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Fabula Ultima TTJRPG
 
€16,72
Average Rating:4.9 / 5
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Fabula Ultima TTJRPG
Publisher: Need Games
by Gregory R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/31/2022 20:57:47

Huge fan of this system. I'll keep it brief-ish:

  • It is delightfully structured; chapters flow well into the next, topically and in terms of information presentation (learn THIS, then learn THIS, etc.).
  • It is easy to read; the font and color scheme is easy on the eyes for long duration reading and referencing.
  • It is well formatted; information is presented cleanly and not in giant blocky chunks of mind-numbing text.
  • It is thematically on point; the art, flavor, and mechanics are beautifully evocative of the genre.
  • The system is delightfully simple while also allowing a great breadth of character archetypes. I can figure out a way to create nearly every character from the games of my youth with the way choosing your classes works.

This is the single best JRPG emulating game I have yet seen and it is an absolute delight to just sit and read it, which I have done from cover to cover easily a dozen times now. You can tell it was made with love and it shines through in every page. I love this game and I can't wait to see what else the creators make for it.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Fabula Ultima TTJRPG
Publisher: Need Games
by Stephen B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/28/2022 09:51:37

I was pretty hesitant to pick this game up. I thought Ryuutama was a cool game and beautifully executed, but just wasnt my cup of tea. I'm running a mermaid game for my two kids and their friend, ages 5-8 and had done some tweaks to D&D 5e to make the game flexible and intuitive, but it was all house ruled (lots of inspiration from Professor Dungeon Master and ICRPG). I decided to give Fabula Ultima a look, not just the Press Start freebie stuff, but the core rules. Man. My opinion of the game was a full 180. Character creation is a blast, creating monsters inspired by the JRPG greats. The tools they provide in the game NPC design and item design are great! I just swapped out the 5e ruleset for Fabula Ultima for that mermaid game and it's looking slick. I have yet to play this game, but so far from a GM, game prep stance, I'm loving. Solid job and thank you to the team at Need Games! Cheers!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Fabula Ultima TTJRPG
Publisher: Need Games
by Kyle O. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/11/2022 11:11:27

I have played dozens of tabletop rpgs over the years, and I am also an avid fan of JRPG's. One of the first games I ever owned was Final Fantasy Tactics for the playstation. This game reminds me of the feeling I had when I first discovered the mechanics in that game way back when. It is fantastic. It has a great easy to learn system but a very deep approach to character building and combats. I was able to teach my group all of the major rules in a single session. The boss fights in the game in particular are fantastic, actually some of the best design I have seen in a tabletop game for a cool way to do bigger and tougher enemies. I will probably steal it to use in other games I play in the future. This game feels like a fantastic love letter to all those JRPG's I've played an loved over the years. I cannot wait to see it at the table more.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Thank you Kyle, appreciate it!
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Fabula Ultima TTJRPG
Publisher: Need Games
by Marc Z. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/11/2022 08:12:31

Very nicely done Game. It's easy to learn but still has meat on its bones and doesnt stray to far into boring rules light territory. The items are adorable pixel sprites and the enemies look like they were pulled right from a 90's RPG manual (You know, back when we got manuals with games)

Its well written and easy to read through and learn without constantly flipping through looking for charts and rules.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Thanks Marc, that was the intention. Cheers!
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Fabula Ultima TTJRPG
Publisher: Need Games
by Brett M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/10/2022 10:45:06

Disclaimers: Warning, this review contains (justifiable) hype. Also, I have yet to try running this game for folks and my impressions are subject to change.

Fabula Ultima TTJRPG is an absolute triumph of a game, and I will summarize why with some highlights:

  • Clean page layout with crystal clear writing; I wasn't able to find a single typo which is a big deal for me
  • A wonderful mix of modern rules from a variety of sources without feeling like they've been haphazardly thrown together; this feels like its own game with its own identity, theme, and origin
  • A respectable committment to the optimistic, colorful worldbuilding of classic JRPGs with attention paid toward inclusivity and safety for the play group
  • Smart progression and metacurrency rules (i.e. "Fate Points") that are intrinsically linked to the core tenets of the game (characters, villains, bonds, etc)
  • Excellent prompts to get you started with creating worlds, characters, and more
  • Thoughtful advice to walk you through any questions you might have about the rules and expectations of the game
  • A colorful and playful art style that feels consistent throughout the book

This game is a perfect fit for you if:

  • You prefer a "theater of the mind" playstyle
  • You like lots of character customization options
  • You want tactical depth without all of the headaches
  • You can be satisfied with a certain level of narrative abstraction rather than relying on realism
  • You enjoy collaborative worldbuilding with your play group
  • You like having creative leeway as a Game Master when adding new items, monsters, and villains to the game world

I'll leave the rest for you to discover, but I will say this:

  • There are 15 classes each with 5 skills (many of which can be taken multiple times). Each character level means 1 skill from 1 class. Characters start at Level 5 and can go all the way up to 50! There is a lot of room for expressing yourself through character building just like any good JRPG "Job System"
  • The core dice mechanic is simple and fun, you will only ever roll 2 dice of varying sizes and add their results together with any other bonuses/penalties that apply. This core mechanic is twisted and expanded in various ways to give you lots of tools depending on the situation.
  • I personally think Fabula Ultima has a chance at being one of the greats. I read a lot of RPGs and this one just has something special about it. I can see Fabula Ultima serving as an excellent replacement for groups that grow tired of more popular fantasy games.

What are you waiting for? Action, Adventure, Drama, and more are all right around the corner!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Thank you for your kind words Brett. Hope you'll enjoy running Fabula Ultima as much as you loved reading it!
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