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Arvaniz Cristian H. I don't trust my english, objectivity, prose, or organizing skills. So, instead of doing a Review I start this thread, which is becoming longer as I write it flashback humor. For years I grew resentful of spanish translations of RPGs. It seemed that the translators didn't have any respect for the material, and did, not a lousy, but an AWFUL job especially some Planescape books, argh!
But this is not the case. As seen in the introduction to Captain Alatriste RPG, those working at Devir the publishers have a great respect and love for the hobby, for they are gamers, besides editors. And more, this is not a translation, but an original work. The price. Maybe it will seem a little bit materialistic, but one of the things that first drew my attention to this book was the price. I bought it for 75 pesos 25 US dollars in a local store.
Consider that in Spain they sell it for 33 euros Binding and presentation. You can open it completely in a flat surface and it doesn't even creak. It's much better bound than most old World of Darkness rulebooks I love them, but I don't trust their binding. It even has a map of 17th century Madrid contemporary? For newbies. This games aims not only for the usual RPers, but also for readers of the Captain Alatriste novels, and anyone else who is interested.
Is it improv theater? What are the dice used for? Who wins? Where does RPing come from? What if I become nuts and believe I'm my character? It also has two glossaries, one for game terms and another of spanish slang.
But, no index. The rules. Well, then, you know almost everything about this system, also. It's extremely similar and much lighter. This lighter version is a perfect match for Captain Alatriste. Just a couple of highlights: It has an Appearance modifier to social rolls this is based on the shallowness of spanish society in that period.
This modifier takes into account physical aspect, charisma, social status, honour, manners, clothes worn and weapons carried villanous weapons carry a penalty. It's easier to calculate than it sounds, though. The crunch is in a nice system detailing real fencing maneuvers 16 in total , which are described accompanied by little drawings showing the movements for each one the maneuvers are bought with points that come from the Swordsman and Fencing Classes Advantages; a starting character could learn up to six maneuvers.
From a distance this section looks like taken from a fencing manual! The text in this book is witty and with a temper. Here we have the classic archetypes of swashbuckling stories, even the Cloaked Lady as Milady de Winter , but even the heroes are grittier and nastier than your classic musketteer.
Captain Alatriste is not D'Artagnan, but nothing prevents you from playing such a character, the same as you can play Aragorn in Forgotten Realms without much fuss.
CARPG has a lot of historical data on 17th century Spain and it's society full chapters for both of them. It also pays much attention to the weapons and equipment of the time, especially for fencing.
For example, it distinguishes between a "Rapier" and a "Friend-slaying Rapier" a slightly longer, villanous version, with a bonus to attack rolls and a penalty to Appearance. Where to find it. I don't think it will be easy if at all possible to find it in the US or Canada. You can also ask them if an english translation will be forthcoming and when.
If you have any further questions, you can ask me in this thread. Oh, by the way, did I say that all of this is in just pages? I'm a bad reviewer Last edited: Mar 13, I'm reading the first Alatriste novel in translation right now, and loving it. An English translation would be great, but I'm not sure if the publishers would consider it worth the risk the grim fate of the translated Agone and Metabarons , though we just started getting the translations of the novels, and Perez-Reverte's doing pretty well in US bookstores.
And there's the movie coming out Aesthete A for Aeffort Validated User. Excellent review thanks. You might want to remove the brackets from the link to the publisher as you don't actually get anywhere useful when you click on it.
Aesthete said:. Just from looking at the website a few days ago, that game has some really nice artwork. Yes, Joan Mundet's drawings are reminiscent of classic european comics. Well, actually, he worked in some of those Each one of the four main chapters begins with a two-page drawing by Mundet. And the cover Depicting Diego Alatriste and Gualterio Malatesta in a duel!
You can see the detailed guard in Alatriste's dagger. Overall an excellent production, this book. Particularly for a small I suppose publisher, at least compared to the big ones in the US. I second the love for Alatriste RPG.
I was blown away by the book's quality. Fencing Masters "Maestros de Esgrima" is also a cool book. Looks like the authors did some serious research for it. BTW, did the Madrid sourcebook come out?
Validated User. The last thing to come out for the game was Maestros de Esgrima has more sword maneuvers for the spanish school "La Destreza Verdadera", and a small adventure with some historical facts about the spanish school in the middle a story of a disciple that steal fame and fortune from the master, and the rivalry into the old and new schools, with duels everywhere to prove who has the better style, all more or less "true" And thats all we got. Arvaniz said:. You must log in or register to reply here.
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Capitan Alatriste - Maestros de Esgrima (Spanish)
Bienvenido pues al Madrid de Alatriste. From the back of the book in English He was not the msot honest nor the most pius man, but he was a brave man With this words the enthusiasts of the adventures novels were introduced to Captain Alatriste in november This rulebook picks up in its pages all the emotion, intrigues and danger that the reader felt when he followed the adventures of Diego Alatriste in the novels.
[Captain Alatriste RPG] First Impressions
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