A Flames Rising Review:
Jess Hartley’s group of pre-generated characters comes from Changeling: the Lost. She follows the typical road that allows each character to fill a needed spot in the group. For example, the Beast Aslan (the Lion-O chap on the front page) is the team’s muscle. There is nothing wrong with going this course as most players work to create just such a group. It allows the entire group a chance to shine throughout most sessions. These characters, for me, seem to have a bit in common with the Refuse. They are outsiders who are haunted by their past.
Sometimes this haunting is literal, such as in Romeo’s case.
Jess Hartley’s fantastic writing, particularly at the end of the booklet, helps prime ideas. Her characters, while created for pick-up purposes, have long-reaching goals the suggest long-term use. It doesn’t have to be this way, but the materials are there. She is forced to spend a little too much space on playing these characters with one of them missing, but the decision to create role-based characters causes this. She makes strong connections to the Changeling adventures The Rose-Bride’s Plight and The Fear-Maker’s Promise and suggests solid ways to tie into those adventures. The final two pages are a collection of wild story seeds, probably some of my favorites.
Review by Todd Cash
Read the full review at FlamesRising.com:
[5 of 5 Stars!]