Bryant and Sean D. Welcome to Big Eyes, Small Mouth — the multi-genre role-playing game for all your anime and manga adventures! Dyskami then teamed up with Japanime Games to publish this core game book plus an entire line of BESM support products to expand the game system and storytelling world. What you hold in your hands is the beginning of this journey, and so hold on tight as we welcome you to your next great adventure. No other books are required, though we have an entire expansion line in the works to support your gaming adventures.
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Gameplay[ edit ] BESM uses a point-based character creation system. Players roll two 6-sided dice, add 10 to the total and then divide the resultant sum between Mind, Body, and Soul, against which all action checks are made.
These are supplemented by Attributes, which can be positive Acrobatics or negative Easily Distracted , giving the characters unique abilities.
MacKinnon , was released by Guardians of Order in Pulver began writing supplements for what was essentially a fairly simple game, adding a detailed system for the creation of mecha with his book Big Robots, Cool Starships.
All of these innovations were incorporated into a second edition, which was released in to a very strong reception. The first edition was a slim, grey-covered book. A vast promotion and beta test was organized, and included a number of demo-team members from around the world. Instead of publishing complete games as they had done previously, the licensed books were published as " Ultimate Fan Guides ".
In addition, several genre based supplements were published for the game, as well as two original settings: Centauri Knights and Uresia: Grave of Heaven.
BESM stands out as an example of a product that knows its subject and treats it right. He also warned that combat can drag on if both players have good defences. It is just about perfect for what it sets out to accomplish. It might just introduce you to a whole new world of adventure.
Sales were good but the critical response was mixed. New versions of Centauri Knights and Uresia were released under the new version. A later revised edition of this version was published in , which, due to errors in the proofing and printing processes, did not contain the full set of revisions in its final published form.
Company president Mark C. MacKinnon offered a public explanation and apology, and offered to refund buyers who were dissatisfied with their purchase of the book.
MacKinnon had announced that the release would be delayed from its original release in the Summer of Another company will be publishing it and providing future support. If you pre-ordered the book from us, more information will follow.
The new edition features a change in the Tri-Stat game mechanic from a "roll-under" to the "roll-over and hit a target number" found in other games. The book is now standard 8. Although the books were usually well put-together and almost always featured many full-color pages with stills from the series involved, many fans believed the information provided in certain guides was incomplete and unreliable.
The Slayers guides were adapted into a stand-alone d20 game under the title The Slayers d Due to licensing consideration, the three-volume set of fan guides for Slayers does not include any information from the movies and OVAs distributed by ADV Films.
This means that there has never been an official BESM writeup for Naga the Serpent , a popular character who does not appear in the television series.
The first version of Tri-Stat included the use of only three attributes for a character, which was held over in the dx version. Tri-Stat dx uses dice escalation from d4 to d6 to d8 all the way up to supers game using sided, sided, or even sides dice. Because Tri-Stat dx is a generic role-playing system, it can be adapted to virtually any setting. Since Tri-Stat dx derives from another system, I want to cover that system first.
Guardians of Order
The system would later be modified for use in other games and be more generally named the Tri-Stat dX system. All of these books included game statistics for characters in the series as well as extensive episode guides and character summaries. Guardians of Order expanded beyond anime based games when the Tri-Stat dX system was adopted for the superhero game Silver Age Sentinels. History[ edit ] Mark C. MacKinnon in In , Guardians of Order hired David Pulver.