Well, here it is - the 4th edition of WFRP has arrived and already people are divided about its quality. I'm going to take a look at this newest iteration of a classic RPG and give you my honest opinion on it.
|What a fantastic bunch of colorful characters!|
The lore portions of the book are very solid. From the letters, describing the Reikland province to various descriptions of player classes to flavor text, found next to each of said classes. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th edition delivers the goods, when it comes to creating the atmospheric, funny, tounge-in-cheek, but also suitably dark mood of this wonderful world. I especially like the quotes found in the player classes section. The Billy Idol/Morr reference is simply pure gold.
I'd also like to address the elephant in the room. You know - the "overly politically correct" elephant in the room. There are already cries that this edition of WFRP panders to SJW's, and that it's overly politically correct. There are lots of women presented on the artworks, as well as people of color, apparently living in the Empire. There's the "species" keyword, used instead of "race". That kind of stuff.
I couldn't care less. I have a very simple life philosophy, when it comes to these games: as long as they're good, enjoyable and well written, both lore and rules-wise, they can be as politically correct and SJW-friendly, as they wish. If anything, the wider cultural and racial diversity will help to break the, unfortunately all too common, notion of "there's only the Empire, I don't need anything else". To me, it's one of the biggest downsides of WFRP's overall community. It's really time to stop with this childish and archaic attitude.
I can already say that Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th edition is an objectively good game, if a little clunky when it comes to combat rules. However I will be discussing that particular part, later this year.
I can safely say that, when it comes to art, lore and overall presentation, the rulebook for the 4th edition of WFRP delivers the goods. So far so good.
Until next time, when I'll be discussing the available character classes and their pre-game creation.