The fifth edition of the World of Darkness RPG Hunter: The Reckoning is out.
Hunter uses the Storyteller system and is a tabletop roleplaying game about desperate measures against devastating dangers.
You saw what you shouldn’t have, the veil pulled back from the secret world and the monsters who prowl it. You chronicled the tragedies they wrought, these monsters, and the victims upon whom they preyed. You grasped the extent of their influence and witnessed the corruption of the organizations formed to keep them in check. And you vowed to do something about it. Tonight, you act. It’s time for a Reckoning.
The Renegade Game Studios publication introduces Hunters into the fifth edition of World of Darkness and has chapters for character gen, the supernatural threats the Hunters will square up against as well as rival organisations.
Two weeks back, in Routinely Itemised: 161, we had the initial reviews for Hunters, which were good.
Rob Wieland said;
Hunter: The Reckoning is a solid entry into the monster hunting genre for tables that want that desperate feeling of being alone in the dark.
Rob described the game’s desperation mechanic as an interesting mash of the Hunger mechanic from Vampire and Alien RPG’s stress dice system.
Hunter, the RPG, also got a Kotaku review from Claire Jackson. Claire didn’t hold back and said;
This Tabletop Horror RPG Will Have You Putting Away D&D
Claire also notes you don’t need to know the World of Darkness to pay Hunter. The game is about characters figuring stuff out and the Storyteller only needing to know a little more. You can go deeper into the setting together if you want.
However, reviews on DriveThurRPG are mixed and contrast against a price of $38.50 for the PDF.
Whereas Kotaku Claire saw it as a strength you did not need to know about the World of Darkness, Kai D did not. In a review, Kai says;
H5 is rules-light (even more so than V5), the metaplot is almost completely ignored (again to an even greater extent than in V5) and the game wants you play street-level Hunters while lambasting every other kind of Hunter to an almost absurd degree. Hundreds upon hundreds of words are spent on how bad and untrustworthy Hunters like the ones working for the Second Inquisition or well-known organizations like Orpheus or Arcanum are.
Renegade has made a game preview available from DriveThruRPG, a common request. That sample shows 10 pages, including the front cover, the table of contents, and sample pages, including a Hunter Lexicon.
Authors include Daniel Braga, Karim Huammar, Pam Puzaland, and Justin Achilli. Justin is the Creative Lead at Paradox, the publisher that owns and maintains the World of Darkness.
- Download Hunter: The Reckoning.
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