The thing that must be commended first off, is that Everstone: Blood Legacy is the work of one person and one illustrator. This is not a corporate product, but the private endeavor of two guys! Unbelievable.
The book itself is about as thick as the Forgotten Realms Campaign book. The art inside is uniformly black and white, and while none of it is excellent (or even solidly good) none of it is as bad as the kind of stinker art you sometimes get. The biggest complaint is the women, who are uniformly represented without a shred of respect, as a bunch of big breasted teen-hottie bimbos in armor bikinis *sigh*. The high point is the technology, which looks quite slick even in black and white.
Plot synopsis: Mysteriously, over 300 years ago enormous civilization ending monsters, called Hollow Lords, appeared suddenly one night and ended the world in a Night of Terror. Massive, iconic creatures, the Hollow Lords are the apex of entire races of lesser monsters spawned in their image. The races of Lannith petitioned the gods for aid, and the gods as a whole, for no known reason, suddenly turned their backs on all of their servants. Desparately the kingdoms sought to flee before one at a time they became extinct. Fortunately the Hollow Lords were more interested in doing battle with each other than with the mortals of Lannith, and so those races which hid themselves in remote enough locations, were passed over.
After hundreds of years hidden in mountain ruins, a group of survivors--Magi from Everstone--learned through their spy networks that one of the Hollow Lords and all of its progeny, had been brought down in battle.Read more ›
What you have here, is a universe that at first glance seems to be just the old hack and slash. Untill you realize that there's nothing without magic. That ten foot tall sentient golems are as equally valid player choice as a diminutive shadow weaver. That the bag guys own 95% of the planet. That it's a new history, a new story, without even a hint of Tolkein reference anywhere. That the gods are a newfangled idea, who have to earn the trust of the people. It's a world of possiblity. Go find some.
This game is awesome, its an interesting way to give players something new and exciting. The equipment and magic is easy to learn and really fun. The only bad thing is the backstory, you need to know the lore for the setting or it gets confusing