RPG a Day: Systems in my toolbox

 

15. What is an awesome RPG you enjoy adapting?

Ah well, I keep mentioning these names but in terms of flexibility, my favourite systems are Fate Accelerated (Evil Hat Productions), HeroQuest (Moon Design/Issaries/Chaosium) and PDQ (Atomic Sock Monkey Press). They are easy to adapt, easy to explain, and easy to run.

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RPG a Day: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

14. What is an awesome RPG for open-ended campaign play?

This is sort of the opposite of the Day 9 question. Most RPGs work for this, unless they are specifically designed for short play. What really matters is how engaged everyone at the table is, and whether you’re tracking what has gone on from episode to episode so dangling plot threads and interesting NPCs can be reincorporated in play, making the GM’s life easier (the adventures write themselves) and the players’ actions more important (they impact the game world.)

That said, some games make it particularly easy for me, because the mechanics are light enough that statting more NPCs and creating new locations and plots does not create a burden on the GM. I particularly like games based on Fate Accelerated (like War of Ashes or Dresden Files Accelerated), PDQ (like Truth & Justice, Jaws of the Six Serpents, or The Zorcerer of Zo), or Heroquest (like Mythic Russia or of course Glorantha.) Some (not all) games Powered by the Apocalypse work well for this style of play, like Dungeon World or Monster of the Week.

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RPG a Day: Favourite setting

21. Favourite RPG setting

MythicRussia_coverOops, back to questions I can’t easily answer.  My favourite setting is always the one I just read about, the one I want to play or run a game in right now.  But I’ll rule out all the home brews, all the licensed properties, and stick to published RPG settings. I have great fondness for Green Ronin’s Freeport, Freedom City, and Aldea (Blue Rose) settings, White Wolf’s Aeon Trinity, Holistic Games’ Fading Suns, Skyrealm Publishings/Chessex’s Skyrealms of Jorune, Moon Design/Issaries’ Glorantha, etc.

But if I had to pick just one, I might have to go with Mark Galeoti’s Mythic Russia (Firebird Productions).

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