potential Storytellers to read it very carefully, and prepare well in advance. Likewise, ensure that you are comfortable with the outcome of the adventure, as it will significantly alter the way your Creation can look and feel.



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Under the Rose
Publisher: White Wolf
by Nathan O. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/23/2010 00:13:31

A great start for the Return of the Scarlet Empress thanks White wolf :)



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Under the Rose
Publisher: White Wolf
by Bombadil G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/22/2010 13:59:01

Much love and amusement here... Seriously, enjoyed the manse write-up, which hopefully will get an expansion in the Return of the Scarlet Empress...



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Under the Rose
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/22/2010 08:52:45

This is an excellent product supplement, a pre-published adventure that functions simultaneously as a detailed look at one of the setting's most important and iconic locations. It makes my mouth water even more in anticipation of the Return of the Scarlet Empress supplement. It has enough crunch to be worth getting, even if you never use the published adventure, and since it's free, there's no good reason not to get it.



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