Game Recommendation from Stile Teckel’s Game Room – Dragonlance Saga 5th Age
I haven’t done one of these for a while, and while it’s not something I want to take time for right now, I feel the need. It’s one of my more favorite articles. I mean – sharing games with gamers, how can I not love that?
This one also has some cross-over with some of my other hobbies and other crowds. Shroud of the Avatar, reading, and even movies!
This particular recommendation is for Dragonlance Saga. Of course, the big cross-over is that this RPG pen and paper style game is set in the Dragonlance Universe. Tracy Hickmany, Shroud of the Avatar developer and author, was one of the creators of this fantasy universe.
This system is an RPG system made by TSR in which they did away with the traditional dice, and instead you have a hand of cards. It does not use a traditional card deck but instead they created their own. You will find some commonalities regarding having suits and other things. Additionally, they created a unique spin on your hit points also relating directly to your health size.
Not the only universe TSR did this system with they also created Marvel Saga, which was set in the Marvel Game world that they created as a dice-based RPG. The card system served as a reboot for that as well.
I think it did not get nearly enough respect when it was out. I’ve played both Marvel and Dragonlance Saga extensively and while I agree they can have some serious balance issues, if you have a good GM, put those aside, this game offers fun and unique away to approach your success and failures regarding mechanics.
I do in fact have this game in my game room and it is one I collected. I have everything ever produced directly for it as well as a lot of other material that only has small or minor references to it.
They did do a “deck” expansion for it so you could buy extra card packs. Those came with a random adventure module. There was a total of four made, so you get one in four per deck. I have one of the decks so have one module. Whether I will acquire the last three remains highly in doubt! If I ever do, I can call the collection truly complete.
Alas, while I have played it extensively I have yet ever to run it or put my collection to use. It will happen one day!
You have a core set and a LOT of expansions. Something TSR was great for!
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