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Star Wars Roleplaying Game ~ Jedi Academy Training Manual 12.31.2009
Saving Throw's review of the Jedi Academy Training Manual

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Jedi Academy Training Manual
published by Wizards of the Coast reviewed by Martin Drury
160 pages, 2009, $34.95
Content 3.5
Organization 4
Consistency 4
Intelligibility 3.5
Review Scoring

   In the Star Wars movies and books, nothing is more exciting than the exploits of the Jedi. Unfortunately, with the Saga Edition of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, the action of the Jedi and other force users seems muted and bland. While the Jedi Academy Training Manual adds lots of depth and options for Jedi and other force users, it just cannot overcome the inherent problems with how the Force works in the role playing game.

The book adds nearly twenty force powers and a dozen force techniques, as well Force talents, prestige class talents, Jedi talents, and Force secrets. For Force user characters, these additional options will be a strong draw. Two other chapters - one of new equipment and artifacts and one with affliated Force traditions - also present many useful features for players.

The remaining chapters (roughly half of the book) are filled with information concerning the study of the Force. After a brief chapter on Force philosophy, the remaining chapters cover instructors and alumni, dangers that come with studying the force, and a chapter about studying with other Force traditions beside the Jedi.

While the Jedi Academy Training Manual adds a lot of options and opportunity for expanding Jedi characters, in the end it just does not over come the problems in the system with Force usage and Force game mechanics. But fans of the Star Wars universe will find it helpful.

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