When the Dresden Files RPG was announced I had a vague idea of the books. I had watched and enjoyed the series on Sci-Fi (back when they still were Sci-Fi and didn't show Wrestling). But I never gave the books much thought. Over the course of the last couple years all the other books I was reading in the Modern Urban Supernatural genre kept bringing up the Dresden Files and Harry Dresden.
Anyway I am almost done with Turn Coat now which as I understand it is the next to the last book so far. There is a collection of short stories and a new book out soon. I should be ready for it. One thing I have enjoyed about listening to the book in my car is while I am driving through Chicago is every so often I'll hear of a place and immediately think of where that is in proximity to where I am at. I once even drove by one of the grave yards mentioned in the book while it was being talked about.
Though as a Chicagoan (of sorts, moved here 17 years ago) its the Kennedy, not the JFK. It's DUI, not DWI. It's not Coke, it's Pepsi (ok that one is just me). Things that would be said if you grew up in Missouri (like Jim Butcher did, where it is the JFK and DWI). Nor is it as easy to get a cab as Harry seems too, but then again he is a wizard. There weer other minor issues (he drove from downtown to Deerfield in a few minutes? The guy HAS to be a wizard for that!) but nothing that was a deal breaker for me.
Dresden Files the RPG is a different story. I liked the background already; supernatural going ons in Chicago and the developer Fred Hicks once claimed that he loved the WitchCraft setting as a possible choice for the Dresden Files RPG. I am just not a huge fan of Fate. I do understand that they have taken it to new and wondrous places and that it is not very similar to FUDGE at all anymore, but I am still skeptical. I will though review the game on it's own merits and not my pre-conceived notions of the system.
I have played in a Chicago-based Unisystem game that has some similar tropes of the Dresden books. Though our Chicago is also 1 part Cine Unisystem, 1 part Ghosts of Albion, 1 part World of Darkness and 1 part just good old fashion knowledge of the area.
I'll certainly convert some characters sometime. The issue though is the whole Wizards and Technology deal. Makes converting the Hex Girls difficult and Willow down right impossible.
More I guess when I am done reading the books and the game. Maybe I'll re-watch the series too.