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Item - Mean Streets


Series: Prince of Shadows — no. 1
Translated Into: Ondskabens gader (Danish)
Authors: Chalk, Gary
Kerrigan, David
Illustrator: Chalk, Gary
Date: 1988
ISBN: 0340423900 / 9780340423905
Length: 64 pages (232 sections)
Number of Endings: 31
User Summary: You are Edrix, the rightful heir to the throne, forced to live the life of a thief while waiting for the moment to claim what is yours. Your shadowy existence is no longer a secret, so the time is right to make your first move....
Demian's Thoughts: I'm not a big fan of gritty urban fantasy (though I admit to have enjoyed a few Thieves' World anthologies in my day), so this book didn't thrill me as much as the more adventurous Lone Wolf series. An excess of totally goofy fantasy names didn't help matters any, though occasional comic relief redeemed the proceedings somewhat. In any case, though I was never really gripped by the story, I'll admit that the game design here is pretty solid. Although the adventure is fairly linear, there are a lot of different ways to get from point A to point B, allowing for different strategies of character design and gameplay. You're unlikely to complete this book on your first try, but since there are so many possibilities, it never becomes tedious or frustrating to tweak your character a little and start again. The only bad thing about all this flexibility is that once you are successful, the path through the book turns out to be rather short. For this reason, I wouldn't recommend going too far out of your way to get hold of this book (which, unfortunately is quite rare); still, if you should stumble across it, it's worth the couple of hours it'll take you to get through.

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Errata:The character sheet in some copies of this book has a sticker pasted into the Combat Value Chart box. This may mean that some copies of the book either have an empty box or feature incorrect values in the chart.
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