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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Roleplaying Game (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Core Rulebooks) [Hardcover]

C.J. Carella
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Eden Studios (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891153889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891153884
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once more unto the breach dear Slayer 3 Jun 2004
Format:Hardcover
Although I've only been a role-player for about 20/21 months I have been a Buffy fan since the show began all those 8/9 years ago. I first attempted to run a Buffy Role-Play using the White Wolf system, after the success of that session a friend, who played, lent me his version of this book.
I was instantly hooked and read it the same day. The full colour pictures, glorious quotes and mountains of information made it impossible to put down.
One of the best things, apart from the quotes, is the small set of 'Archetypes' that they give you to begin with to use as player characters, there's almost one of everything here. Along with season 5 stats for the main Buffy cast and rules on how to stat them back each season it makes every option possible.
Comprehensive rules for magic in the system along with several pre-made spells and rules for creating your own give any power-hungry Wicca or even an amateur witch the chance to flex there magical muscles while causing the 'Director' the least amount of confusion and hassle. The monsters section gives a guide, although not as in depth as the 'monster smackdown', to the classical baddies as well as full stats for the first 5 big bads. The last two chapters deal with the actual running of the game, the first of which being a guide on how to make your 'season' and how to split it up into it's different plot arcs and 'episodes'.
The final chapter gives you the first episode of a pre-made mini-season to start you off, subsequent episodes are continued in the other instalments of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy RPG - Top Game 27 Mar 2003
Format:Hardcover
Wow. As quite an aging roleplayer, it takes a lot to spark my interest in a new game. This is the first game since Deadlands to achieve this.
The first thing to notice is the layout and style. It captures the essence of Buffy (and I'm talking the good seasons here...not number 6), with quotes, background, and jokes from the show scattered about (including a cool Buffy-speak section).
The system (for all you mechanic junkies out there) is simple, yet effective, allowing for smooth gaming sessions, and quick pace of combat (heck..this is Buffy..it had to be quick). Ideas for how to explain a new slayer (in case you can't think yourself) are there, and the multi scale of PCs (Heroes and White Hats) allows for a well balanced team.
This is essential buying for any fan of the series, even if you have never played an RPG before, this is one game that will get you starting. Trust me, I have been a fan since the rather camp movie all those years ago, and now, at the tender age of 30, am starting off a campaign for my fellow fans of the show to play through.
Fun, easy to learn, and 'faith'ful to the show, buy this game now, and then buy the supplements as they come out (Slayer's Handbook, Monster Smackdown, Magic Shop), as they all look pure quality!!
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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At the beginning of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Core Rulebook," writer and designer C. J. Carella acknowledges that the reader of this volume could just as easily be a Buffy fanatic as a veteran of role playing games. Indeed, Carella considers it a safe assumption that anyone who gets to page 194 of this volume is a fan of the show (but he sees advantages for those who are not). Of course, I am the former, although I do remember an evening with college friends trying unsuccessfully to get me hooked on Dungeon & Dragons and my daughter and I have attempted the Buffy the Vampire CCG game a few times (I am happy just to collect the cards). Certainly, Carella has put together a gorgeous volume. On top of that, the role playing game, part of the Unisystem, might actually prove to be fun as well.
The "BtVS RPG" covers a lot of ground (by its own admission), from rules to stats to descriptions to backgrounds. There are eight chapters and an appendix: (1) "It's the Slayer's World, We Just Play Here" contains introductory sections, notes about role playing, a list of conventions, and a brief recap of Seasons One through Five of the television series (note, breakdown is by season rather than episode specific); (2) "Some Assembly Required" covers character creation and provides the game stats for the main characters as well as a gallery of Archetypes (e.g.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I do not have to play the game to enjoy the Core Rulebook 1 Jan 2003
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At the beginning of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Core Rulebook," writer and designer C. J. Carella acknowledges that the reader of this volume could just as easily be a Buffy fanatic as a veteran of role playing games. Indeed, Carella considers it a safe assumption that anyone who gets to page 194 of this volume is a fan of the show (but he sees advantages for those who are not). Of course, I am the former, although I do remember an evening with college friends trying unsuccessfully to get me hooked on Dungeon & Dragons and my daughter and I have attempted the Buffy the Vampire CCG game a few times (I am happy just to collect the cards). Certainly, Carella has put together a gorgeous volume. On top of that, the role playing game, part of the Unisystem, might actually prove to be fun as well.
