YMMV / Blue Rose

  • Acceptable Political Targets: The religion and culture of the Theocracy of Jarzon is pretty clearly based on the worst aspects of fundamentalist Christianity (though it's worth noting that Jarzon is explicitly stated to be more a society of Well Intentioned Extremism than evil).
  • Awesome Art: Especially noticeable in the work of the cover artist for both First and Second Edition, Stephanie Pui-mun Law. Her whimsical watercolor style goes a long way to portray the Romantic Fantasy roots of the game.
  • Broken Base: Even among the fandom, the Golden Hart was a divisive element (while being a rallying point for detractors of the game). Many players felt that the idea of divine right undermined the idea of Aldis as a Mary Sue Topia whose morality they expected to agree with. 2e both tried to answer that by stating that the Golden Hart was actually a psychic manifestation of the will of the people, and that it might be dead and not matter anymore. This just broke things again in a different direction.
  • Designated Villain: Unless the campaign is a traditional dungeon romp in Kern, most of the villains in the game qualify as this.
  • Internet Backdraft: The First Edition game was subject to a bit of this when it first launched in the early 2000's, with people objecting to its open inclusion of Same-Sex couples in its setting and Lore. Thankfully, Second Edition received an equal-but-opposite reaction- numerous "hardcore" tabletop gaming sites heaped praise on its setting, art, and non-combat focus.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The dev team's insistence on including Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual (and as of Second Edition) Transgender and Queer characters has been noted and celebrated among that community across the internet.
  • Mary Sue Topia: Aldis can come across this way — it's specifically designed to strike players with modern liberal sensibilities as a fundamentally good place worth defending. The authors did work pretty hard to justify it, though (Magitek and excellent medicine make it possible for women to have a lot more freedom than they would in your usual medieval fantasy kingdom, for instance), and Aldis is not entirely free from bigotry and violence.
    • Second Edition places a lot of focus on political upheaval and intrigue to try and change this perception. The most recent war with the Lich King seems to have hit the country especially hard, his surviving lieutenants are undermining Aldis with their own individual schemes, refugees are streaming south from Kern fleeing the civil war there, not everyone speaks well of Jaellin's Vata'sha Kernish husband, and the Court Nobles are expressing open dissent about Jaellin's decision to allow the study of Sorcery (though practicing sorcery is still banned). Then there's the rumor that the Golden Hart, the protector of the Kingdom since its founding, died in the final battle with the Lich King.
  • Unfortunate Implications: While the First Edition of Blue Rose was hailed/criticized as being inclusive and LGB positive, the use of the Sorcery Flesh-Shaping Arcana to [[Useful Notes/Transgender change one's body to align with one's gender]] still required a Corruption test.
    • Updated in Second Edition: Trans characters are now included in the lore, and fluff offers many ways for a character to change their sex/gender. The Corruption test for this particular use of the above sorcery was also removed.