If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few years, you probably heard about the Dresden Files Roleplaying Game which has been under development for quite a few years at Evil Hat Productions. This roleplaying game is powered by Evil Hat’s FATE system and is set into the world described by Jim Butcher’s novel series about the wizard/private detective Harry Dresden.
The RPG has been split into two books: “Volume One: Your Story” contains all the rules needed to run your own games, while “Volume Two: Our World” gives some in-depth detail on the Dresdenverse and contains the stats for numerous monsters and NPCs. While the game can be played with the first book only, I wholeheartedly recommend getting both of them.
The two hardcover books will be released in June/July, but the final PDF version has been released on RPGNow/DriveThruRPG yesterday. The bundle containing both volumes sets you back $40 but this is a good price considering you get over 700 pages of top-quality roleplaying material. In my humble opinion the Dresden Files RPG is the most beautifully game ever made by Evil Hat Productions!
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Next to the excellent art in the books, is this game any good if you never ever touched a single Dresden Files book? Because these PDF's look smashing, but I don't want another game that's just gathering dust on my hard drive…
Hmm, I can't really judge on this, since I have read a few Dresden Files novels so far, but there are a lot of descriptions on how the Dresdenverse works etc. that should give you a solid grasp of the world even if you haven't read the books. Especially the second book, "Our World", contains huge amounts of background info, etc.
Check out the Nevermore chapter, Evil Hat released for free some time ago, to get a glimpse at what the game has to offer.