The "BtVS RPG" covers a lot of ground (by its own admission), from rules to stats to descriptions to backgrounds. There are eight chapters and an appendix: (1) "It's the Slayer's World, We Just Play Here" contains introductory sections, notes about role playing, a list of conventions, and a brief recap of Seasons One through Five of the television series (note, breakdown is by season rather than episode specific); (2) "Some Assembly Required" covers character creation and provides the game stats for the main characters as well as a gallery of Archetypes (e.g., New Slayer, Demon Hunter, and Former Vampire Groupie); (3) "Rules, Borders, and an End Zone" provides the rules of the game, teaching you how to play the game, when to use dice, detailing character development, and explaining the importance of Drama Points; (4) "Playing With Primal Forces" explains the upside and the downside of magic in the Buffyverse; (5) "Sunnydale After Dark" goes over both the favorite hotspots in and around the home of the Hell Mouth and the major Guest Stars of the show such as Joyce, Amy, Jonathan, etc.; (6) "Children of the Night" covers all of the vamps, demons, and other Big Bads from the show's first five seasons, providing such great details as character motivation (e.g., Glorificus wants to go home but Drusilla is just a "Whimsical nutjob"); (7) "Episodes, Seasons and Drama" is for the Director of the game and provides guidelines on how to create storylines and run games; and (8) "Sweeps Week" provides an actual adventure for the "BtVS RG" game, to be played with the Archetypes. Finally, the "Appendix" helps you hone your Buffyspeak and also provides useful charts and tables, a glossary, an index and conversion notes from other Unisystem games.
Christopher Golden, who has written some of the best "BtVS" novels along with the comic book and "The Watcher's Guides," writes the Foreword to this volume, which is basically a teaser for a role playing game. My son, who has considerably more experience with role playing games than I do, assures me this is fairly basic stuff and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is a natural for this sort of fun. It is well established that "BtVS" is my favorite television show and I am fascinated by the details for the role playing game Carella has developed (e.g., the idea that guidelines are providing for "Breaking Things" tickles me). I also like the idea that playing the game can be developed in terms of Episodes and Seasons as well, providing a grand narrative structure to the fighting and biting. For those who love both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and role playing games, this Core Rulebook as to be a treat.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book 15 Nov 2002
By John W. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As usual for Eden Studios, this book is visually stunning. It's a joy to just look at. Combined with its review of the first five seasons of the show and the large ammount of backgroun material, the book could be of interest even to non-gamers. As an rpg, it's quite fun. Using a streamlined version of C.J. Carella's Unisystem, the mechanics run fast and fun. They simulate the "reality" of the show well and are easy to learn and use. The GM can run the game without needing to roll a single die if desired. As to characters, you can play Buffy and Co. or you can design your own Scooby Gang with or without a Slayer. It all depends on how canon you want your game to be. While the book supports modern day games, it can easily be set in different time periods. I'm running a game with just my wife in which she plays a Slayer in a pulp-adventure style 1930s setting. The only limit is your own imagination.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource but the cost and game system drop it a star. 12 Mar 2003
By Charles S. Holzheimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been a role-player for over 20 years now and have easily read over 50 different game systems. This book is HEAVY on atmosphere but a little lacking in providing game mechanics. There is enough here for a very experienced GM to run a game but new or moderately experienced GMs may have trouble jumping in and handling the game system. My players had a hard time understanding that you may not play out every kick and punch, especially when the action is so fast and furious in the TV show.
I also found the price high for a basic RPG book. Getting it through Amazon garners you no discount either. The cover price is [money amount]and you pay exactly that (luckily it's cost gets you free shipping).
Don't get me wrong, this is a great time and they really do capture the feeling of Sunnydale and its various personalities. Don't go into this game thinking it will be easy to master in a heartbeat. Give it some time, read it thoroughly several times and then go for it!
5.0 out of 5 stars great deal 19 Mar 2014
By cyanbloodbayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Book has so.e damage to the cover, but inside the book looks brand new. Can't wait to start playing this RPG.
1.0 out of 5 stars A Warning to all Amazon cutomers ! 3 Feb 2010
By Sarah4Now - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
**WARNING** Do not buy this book from any seller in the Amazon.com third party "Marketplace". If you do so, you just end up wasting your money and going through a lot of unnecessary stress. This book is not legitimately available from any Amazon seller.

I have tried to buy this book six different times, from at least four different sellers. And each time I have received the wrong book. Each time I've ordered the Buffy the Vampire Slayer CORE RULEBOOK and received the SLAYER'S HANDBOOK in it's place.

The first time this occurred, the seller explained that he had made a legitimate mistake and had actually sold the CORE RULEBOOK before I ordered it. By odd coincidence, I received the SLAYER'S HANDBOOK in this case as well.

The next three times I tried to order the CORE RULEBOOK I ordered it from two different sellers (twice from goHastings, and once from another seller). And in all three cases I received the SLAYER'S HANDBOOK, and not the CORE RULEBOOK.

The CORE RULEBOOK to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer roleplaying game is not available on Amazon.com, from any seller. If you try to order this book, you will go through the same problem I have. You will receive the SLAYER'S HANDBOOK in place of the CORE RULEBOOK. The seller will then explain that some mix-up with the ISBN numbers on Amazon caused them to ship you the SLAYER'S HANDBOOK.

If you look up the ISBN numbers on Amazon, there is no such mistake.

This seems to be a problem that cannot be fixed, even by the Amazon company it's self. So, don't even waste your time trying to get a copy of this book from this site.

It's more trouble than it's worth...
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