First, excuse me if I make too much English errors, as my native language is not English, but this good old goddamn French.
Excuse me also if I make some approximations or stupid mistakes, as I only have the Imperial sourcebook with me these days.
So far I have bought the Core book, then Capitol and Imperial to my usual RPG dealer (“extra good stuff” he said, “this will get you high, straight to Nero”).
I have recently (a little quickly, I admit) read the Capitol and Imperial sourcebooks, and I have to say that, unfortunately, I am somehow disappointed by the Imperial. Here is some sort of quick reviews, about the pros and cons of this book:
- Detailed rules for creating an Imperial character, including numerous special forces from the clans or the minister of war.
- Good description of the different major clans, with also some minor and families. Very, very useful if you want to play “the big game” of politic, plots, treasons, …
- Lot of stuff and guns, and I will always love stuff and guns. And Imperial have these big crazy gatling guns that makes you wanna scream DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA!
- Unfortunately, I have a feeling that these rules and descriptions of clans have used a big part of the maximum allowed pages for the book. I regret a lack of more “casual” background, like how is it to live in the Imperial Corporation if you are not a noble or a military? How do people feel about the Corporation, how do they interact with people from others clans?
What about the massive imperial bureaucracy?
I have a strong feeling that Capitol sourcebook gave me a better view of the lives of people from this Corporation.
- The timeline. This is the big, big con: there are contradictions on important points, sometimes from one page to the next.
I don’t know the previous editions of the game, but these contradictions seems to be mainly related to the Sad Struggle. It looks like the Struggle has been moved from the reign of Durand X or XI to the beginning of the first corporates war. It is like some of the text has been taken directly from the previous editions and put into this book, with a lack of rewriting to make things fit together.
It becomes very difficult to makes things work when it concerns clan Fieldhausen, which is supposed to have not been swallowed yet by Imperial during the Dark Symmetry era and being the target of “Romeo agents” from MAD, but which is also supposed to have become an independent clan out of the Kingsfield during/just after the Sad Struggle. If the Dark Symmetry era happens some decades after the Sad Struggle, this is an obvious contradiction.
- Scenario: the book announce the Liberty Gambit redux scenario after the ideas of Imperial scenarios, but it is however absent from the book. Is that a problem of pages number? Do we have a chance to have this scenario on another book (or free to download)?
Do not be mistaken: I instantly liked this game, the universe and background (I remember reading about the Warzone game on a french magazine when I was 16…), and I intent firmly to buy every books, except maybe for the player handbook, as I don’t know if there is something new inside or if this is just a digest of rules useful for my future victims players. But I have the strong feeling that the Imperial sourcebook could have been better, and that the timeline problems really needs some kind of an errata.
[Last edited Apr 05, 2016 15:03:32]