Just so y'all know, I was not a Kickstarter supporter of this project. Truth to tell, the webpage (and yes, the associated blog) did not excite me. Lot's of advertising talk, light on what was actually going on. The Gail Gygax endorsement didn't excite me (she killed Legendary Adventures before I ever got to enjoy my books), but Monte Cook having good things to say did. So, I went into this kinda neutral.
I'm also one of those fine folk that has asked out loud if we really need more retro clones and the like... it hasn't stopped me from buying them, but are the really needed.
The Secret Fire isn't a retro clone. It gladly borrows and steals from D20, FATE, possibly T&T and I'm sure others. It is solidly D20, and if you've played D&D in any of its incarnations (even - GASP! 4e) you will probably be comfortable with the system fairly quickly.
I've been reading this like I read most RPGs these days - I jump around like a Mexican Jumping Bean. As was pointed out by a poster on RPG.Net, the PDF lacks bookmarks. How the hell do you put out a 310 page PDF these days without bookmarks? I fully expect that will change in the near future, and the file will be updated with bookmarks. If it isn't, I'll be here to rant.
That being say, I'm enjoying this immensely, even without the ease of bookmarks to enable my haphazard jumping thru the virtual book.
Did I mention I just ordered 2 dead tree copies from Lulu? Love those 20% off coupons ;)
Dinner calls. More rule observations later tonight if all goes well.