I have a setting I've developed for tabletopping that I love but none of my players ever seem interested in, so I decided to use ALONe to play a solo game in it. The first proper session I played (just one Beat), was fantastic. The story immediately kicked off in high gear, and the rising tension system created a perfect little arc to the scene, culminating in a 2-on-2 battle that ended up destroying an underwater base. My heart was pounding by the end, and I can't wait to get back to it.
The cards become pretty intuitive to use pretty quickly, and really keep the story moving. The only sticky point was that character creation felt pretty open-ended, and it took longer than I expected to finally get my character in shape (backstory etc.) and start playing. I think that'll get easier with experience, but it does create a small barrier to getting into play for the first time, and the play was really awesome.
Even as a BETA this is a very playable system, and I'm looking forward to getting some more of the genre-specific GMA decks to enrich the experience even more. Really fun!
[5 of 5 Stars!]