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Shards of the Exalted Dream
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/18/2012 09:05:03
With a wealth of new, alternative settings for Exalted, as well as simplified Astrology rules, chase rules, firearms, cars, new Charms, new Primordials... it's an excellent product, truly on par with the high quality of work I've come to expect from this team. While certainly not a must-have, it has elements that can easily be added to any existing campaign, and would enrich any setting, whether or not it utilizes the new settings presented. A+, as usual.

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Masters of Jade
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/07/2012 12:51:07
For a very long time, since First Edition, Exalted has lacked a comprehensive, cohesive financial system, abstracting the mechanics of purchases through the Resources background and leaving large portions of the resultant bargaining to GM discretion. This has been frustrating to some players, especially since Bureaucracy is one of the Abilities on the character sheet. Without a functional Bureaucracy system, many players found the acquisition of wealth or the domination of mercantile empires to be an unsatisfying endeavor fraught with handwavium. Moreover, one of the major economic organizations in Creation, the Guild, has had little to no description, leaving it a toothless spectre of a threat, a faceless antagonist without much real punch.

All that has changed with the release of Masters of Jade, the latest release in the Exalted line. Ostensibly (and functionally) a sourcebook detailing the Guild from the lowest slave to the highest hierarch, it additionally provides a new system for representing organizational interactions. Produced by the Ink Monkeys we fans have come to know and love, the book is a full and imaginative look at the world of Exalted through the lens of a Creation-spanning organization dedicated to financial domination.

From a personal standpoint, this book is a masterpiece, a shining victory. Fans have long been clamoring for a system for Bureaucracy that makes the Eclipse caste a useful entity outside their anima power. Not only does this book deliver in spades, with a new system that interacts well with the existing Solar Bureaucracy Charms, it also uses that system to model large-scale military actions (using War), social actions (finally giving Socialize something to do), and criminal organizations (making Larceny useful outside the immediate, personal arena). It gives a system for detailing the specifics of a world-spanning organization from top to bottom, including subsidiary organizations, as well as starting businesses and an economic model for competition and assimilation.

All this is in addition to the frankly breathtaking detail given to the Guild and its policies, activities, mindset, and allies. Long have fans wondered how a mortal organization (and make no mistake, the Guild is predominantly run by mortals who remain free of supernatural influence) can exist in the face of the existence of the Exalted, and Masters of Jade delivers with broad strokes and pinpoint accuracy in equal measure. It gives an amazing toolbox to the GM to offer competition and challenge to players who wish to compete with the Guild, as well as detailing out the articulate and imposingly Byzantine structure that prevents supernatural beings from simply waltzing in and taking over. If that weren’t enough, the plot hooks fall like fruit from this book, with nearly every paragraph suggesting some amazing new bit of the world never seen before. And all of that is in addition to the hints of things to come, including a new type of Exalt.

All in all, this book is a must have for anyone who wishes to utilize some of the more decrepit Abilities on the character sheet. It is a fantastic read, pleasant from cover to cover, and it fleshes out the mechanics and setting in ways I would never have imagined possible. Five stars, two thumbs up.

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The Compass of Celestial Directions, Vol. VI - Autochthonia [SUBSCRIPTION]
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/11/2011 15:15:09
An excellent product filling a gaping niche, the Compass of Celestial Directions: Autochthonia is a critically important and well-written discourse on the life and society of the world-body of Autochthon. Long left without clear definition, Autochthonia is a wealth of stories, and literally a world to itself. As many books as have been written about Creation could be written about Autochthonia. At last, we have a chance to see the cities of the Great Maker, to see what the people of Autochthonia are like, and to develop the background we need to make Alchemical Exalted that feel as lifelike as the Celestials and Terrestrials we already have. A must-have for anyone who plans to involve the Alchemicals in their stories.

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The Broken-Winged Crane
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/10/2010 17:46:50
Absolutely satisfying, 100%. Everything I expected, and more. This book contains all new materials for Infernals, including a comprehensive charmset for Kimbery, apotheosis Charms, and (finally!) Infernal hearthstones! For its content, its price is absurdly cheap. This is, without exaggeration, the best five dollars you will ever pay for Exalted material, hands down. A must-have for anyone who plays (or enjoys) Infernals. 10/10, five stars, etc. etc.

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Under the Rose
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/22/2010 08:52:45
This is an excellent product supplement, a pre-published adventure that functions simultaneously as a detailed look at one of the setting's most important and iconic locations. It makes my mouth water even more in anticipation of the Return of the Scarlet Empress supplement. It has enough crunch to be worth getting, even if you never use the published adventure, and since it's free, there's no good reason not to get it.

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Debris from the Fallen Races
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/24/2010 15:46:15
As usual, White Wolf has released an excellent product. This overflow material includes Terrestrial and Celestial Martial Arts Styles, a new Pattern for Mountain Folk, and a number of new Darkbrood races and Artifacts. An excellent addition to any game involving the Dragon Kings or Mountain Folk, and I thoroughly recommend it!

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Thousand Correct Actions
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/04/2010 13:03:23
Five stars, no question! An absolute necessity for anyone using the Manual of Exalted Power: Dragon-Blooded. It smoothly and effectively integrates new Charms with errata to previous mechanics, clarifies outstanding questions, and includes fabulous fictional excerpts from the in-world book of the same name. While the fictions focuses primarily on warfare, the book is broadly applicable to any Dragon-Blooded player or GM! Two thumbs way, way up!

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Glories of the Most High: The Unconquered Sun
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/05/2009 11:29:35
Practically perfect in every way! Not only does this book give stats for the Unconquered Sun (stats which make him a well-rounded and sympathetic individual instead of a giant, cosmic jerk), it also includes new Charms for Solars and Abyssals as well as a new Celestial Martial Art! Five stars!

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Glories of the Most High: Luna
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/05/2009 11:28:11
Like the other Glories books, this is a must have. Not only does it appropriately give stat blocks for Luna (including her unique Panoply Charms), it also has additional Charms and Knacks for Lunar Exalted, as well as a brand new Martial Arts style! Wonderfully written, and a genuine need for any game.

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Glories of the Most High: The Maidens of Destiny
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/05/2009 11:26:24
This is one of the (three) best supplements White Wolf has ever produced. With full stat blocks for the Five Maidens, including their unique Charms, as well as additional Martial Arts styles and Greater Astrology for Sidereal Exalted, this is a must-have for any game!

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Exalted Second Edition
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jesse C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/21/2009 08:53:04
This is an excellent book, and while it is better in actual book form, the PDF allows access to rules even while away from my library. An excellent read for an excellent system.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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