June 26, 2012

[Review] Hellcats & Hockeysticks

Before Monsterhearts there was an indie game called Hellcats & Hockeysticks (born 2009). It's a game based on the popular UK movies about a girl school named St.Trinian (renamed St.Erisian in the game) where girls learned all things beside good manners.
It's a game about adolescent and their impulses, anarchy and big explosions, witchcraft and mad science. 

In the game the PCs are some of the girls attending the school, trying to balance frienship, rivalries and girl stuff with all the weird thing appening around them.
The system is d6 based.

Let's cut the chase, ok?  Hellcats & Hockeysticks  is a little pinch of good ideas mixed with a barrel of crap. The system simply doesen't work well, the mathematical foundation of the system is wrong and using your dice in a bad way can make you lower your chances instead of rising them. The idea of anarchic girls in a boarding school is neat, but they are thinked like a D&D party all the time. sure, there are rules for rivalries and internal turmpil of the group, but "The group must stick together" is still a powerful implicit rule.
Lastly the adventure included is uninspired and dull.

I appriciate the effort, but trust to me and go play Monsterhearts.

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