Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ironclaw

Iron Liz reviews Ironclaw, the anthropomorphic animal game...about furries.


23 comments:

  1. Well! Nice to see a review that's impartial to Ironclaw for once. I'm curious if you've checked out its sister game, Jadeclaw, though.

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  2. Your talk about the setting and content reminded me of the infamous F.A.T.A.L. and it's claim to being "the most difficult, detailed, realistic and historically/mythically accurate role-playing game available." I just find it amusing that a so-called "adult" game fails so horrifically where a so-called "furry" game succeeds.

    But then again, "adult" content is usually the refuge of the most immature and banal, whereas stuff that would seemingly be for a younger audience (I doubt Ironclaw would fit such a classification except via the most superficial of analysis) is capable of more depth and maturity.

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  3. i think you're so mature and brave to bring something like this up, since I know that you'll probably get anti furry comments. As for the RPG itself, sounds pretty interesting and its good to see an RPG get an A! :3

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  4. Awesome game Liz. I've played both it and JadeClaw, both very interesting and fun systems. And yay! You shop at the Source! I miss that store.

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  5. There's nothing mature about FATAL. I have to wonder at a game that let's you play as a pedophile rapist...as well as the people who'd want to play it.

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  6. Well, I was listening your "The Thing" rant/review and when I finished, up pops a new review! Talk about timing.

    I have to say I'm surprised by your description of the game so far: in most RPGs (I know of), settings tend to be fleshed out in other books, with the main manual usually containing just the bare minimum necessary to play. The character creation system is interesting with the "motto mechanic", encouraging creativity when making a character by having an actual in-game reward with additional XP, something I've seen only rarely in games.
    The "damage" system reminds me a lot SWD6 (nice series of videos, btw) and the Storyteller system, albeit with actual "damage points".
    The "personal quests" system and experience being rewarded by having an AAR is also an interesting system, the former for simplifying XP rewards and the latter because it encourage something that allow GMs to improve the campaign.
    I never thought I'd be interested in this game, but your review changed that. Too bad pretty much everyone I know either plays D&D or Cyberpunk 2020 exclusively (and even then, rarely: last RPG I played was months ago).

    Anyway, good luck tackling Battletech! I've always had a passing interest in it, mainly for the mix between believable sci-fi, giant robots, sci-fi that's more fiction than science, and the setting, so I'm really looking forward to the review.

    Finally, and I have to ask you to excuse my ignorance, but what is the story (if any) behind that Hellsing book you tossed at the start, and showed again at the end?

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  7. I actually just bought a version of Jadeclaw, and absolutely love the book. As a sister game to Ironclaw, I can honestly say that it's one of the better games I have ever added to my collection.

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  8. Hey Liz, despite you really making the case for Ironclaw. I don't know if I ever garner interest for any of my roleplaying buddies to play this game if only because of the lingering presence of the elephant in the room. Because of this point I regretfully must disagree and say Ironclaw, due to the polarizing nature of antromorph/furry fandom does make this a niche game only because of the community it was made for and would attract. Sorry.

    Brandon D.

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  9. I own the hardcover copy, I've just never had an opportunity to play it at all. It's good to know that I made a good choice, and I hope I get to play it sometime soon!

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  10. I was looking forward to this review since you announced it at the end of your Buck Rogers review.

    My version of Ironclaw appears to be an older edition, as character creation has been altered. In my copy, you assign a d4, a d6, two d8s, a d10 and a d12 to the same attributes. Also, all of the jobs were in the same section (well, almost.) In addition, it looks like they really improved the content. In the version I have, the focus of the content is mainly on the history of the world and the city of Triskellian. If you wanted more than the basics, you had to find and buy the supplements (yes there were supplements, and yes, I found them at a furry convention.) Otherwise, the island of Calabria feels very much like a blank slate: it's only as good as what you put on it.

    I tried running a game for my brother and his friends. They had fun with character creation. I remember that there was a rhinocerous paladin, an armadillo, and I think my brother was playing a ferret rogue. Sadly, it didn't go too well because I was not well prepared.

    But it looks like I should pick up the new edition, seeing as how you outlined all the benefits and gave it such a great review.

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  11. I was excited to see Iron Claw getting reviewed, but now you are covering BattleTech too? Christmas has come early!

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  12. Great review, Liz! I've been curious about this game since I saw it on a friend's shelf when I was on a cross-country trip years ago. You described the game in such a way that an utter pen 'n paper noob like me can understand. You answered just about every question I could have asked about it too!

    As a note! You can also download a PDF or order hard copies of Ironcalw from Lulu.com.

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  13. First off, good review, just wondering, I'm noticing you're still having a problem with your clips jerking around a bit. It's only certain clips so I'm assuming it's a problem with the video and not my playback of it. A good example happened with the clip of the skunk from the sims. Anyway, the point is I think the problem might be that you're using 25 frame per second footage (the PAL standard) and putting the rest of the video in 30 fps? If i'm wrong and you've already thought of this, my apologies. If not, google squared5 it's a freeware video reencoder, very useful and should be able to sort that out.

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  14. Hey Liz, have you ever played a system called HARP (by Iron Crown Enterprises)? It's one of my absolute favorite systems and I think it definitely deserves a review.

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  15. Last time I was in a game shop states side - I now live in Eastern Europe - I saw a copy of IronClaw on the shelves. They must have specially ordered it.

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  16. My wife and I went to a con, and found both Ironclaw (the older version) and Jadeclaw, which we bought. I'm a fan of eastern settings so I HAD to have Jadeclaw. In the new veresion of Ironclaw, is it possible to use characters from Jadeclaw? Kinda like the idea of my wandering panda monk...or even characters from their other property, Usagi?

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  17. I allready thought about buying this game but I have question I wasn't able to fins an Answer on the Internet.

    What is the minimum numper of players to play an Ironclaw group?

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  18. The minimum number of people to play for most games is 2 player characters and one game master.

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  19. Heya Liz, great review.

    I don't think my gaming group would play this, but i'm definately gonna grab a copy.

    On the subject of Anthro RPGs, have you ever come across the 'Mouse Guard' RPG? its pretty cool. one of the best things it does theough, is that it uses the first volume of the comic it is based on as an example campaign, with each of the characters being a PC and one character not being in the first issue because her 'player' was not there.

    is pretty cool.

    anyways, good review, looking forward to Battletech. ^__^

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  20. I have to say I am surprised you didn't mention the "Favored Use" rules for skills and equipment when talking about mechanics.

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  21. Really enjoying these, and I'm looking forward to some of the other potential games you might be able to do in the future.

    I've not had the chance to play either Iron Claw or Jade Claw, but both looked interesting and if I ever manage to get a group together again (it was so much easier back in college and high school *sighs*) I may have to give one a run.
    Funny enough better gaming stores will stock more obscure stuff like this around Diamond. For example I've seen both Iron Claw and Burning Wheel books at Bookery Fantasy in Fairborn, OH... admittedly it's only been a couple times each, and may have been canceled special orders, but still.

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  22. You might wanna check into a game called justifiers. Back in college I used to play this alot. The game starts the player out as a Vat grown animal human hybrid. You are owned by one of the many corporations you find in the game. You eventual can buy your freedom. Alot of animal types and powers or mutations as the game names them. I highly recommend looking into this game if you haven't already.

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  23. In case anyone is interested, while I was catching up on LordKat's videos, I stumbled upon this recording: http://blip.tv/lordkat/ironclaw-06-04-11-we-get-furry-5243510
    Ironclaw introductory session with the author game mastering.

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