Small appetizer from the world of Changeling - a Mephisto review
Yours to keep
Coinciding with the 20th-anniversary edition of Changeling, there is also a corresponding jumpstart book for the World of Darkness system, which focuses on the changelings – fairy creatures in our world.
The book consists of two parts – the background and rules section and an adventure. The background is presented here in a concise form and introduces, for example, the kith (the types of changelings), and the houses in which they are organized. The rest of the setting is also summarized within four pages and offers only a rough sketch. As a refresher for changeling veterans, this approach may work, but for newcomers, information is very scarce. The combat rules and cantrips (the magical powers of the changelings) are also present in a compact and correspondingly superficial manner. Since the adventure contains several ready-made sample characters, only their cantrips are explained directly with the characters.
The adventure Yours to keep takes the characters to Point Avalon, a setting in which several power groups meet, which are not only divided between Seelie and Unseelie courts. The adventure is structured into short scenes and has a fairly clear course, but the game master has to make some decisions who is responsible for which developments. The book concludes with the five ready-to-play characters.
The idea of the jumpstart for Changeling is undoubtedly a good one, as this system is likely to be one of the least known games in the World of Darkness line. But to combine an overview of setting and rules with an adventure within about 40 pages is too ambitious. For players who know Changeling or at least have heard about the basics, the setting chapter is a good starting point for a quick re-entry. The same goes for the rules. In my opinion, the adventure doesn't guide a novice gamemaster well enough, either. Although the jumpstart made me want to read Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition, I think this appetizer is too small, so it's only suitable for a first quick impression.
[3 of 5 Stars!]