Tojasida Katia rated it it was amazing Nov 12, But a GM will also have to make some key decisions about how to handle some of the other sub-systems in the game. This is a classic section in any of these lines and Rites of Spring does a decent job of trying to create a context. What we do Get involved Shop online Donate. The book then tries to figure out what other supernaturals look like to the Changelings— do they assume Werewolves are just a form of Beast?
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Catch-all sourcebook of character stuff for Changeling the Lost. In another era, this would have been called the Players Companion to Changeling. If I had to suggest one book beyond the core book to purchase, it would be this one for all around utility. That usefulness does come at a cost-- the organization is more than a little slap-dash. It brims with ideas but finding them or figuring out the how and why of the sequence may be a little difficult. The book is pages, of which 10 or so is given over to story fluff and another to full page images.
The illustrations are strong in places, but overall this is a weaker selection than in the other books. This is the least mechanical of the sections-- it presents some theories oddly enough on what the Keepers are. I think the writers are trying to present the kind of folklore which might exist aong the Changelings about them.
The book then tries to figure out what other supernaturals look like to the Changelings-- do they assume Werewolves are just a form of Beast? This is a classic section in any of these lines and Rites of Spring does a decent job of trying to create a context.
The rest of the chapter provides some discussion on Wyrd and Changeling magic along with some alternate rules for handling it. Where particular changes might dramatically affect the tone or direction of a campaign, the rules try to note that. Its also hard to see exactly why these discussions are in their own section rather than with like material later.
The pledge system in the main rules offers a distinct magic, built on classic forms. However as originally presented it has some built-in assumptions. All pledges cost glamour to activate from both parties, all pledges have a punishment sanction, and all pledges offer a benefit while under their auspice.
The goal seems to have the players take on a risk of failure, punishment in exchange for benefits and bonuses. The rules presented here offer a number of options for handling those pledges in different ways. Because of the number of different and contradictory options offered, a GM will have to work through these ideas carefully. However the material does a great job of opening up the original rules. The Dream section tries to do the same with less spectacular results.
The key problem from the original rules-- dreams being an important part of Changeling life, but dream-entry, requiring the Changeling to actually see the target, remains the same. However is provides a good deal of useful information for players and GMs. It expands the discussion of Glamour and Clarity from the main rules, providing better examples.
In the case of Clarity it provides a much better break down of what those levels mean and how they might affect play. It takes the time to walk through how the illusion of the Mask functions in the world. Besides several general topics, the book finally gets to some solid mechanics for characters. Several pages of new merits and a few flaws provide some significant additions to the rules. Rites of Spring also provides five new Contract sets as well as a number of new Goblin Contracts.
Players will find this part of the book most useful. It deals less with the geography and locations of the hedge and more with how players might interact with it. Rites covers hedge sculpting and duels, but pretty lightly. More attention gets paid to Goblin Fruits and their harvesting.
The section spends most of its pages on magic items: both the Hedge-Spun and Tokens. However the problem still exists from the main book of only modest direction about balancing these items. Some seem pretty powerful for the cost, while others seem fairly wimpy. GMs will have to do a double check on those ratings. Most of the ideas presented here expand those in the main book. The sole exception to that might be the rethinking of the material on pledges.
For GMs looking to port Changeling to another system, this book is worth a read- to see variants on the core systems and new applications of those rules. Obviously some of the chrome mechanics of the setting will need adaptation-- like the various contracts.
GMs will have to decide if they wish to do a literal or more abstract port of those issues. But a GM will also have to make some key decisions about how to handle some of the other sub-systems in the game.
Rites discusses many of those in greater detail: Pledges, Dreamshaping, Hedges, Clarity and so on. Players know that and will be extra-careful in dealing with contracts.
The GM has to decide how they want to handle that: is that reasonable? Is that the tone of caution they want? If not, then the question of having mechanics for that rears its head.
Should there be a roll for constructing a pledge? For analyzing one? Overall This is a solid entry, with a heavier focus on mechanics. Posted by.
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