Dragon Age Core Rule Book – Review
Published by Green Ronin Games
The Dragon Age video game series owes its existence to table top RPGS in almost every single way. The genre of fantasy itself is partially still alive today thanks to the dice rolling fans who continue to devour every detail of their world of passion. Dragon Age as a game was created as a response to Dungeons and Dragons video games so naturally creating a table top version of the “Dark Fantasy RPG” was no-brainer.
Over the course of the last 5 years, Green Ronin has released 3 box sets of their award winning Dragon Age RPG, each taking you from a certain beginning level to the next, each introducing new races, classes, weapons, and enemies. In 2016 they released the Dragon Age Role-playing Game Core Rule Book, combining the 3 previous sets in a slip cover edition and it is absolutely breathtaking.
Over 400 pages detailing character creation, backstory, game master rules, creating your own adventures, a deep bestiary for everything you need to get a deep immersion Role-playing experience in Bioware’s Dragon Age Universe. First time players or battle hardened veterans who’ve had their swords cut on games like Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder they will find Green Ronin’s “AGE” dice system easy to learn and difficult to master.
The 3d6 system allows even the players who are lower levels or just having awful rolls to shine and become part of the action. The stunt die keeps you from flipping into the book to resolve basic actions that often destroy the immersion of the game. Its simplicity allows the new gamer to experience how bad ass they can become, and let’s the veterans delve deep into the experience and learn new ways to manipulate the dice roll.
The core set also provides everything needed to get started as the Game Master including well thought out charts and breakdowns of the basic rules to keep the game-play flowing without too much diving back in the book for a recap. There are also two beginning adventures to start off with and Green Ronin has provided free Adventure PDFs to keep players on a track to gaining their first 5 levels.
This set is the total package for anyone who is even just curious about Bioware’s Dragon Age Universe. The book, at over 400 pages, is still easy to digest and broken up into sections that pertain specifically to the role you choose as either player or GM. There is just enough background for everything in the book and just enough fluff to keep your imagination flowing, as well as digging through wikis for more information on monsters or results of certain events that happen in each video game. Green Ronin has made it easy to start your adventure in any period of Dragon Age be it Origins, Dragon Age 2, Inquisition, or none of them. This is a game worthy of attention and a serious steal at $29.99.
Bottom Line: For beginners or for old-school RPGers, Dragon Age Core Rule Book is a MUST BUY.