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  • By exile
    May 17, 2011
    Simple, approachable, balanced. Myriad covers what you need and leaves out what you don't. I downloaded the PDF and experimented with it. As many reviews mention, this is a toolkit you use to build your own game, rather than a "polished" ready-to-run RPG of its own. But all the basic pieces are there, modularly assembled so that you can use or replace any bit. The fundamentals are solid, but fairly abstract. This is a mechanics set for shared storytelling that brings in a basic framework for the goodies like combat, but don't expect a simulation of ballistics and physics here. Everything is a straightforward, logical framework for you to build from. The extended edition is definitely worth the purchase if you like the PDF, providing many concrete examples for race, background, and career templates that are bit vague or confusing in the PDF. The additional rules are nice to haves, staying balanced to the core system. Myriad is very, very fast to play at the table as well,... More > with a very low learning curve compared to "big box" RPG systems. The d6 dice-pool system is flexible enough, and the special effects implementation focuses a spotlight on the moments where characters excel nicely. Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of Myriad is how the "conflict" engine is adaptable to more than melee, ranged, and firearms combat. There is a workable *social* combat system which encourages in-character at-table theatrics, where player strike to out-"Quote", out-wit, and out-riposte each other verbally and one-up each other and the GM, which feels a lot like a game of Baron Munchausen when things get really rolling. I have not had the nerve to try the suggested application of the conflict system to "initimate encounters" but... having seen how it works for other "success/fail" conflicts, I can easily see it working and being at least an amusing event when run. Myriad is good stuff, freely available, and openly licensed under *far better* terms than the D20 System Trademark License/Open Game License, especially after the upgrade to D20 4th edition. The free PDF lets a cash-strapped GM equip the whole table with the game directly. The PDF also works great in an e-reader for gaming-on-the-go. Many thanks to Ashok Desai for the work to create this, and the courage to release it so freely! It is definitely appreciated, especially for the time-savings of not having to balance my own system by hand! Get this and use it and make it your own games from now on.< Less
  • By Jonathan Gwilliams
    Oct 12, 2006
    "Myriad Standard Version is FREE!" If you're considering purchasing this game book but would like to get an idea of what it contains first, the standard version of Myriad is available FREE on this site! The standard version contains everything you need to design and set up your own Myriad system game, but excludes the bonus material contained in the print edition.
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Product Details

Extended Edition
Jonathan Gwilliams
October 25, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.57 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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