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My Little Pony Tails of Equestria Core R Hardcover – April 21, 2017
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My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria is a storytelling pen and paper game for 2 to 6 players. Players create and role-play as pony heroes who explore and seek adventure in the various lands of Equestria. Guided by a Game Master (GM), players adventure together and use the magic of friendship to overcome obstacles as they learn more about each other and the world around them. With a full-color, hardback, 152-page rulebook outlining character creation, scenarios, play, Tails of Equestria brings My Little Pony to life for all who love the magic-filled world of Equestria. Using the rulebook, players are encouraged to create their own pony that represents them. Armed with core skills and special abilities, each player then ventures into the world with their pony peers, forging deeper friendships as they help one another in the whimsical world they create through every action they take.
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Cut to about a year later, and Ponies gets its own dedicated RPG. It's not as deep mechanically as Dungeons & Dragons, and some veteran role-players may find it a bit sparse at first. However, this game honestly has a few neat mechanics that I honestly wish D&D would adopt itself. The "Friendship Token" mechanic being one of them, it takes a little bit of the randomness out of the dice rolls and introduces a bit of control over the most critical events in the campaign. It's also an RPG that encourages teamwork, and the more "ponies" you throw at a problem, the easier the problem is to solve by lowering the problem's dice level.
A few problems with quality control keep me from giving it my Brony-biased five stars. One: There are a number of typos throughout the book. Like, glaring ones even. Ones that really should have been caught by the proofreader. Two: Some of the pictures, particularly those lifted directly from show screenshots, are blown up way too large and are pixelated and/or fuzzy. The included adventure is also a little bit silly. (I realize it's MLP, but you CAN treat your young audiences seriously too. They like to feel like something's at stake as well.)
That said, these few flies in an otherwise charming and surprisingly pleasing vial of ointment aren't enough to put me off. Hopefully, future printings of the book will have these quality issues resolved. It's a brand new game endorsed by a company that already makes the most successful RPG of all time, and no one is certain of this one's future yet. That said, the book is otherwise well put together, the little original artwork there is is nice (hopefully there will be a lot more of it in future printings), the rules are simple and usable, and while this is only a basic foundation, I see plenty of room to build upon the game as it stands and make it even better. I'm interested to see where it goes.
A good first attempt. 7/10; I would buy again, and I highly recommend it to my Brony friends in particular.
This is a good Rpg paper book. Write Parents or mature "Game master" to play with childrens in the age to play at Rpg paper. (9 years~)
The little adventure are very appreciate for the first time playing.
First, the book itself is very high-quality. Its heavy-duty hardcovers and sewn binding make this a book that will stand up to a lot of love. It's brightly colored and lavishly illustrated for all of its 152 pages.
The rules to the game are explained and easy to understand ways with many illustrations from the “My Little Pony” TV series and movies.
The game also promotes good values. One of the main mechanics is acquiring and using “friendship tokens”. The player accumulates friendship tokens by doing kind and generous acts. Then, the friendship tokens can be used to help other players out they run into difficulties during the game. As a parent, I love this mechanic.
Game itself is easy to understand. The principal mechanic is that there is a target to difficulty the player ponies are allowed to use their attributes and talents to overcome the challenge. Attributes and talents are assigned a specific die, e.g., D6, D8, ... D20. Challenge numbers range from one (super easy) to 20 (pretty much impossible). You can also have competition between characters. This takes place in terms of a roll off using the appropriate talent or attribute.
Characters level up after every adventure and gain friendship tokens and increase the level of one or more of their die.
Some of the other reviewers felt that this would not be a long term game. From a purely mechanical standpoint, that could be true. The characters tend to level up very quickly and max out their talents. But, having played with kids for 30+ years, my take is a little different.
One of the attractions of the “My Little Pony” universe is that there are many ponies. The rules specifically talk about retiring your character after you get to a certain point with your abilities and attributes. If a parent or grandparent was the stable master for the game then I could imagine son, daughter, or grandbaby playing a variety of ponies over. Of time. It is certainly possible that this is a role-playing game that the children would eventually outgrow, but maybe not. (I am actually thinking about using this system for our annual holiday role-playing session, which tends to be a little on the silly side.)
All in all, this is an excellent system, and I highly recommend it for your little role-player.
Number 2: So. Many. Typos.
Seriously, there are so many grammar and spelling errors in this it hurts. Not to mention the straight up typing errors.
Table of contents says the heading is: Traits & Shamans
Actual chapter heading: Traits & Stamina
Sometimes the errors are so blatant they distract from the actual usefulness of the book itself. Other times, like the example above, they result in a head-scratch and a giggle.
This book was VERY poorly reviewed and proofread.
This book is also AWESOME and I really like the direction it goes. It is a fantastically interesting guide and I love the details explaining how to create your pony, especially. It feels approachable for folks used to tabletop games and for those who are brand new to it.
I'm excited for our first game!