Monday, September 15, 2008
Quick Reviews: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
As a fan of the Buffy television show I am kind of amazed that I never picked this game up before. I suppose the fact that licensed properties generally suck is what kept me from doing so before now. To be honest if I hadn’t found this book at the buy 1 get 3 free booth at Gen Con last year I probably still wouldn’t have bought it.
Overall this book is not bad, but it’s not great either. This is the revised core rule book and you can play the game with just this book, but to get the most out of it you will need to get more. This is one of the things that generally turns me away from most games. I don’t mind buying extra books that I want, I just don’t like feeling I need other books. This was my main gripe with Rifts and one of the things that aggravates me about D&D.
Overall the system this game uses, the Unisystem, is fairly easy and should prove no problem for experienced gamer. Fans of the Buffyverse will find the feel of the show is well represented in the game. There are many quotes and references to the show throughout the book. There is even a guide to Buffyspeak in the back of the book.
Unfortunately, Eden Studios no longer has the license for the game and will no longer be producing products for the game. The good news is they still support the products they have produced so far.
While I have to say I do like the game and will teach it to my ten year old who also loves Buffy, I can’t recommend it to non-fans. In my opinion, the game is just too focused on a specific group to appeal to a wider audience.