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  1. Adam Ness
    January 28, 2021 @ 8:48 pm

    I was in a similar position, having heard quite a bit about Burning Wheel, and owning a copy that I’d never read, and I made a new character back on the first. Reading your article was a bit therapeutic in that it made it clear to me I wasn’t just overreacting.

    The book seems so proud of not being a setting-specific game, but there’s so much setting distilled into the character creation process, and so *much* to the character creation process I couldn’t believe this was a darling of the indie scene.

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  2. Plamen
    June 25, 2021 @ 1:54 pm

    “It’s 20 pages long and as I go through it any residual enthusiasm I had for making characters in this system evaporates.”

    I really laughed out loud reading this! Honestly, I think this funny blog post is the best thing to come out of Burning Wheel.

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  3. JEG
    August 3, 2021 @ 12:16 am

    I fundamentally disagree with all of this but yet completely understand where you are coming from. Burning Wheel works best when you have someone to guide you through it and only starts to tick when you spend a long time with it. It is not pick up and play at all and is very firmly for someone willing to read a lot of stuff and then guide their players through it. Setting creation and character creation are sessions onto themselves best done communally and not alone. It is a game that requires labor but once it does start making sense the thing about making characters in 15 minutes holds true. At this point I can quickly make a character for myself because I know how all of the moving parts interact and click into one another. It is why it is beloved not despite it. Still I get wanting to just be able to sit down with a game it make sense and then be off to the races with a character.

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