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V20 Dread Names, Red List $14.99
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Joseph P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/27/2016 07:07:05

The two things that really stood out to me here where the writing, which seemed all over the place, unfocused, and to leave out a great deal of important information, and the general hodge-podge nature.

Many of the subjects just didn't seem worthy of being on the "Top 10 Most Wanted", and there is a great deal of over-the-top munchkinism from the earliest books. Like with most V20 books, it goes out of it's way to ignore or undo some of the great things from Revised era, though this one has no issue imagining that their own version is better.

I had issues trying to read through most of the NPCs, as they just seemed to jump around a lot and also often just seemed way too out there, not really grounded in being believable, even within a fantastical setting. A lot of words that say very little, but that's a trend I'm seeing a lot more as V20 continues.

The material on the Alastors, campaign and story ideas, etc. . . is pretty good, and probably the best sections of the book, but not too terribly much beyond what prior books on the subject, (generally with much less space), offered. Other things are touched on, but not nearly enough. For example, the Josians. A group we don't really know nearly enough to care about, but clearly it was someone's baby and should be important, and also get some mentions in other books.

All in all, not terrible, but not great either. It felt more like a Vampire the Masquerade book than some other V20 ones have, but still seems to be missing that spark that made the other editions, INCLUDING REVISED, amazing. If you have the extra cash, possibly pick it up, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way.

[2 of 5 Stars!]