" Now here is the book for everyone who's ever yelled 'You damn dirty apes!' and meant it. "
Title: Tribebook Red Talons from White Wolf
Format: Roleplaying Supplement for Werewolf the Apocalypse
Reviewing Monkey: Chimpan-A
The Hype: The most feral of the wolves come home in this book all about the wyld ones (Pun intended). These are the werewolves that come entirely from wolf stock and just happen to want all the humans wiped out. Think you have what it takes to desire that every human being on the face of the earth be dead? Have you ever worked in customer service?
What This Monkey Thought...
Story and Drama: How do you tell a story from the point of view of a bunch of creatures that don't recognize things like doorknobs? However you may want to do it, this book manages it fairly well. White Wolf need not fear losing its reputation for story here. We get good view on the inner workings of the Red Talons from this book, and learn a few things that will move the Werewolf metaplot forward...with Winter Packs being the biggest surprise (Red Talons specifically trained to go cull the humans). 4 out of 5
Layout and Presentation: Standard, old fashioned, White Wolf layout here. For those who haven't read a White Wolf book…ever…it goes from story to history to powers to characters for a wrap up. The artwork is good enough, although much of it falls into the overly artsy "rendering" style that I personally find unappealing. 4 out of 5
Playability: If you have trouble playing a lupus Garou from any old tribe, then you're going to have a real problem trying to play a Garou who downright disdains his human side. I mean, saying a Red Talon hates humans is like saying a Get of Fenris likes to fight. Sure it's true, but in no way does it cover the full breadth of the meaning. That being said, if you are determined to play a Red Talon, this book makes some allowances for you. Maybe you don't hate every human…just most of 'em. Maybe you give them just one chance first. Regardless, this book gives good tips for playing Red Talons and makes an excellent guide for anyone who plays them. It's even useful for people who just like to play lupus Garou, although the politics in here will be far less useful. The only overriding thing about this sourcebook is: few people play Red Talons. They're just too foreign from most of us. 3.5 out of 5
Desired Content: Everything you've come to expect from a Tribe Book is here. Takes on the litany, takes on other tribes, new gifts, and character templates can all be found in here. The narrative history of the world from wolf perspective is actually pretty insightful. 4 out of 5
|Now here is the book for everyone who's ever yelled "You damn dirty apes!" and meant it. Learning about the world of Garou from their wolfish side can be quite an interesting experience. If you have a problem with the wholesale genocide of the human species, though, this may not be the book for you. This is a tribe that takes no prisoners. It's a good read, whether it comes in handy depends on your play preferences.|
The Good: An interesting look at the world through wolf eyes.
The Bad: And only wolf eyes. It's a limited appeal playing field.
The Overall Ugly: Remember human children are still humans...and that means they die.
What it's Worth: It's worth the asking price.