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Exalted Volume 1 (v. 1) Paperback – June 5, 2007
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The book itself is decent, with terrific art. When I say terrific, I'm not implying that it might be award-worthy, but that it captures the high-end, anime-style, all glowing and over-the-top style of Exalted perfectly. Characters were fun without being too stereotypical for their Castes. The story was fun, and gave us a good taste, but didn't have a whole lot of substance. Which is fine, in this case.
My main complaint about this was the lack of scope, which could simply be a personal choice of the author. Exalted is a BIG game, about larger than life, epic heroes that have the power to change creation, or destroy it.
In theory, my two main complaints about scope and plot could be rendered effectively moot if the series should continue and, in doing so, broaden its horizons. This also effectively means that I would make a point of buying further collections should they be published.
As a side note: I have a regular group I run games for, several of which are not regular gamers and have little familiarity with Anime-style story conventions and even less with Exalted. This is the first thing I put in their hands, as an introduction to the world and the flavor.
As another aside: the glue on the book's binding has already started to lose consistency, and some of the artwork pages in the back have already come loose (it's only been about two months since my birthday). While not penalizing the authors/illustrators in my review, I did want to mention this to the publisher, in hopes of improving it in later editions or volumes.
I'll probably file a complaint with Udon and/or White Wolf so that they know there are problems.