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OneDice Pirates & Dragons
Publisher: Cakebread & Walton
by Morten H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/13/2017 02:00:00

I have mixed feelings about this product.

The Good

  • The system is simple, and good for beginners / kids. I like Stunts Points, which save combat from becoming a dull affair.
  • The concept of the setting is great. Pirates, dragons, ancient ruins, necromantic magic, savage natives, sea monsters, etc. I normally don't like swashbuckling, but this captures my imagination.

The Bad

  • The book was clearly written in a hurry, probably as a quick-and-dirty summary of the larger Renaissance version. For example, the Table of Concents is missing 30 pages (pages 88-118); the ship statistics on page 57 contains terms that are not desxplained until page 82; the map contains location numbers, but the island location descriptions doesn't contain these numbers, so you'll have to translate back and forth via a separate location number<->name mapping table => a lot of page flipping.
  • While flavorful, there is too little information on the setting, so expect a lot of home-work in adventure creation (if you care about detail, that is). Island locations (of which there are many) have a write-up of only a few lines of text. Monsters get only one line. And the font is huge. You can easily read the entire product (134 pages) in a couple of hours.
  • Pictures are of below-average quality. The only nice picture is on the cover.
  • No detailed starting location/village, no starting adventure. All you get is some generic adventure seeds and hooks.
  • The names: Uropans (europeans), Esbanians (spaniards), Adalantic Ocean (Atlantic Ocean), etc. Its a detail, but I find such names to be lacking in imagination.

Overall rating: 3/5. Meh. Great promise, poor execution.

[3 of 5 Stars!]
OneDice Pirates & Dragons
Publisher: Cakebread & Walton
by christopher c. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/07/2014 14:18:37

Awesome read, wonderful game! Simple yet intelligent rules ! Would love to see modules and solo tables for those of us who do not have groups !

[5 of 5 Stars!]
OneDice Pirates & Dragons
Publisher: Cakebread & Walton
by David C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/04/2014 13:24:20

Five reasons for Five Stars:

  1. The One Dice a Universal game system. Quick, easy, straightforward, but surprisingly robust rules light generic core mechanics.
  2. Pirates! Arr Maties, here there be pirates.
  3. Dragons! Flying, magic using, fire breathing, gold loving dragons.
  4. Extensive background. Almost the full background from the Pirates and Dragons Renaissance game is in this little book.
  5. Stand alone complete game. No need to buy the One Dice Universal core book or the Renaissance Pirates and Dragons book, this is a complete game.

One Dice provides a very quick to learn, easy to run system. The base mechanic is 1D6+Skills/Attributes vs Target Difficulty. It includes magic, character experience, skills, combat, ship bs ship combat and more.

Pirates and Dragons provides exactly what it says it does. Lots of pirates, from four different nationalities plus native Islanders, sea monsters, mythological beings, and of course Dragons! The setting is a riff on the Caribbean of the Golden Age of Piracy, but with magic, spirits, monsters and more. Little detail is given to the world beyond the basic setting, but that is covered in rich detail.

Each of the dragons detailed is a major personality with its own quirks. Some are worshipped by tribes of Islanders, at least one is Undead, some are shapeshifters.

For those who like the idea of Pirates and Dragons but want either a less expensive entry, or a lighter set of game mechanics I highly recommend One Dice Pirates and Dragons.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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