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The Dark Eye - The Blue Tome (Theater Knights II)
Publisher: Ulisses Spiele
by Pelle A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/29/2020 21:52:21

Pretty new to this game, but 40+ years of RPG gaming and DM'ing I have seen a lot. I feel like the dark eye 5e is a fun "new system". Point buy like GURPS, which I like - no 3d6 and live with it. There is a lot of additional and foundational material out there, but mostly in German, which I and google struggle with. The Theatre Knights Aventure path has a lot's of interesting angles and plots, names, locations, and history. Unfortunately, it is more of an idea to an adventure based on a world that you have little insight to. This is not an adventure you pick up and play. There is a LOT of work to prepare to run these adventures. There always is prep time for DM'ing, but this is at another level – many hours per gaming session. Scrambled, missing, repetitive, contradicting, useful, useless, fun, interesting, half-told, badly translated, probably anecdotal information is hidden is throughout book if you have the time to write your adventure from this book of information. Fantastic art and ideas! The main irritant is that the information is completely scrambled. The story is interspersed with stat blocks, character descriptions, and anecdotal information from another time. To read a scene to the player you must piece info from across the adventure, the adventure path, and beyond. Flipping from page 4, 25 to 45 (if you can find it) is normal and it takes it toll on the players. So use the book and form your adventure from it. There is so much material, history, structure and fun behind this mess. I wish a professional writer would clean up this “adventure path” so we can enjoy it. Right now, Ulisses games are doing a very poor impression with this mess.



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The Dark Eye - The Black Forest (Theater Knights III)
Publisher: Ulisses Spiele
by Pelle A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/29/2020 21:51:03

Pretty new to this game, but 40+ years of RPG gaming and DM'ing I have seen a lot. I feel like the dark eye 5e is a fun "new system". Point buy like GURPS, which I like - no 3d6 and live with it. There is a lot of additional and foundational material out there, but mostly in German, which I and google struggle with.

The Theatre Knights Aventure path has a lot's of interesting angles and plots, names, locations, and history. Unfortunately, it is more of an idea to an adventure based on a world that you have little insight to. This is not an adventure you pick up and play. There is a LOT of work to prepare to run these adventures. There always is prep time for DM'ing, but this is at another level – many hours per gaming session. Scrambled, missing, repetitive, contradicting, useful, useless, fun, interesting, half-told, badly translated, probably anecdotal information is hidden is throughout book if you have the time to write your adventure from this book of information. Fantastic art and ideas!

The main irritant is that the information is completely scrambled. The story is interspersed with stat blocks, character descriptions, and anecdotal information from another time. To read a scene to the player you must piece info from across the adventure, the adventure path, and beyond. Flipping from page 4, 25 to 45 (if you can find it) is normal and it takes it toll on the players. So use the book and form your adventure from it.

There is so much material, history, structure and fun behind this mess. I wish a professional writer would clean up this “adventure path” so we can enjoy it. Right now, Ulisses games are doing a very poor impression with this mess.



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The Dark Eye - The Thorwal Drum
Publisher: Ulisses Spiele
by Pelle A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/12/2020 22:25:44

We had lots of fun with this short adventure. A bit too much "deep" info on NPCs - almost all never used in the game. Suggest to keep much more info in the appendix, as this turns into a flipping pages waiting game for the players.



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The Dark Eye - The White Lake (Theater Knights I)
Publisher: Ulisses Spiele
by Pelle A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/25/2020 22:17:33

Interesting setting with some new gaming ideas. Not for the new GM… The rule system is complicated and fun. Obviously, a lot of information behind the whole world and the state of Bornland this year. I get the feeling that someone is living this world and telling the story. As a GM new to the world the dreamy description is not helping. Would have been useful for the GM to have a few paragraphs on what is going on in the south – why the nobles are gathering for war. My players did not follow the runaway slaves and I had a hard time persuading them not to kill Jaruslav when they first met him. They left he adventure halfway to go home to Festum. The storyline is thin. The material is not well structured. Plot info is sometimes in sidebars, stat blocks, or located at random in the adventure. If I’m not spending a few hours to prepare for each session, I spend half the time flipping back and forth finding bits of information. Excessive descriptions of NPCs: love/hate cheese, need new shoes, hate/love horses… These pages could have been used for story descriptions for the players. Very low on “read out aloud” parts to engage the players. Please put the stats for all NPCs and all monsters as appendices and keep the story clean. The concept of awakening is cool, but you cannot leave the GM in the dark. Not motivating to put another face on a tree/snow.



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