Friday, December 21, 2018

Wearing the Cape: Operation Pole Star Review

I am a fan of Mr. Harmon's Wearing the Cape universe and quickly snatched up a copy of this product upon its release.  The supplement/adventure is 12 pages in length.  If you are familiar with the other Wearing the Cape RPG books and high production quality then you will enjoy the same level of attention and design with this book as well.  I enjoy Kasia Slupecka artwork from the cover and the continuity in with this book and the other RPG products.  Please keep in mind this is a FATE powered product and all game stats are recorded in the WtC:  RPG format, but can still be used with FATE Core as well.

The book includes an opening chapter addressing how Ole Saint Nick fits into the Post-Event world of WtC and sites examples of how to incorporate Santa into other type of campaigns.  Mr. Harmon then follows up plot ideas and area descriptions of the North Pole and story specific areas addressed by the adventure.  I was surprised to find several top down and 3D rendered maps of one of key areas within the adventure.  I like maps and find them very useful with my players in describing the areas they will be playing during an adventure.

The only item that kept me from giving this book 5 stars, is that despite Mr. Harmon presenting several ideas on how to approach the villainous plot. It is ultimately in true FATE fashion a loose suggestion of how to approach the story and leaves the specifics up to the individual game master.  It would have nice to have a few more fleshed out ideas and suggestions and more concrete path of play.  With that said, the Side bar texts do an excellent job of presenting options and ideas for the game master to explore during the play.

Our gaming group is playing this adventure on Christmas Eve and we are all looking forward to meeting Santa!  Thank you Mr. Harmon for this seasonally themed WtC adventure.

The game resource is currently available via Drivethrurpg for $2.99 

Pros (Things I like)

  • More Wearing the Cape products!
  • The art work is fantastic
  • The adventure includes Santa Claus
  • Excellent finish and game design quality

Cons (Things I don't like)

  • I would have liked to see more specifics on the actual adventure story and less of the freeform that naturally comes with FATE products.
  • That is about it...