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).
  • 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 is not helping the debate.
  • 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 upend this. 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 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.