RPG Review – Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana

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So, What is it?

In 2015 Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: TNG + Thundercats Super Fan) created a Roleplaying show for Geek & Sundry on YouTube.

It was inspired by TV shows and movies such as the Heavy Metal movie, The Land of the Lost, Akira, and one of his most favourite shows Thundarr the Barbarian.

He approached Chris Pramas at Green Ronin Publishing about using his AGE system to run the show. Wil had previously used the system when he played Dragon Age on his Geek & Sundry show ‘Tabletop’.

Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana is the first expansion and adventure book that uses Chris Pramas’s AGE (Adventure Game Engine) system.

So, What’s the book like?

The book clocks in at 96 pages, divided up into 10 chapters. The book is full colour with pictures on nearly every page.

Chapters 1 & 2 detail the background to the world of Valkana and introduces a new race (the Saurians), some new rules, and equipment to the AGE System. Chapters 3 to 10 deal with the Titansgrave adventure itself.

If you want to relive the adventure as the characters used in the show, their stats are available at the back of the book.

Also included with the book was a full colour, double sided map of the game world, Valkana. On one side is the city of Nestora, and the other side is a World map of Valkana. Double thumbs up for that.

So, What does it play like?

If you watched the Titansgrave show on Geek & Sundry or on YouTube then there won’t be any surprises for you.

If you haven’t, then the plot of the adventure is basically to stop an ancient evil from rising again. I could go more into detail but I decided to go ‘Spoiler Free’ in this post.

I will say that in the book there is more locations, characters and encounters that weren’t in the show due to time constraints.

Titansgrave uses the AGE system, with a few tweaks to give it a Sci- Fi fantasy twist. You still use 3 six sided dice and mechanics as used in Fantasy AGE. They have added a ‘Legendary Stunt’ to the game, if you roll 3 sixs on your dice, you can perform a ‘Stunt’ that will be remembered for all time.

Verdict

Although I haven’t had a chance to play thru the adventure yet, I did watch the series on Geek & Sunry. The adventure adds to the Core rules by adding a new race, talents, focuses and equipment. It offers a new world to roleplay in and to explore. It even mentions a Batman-esque character, that you could base an adventure on.

The artwork in the book is brill and the inclusion of a fold out map is great. If you have the Fantasy AGE rulebook then it’s a no brainer, get it. I’ld still recommend it even if you didnt use the AGE system.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

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