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Galaxy Prime - A Scifi Roleplaying Epic
by Alejandro P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/26/2012 20:54:42
I disagree with Gary's assessment. This game is awesome. The mechanics are so easy and intuitive, you can tell that it has been play-tested extensively. And you can play it over and over again because there are so many choices of characters you can play. Gary correctly points out that there are many similarities to Star Wars. If you read the author's description, he started writing this RPG before there ever was a Star Wars RPG! And let me tell you as someone who has played both, this one is better. Primarily, I would say because you have more room for imagination in this universe. You don't have to play within George Lucas' fantasy world -- you can make your own. Sure, the book itself has some idiosyncrasies but it's like buying a 1st edition Gary Gygax...this one is going to be a cult classic!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Galaxy Prime - A Scifi Roleplaying Epic
by Gary W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/10/2011 10:01:51
Galaxy Prime seems very promising, including among other selling points 36 (!) playable races. That's really why I bought the product. Then you get to those races, and your worst fears are confirmed: yep, they are anthropomorphic Earth animals. There's your bear alien, your turtle alien, your bird alien (you want an owl or a cardinal?), several types of lizard and insect aliens, and one guy that kinda looks like Wolverine. There are no humans, as the game is set in Galaxy Prime, which is apparently not this galaxy. Some of the species are given no illustrations and some have no descriptions.

This might have been forgivable, had the rationale behind the evolutions of these species been explained, or their societies and cultures developed in great and non-cliched detail. But no. Each species is given about a paragraph of description (at most), and then game stats. And the descriptions are no great shakes: warrior races, peaceful races, commerice-obsessed aliens, etc. The whole game is a mess of sci-fi cliches.

But ok, so writing a sci-fi game is partly the process of deciding what sci-fi tropes you want to use and hopefully make your own. So you keep reading GP. Then you come to the Kinet, "the latent energies
circulating throughout the universe and those who are skilled in its use'." They didn't, did they? Yes, they did:

"This new coven came to be known as the Neuroth,
those who chose to use their abilities in tyrannical
ways and for personal gain. Those who remained
loyal to the original teachings retained
the moniker Kineticists."

It's the Force, complete with Light and Dark sides, Jedi and Sith. At this point, I had to stop reading GP.

The game mechanics are functional and percentile-based, no problem there. But the concepts of the game are just too thin and/or cliched for the taste of this reviwer. If none of this bothers you, and you want to play a Force-wielding grizzly bear, buy Galaxy Prime.

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
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