Simple Reviews: The Dresden Files RPG

The Dresden Files RPG by Evil Hat games. A two volume set split between Your story and Our World.

Volume 1 Your Story: contains world and character creation and game rules. Everything you need to start playing the game is included in this book.

Volume 2 Our World: Is a very comprehensive catalog of characters from the Dresden Files universe along with a great deal of setting information.

I have been trying to write this review for a while now. I just can’t find the right words to say about this game. Many people have already reviewed it and said lots of great things about it. I don’t want to start gushing about all the things I love about this game. The previous line just about sums up my review of the Dresden Files RPG; I love this game.

It’s not just the fact that the DFRPG is based in the Dresden Files universe, a setting rich in magic, intrigue, and deep history. It’s not just the game play mechanics that allow for a more story driven cinematic experience. I could keep going on about all the wonderful things about this game that don’t make up the sole reason that I fell in love with it. I’ll just get on with the breakdown and sing praises later.

Who would enjoy this game:

  • Players who enjoy being part of the creative process
  • Those who enjoy a more cinematic feel to their game
  • GMs who enjoy more freedom from too many rules
  • Players who enjoy creating multiple aspects of their characters personalities and powers.
  • Fans of urban fantasy
  • Fans of the Dresden Files books.
  • Anyone looking for lots of story in their game
  • Any GM who is looking for useful information to help improve their game

Who might not enjoy this game:

  • Hack n Slash oriented players
  • GMs who require a great deal of structure to play
  • Anyone who is not really into Role Playing
  • Anyone who is not a fan of urban fantasy
  • Those who do not enjoy the fudge/fate system
  • Lame asses

Really I can’t write an unbiased review of this product because it has become one of my favorite all time RPGs. Not only is it a great game to play but it’s a great game run. Many of the ideas and much of the information in the game can be carried over to any RPG, greatly increasing any GMs abilities.

The Dresden Files RPG is a great game for anyone who wants to play an immersive story driven game. World, character and power creation are all exercises in story telling. To play an adventure is to tell a story and to use the characters abilities and personalities to influence the story and its outcome. Combat is not required or in some cases not recommended. Players are often rewarded for using their characters quirks and flaws in creative ways to add to flow of the narrative.

GMs share the burden of telling the story with players as the game progresses. Players add detail to the world around them often affecting the story line but not always for the better.

It isn’t a combat driven game, so gamer who enjoy Wharhammer 40k, Dungeons and Dragons 4e or any other game with tactical combat, might not be able to get into the Dresden Files. Players and GMs who want a system with clearly defined rules for very specific scenarios might also find the fate system a bit hard to grasp. There are no rules for falling, grappling, cover, or many of the other situations that more crunch heavy games have become ladened with. GMs and Players who enjoy more rules as a way of moderating the outcome of the game will have a bit more to argue about while playing the Dresden Files. Though their arguments will be more philosophical as they will have to decide outcomes based on each scene and not based of strict rules.

It sounds odd, but I can’t leave this out, one of the best things about the Dresden Files RPG is the new book smell. I have never bought a game book with such an awesome new book smell. It’s strange I know, but man there is just something evocative about the scent of a new set of DFRPG books.

In all seriousness the availability of this game in both print and PDF format has made is accessible to bookophiles and the digitally obsessed alike. Offering multiple price points and separating the game content of the Your Story books from the setting content of the Our World books makes the game available to play with the purchase of only one book.

I personally think Evil Hat has really struck gold with the Dresden Files RPG, I hope to see supplements or at least some new web content for it in the future. But for now, would anyone like to play a game?


Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Thadeous can't think of anything interesting about him self right now. Know this though if he could it would be creative and funny as well as thought provoking.


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