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A Festival of Blades: A Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart $1.99
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by A customer [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/02/2016 12:35:56

So this is a short little booklet introducing the game. It is in the form of an outline of the rules, 4 pre-generateed characters, and then a short scenario. I have not played the scenario so this is my impression of the booklet as an introduction.

The outline of the rules gives a very nice taste of the eventual game. I suspect they will change as they are finalised before the final print run. They are interesting and just cover enough to make me want to see the complete set. There are new ideas for what would be initiative and fighting skills in other games Plus a good mechanic for creating a flow that follows the theme of the game They are good enough to run the scenario but you will have to adjudicate where there are gaps!

The pregen characters are a nice selection. They give an insight on the mechanics of character creation and world backgound They are optimised for playing and perhaps they should have been re-arranged to make it a little more obvious where elements of the sheet come from and how they could be used.

The scenario at the end is as you would expect, essentially 3 scenes played after each other. There is sufficient detail to get you through, but you'll have to make stuff up on the fly if the characters diverge too much! It is definitely enough to give a good feeling of the world. With the city the scenario is set in called 'Vance' the influences are very clear, also noticable Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom, and I felt a bit Space 1889y too.

Overall being a steam-space-punk fan I found the product great and cannot wait for the final version.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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