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Author Topic: Little known games in your collections.  (Read 1682 times)

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Little known games in your collections.
« on: November 10, 2022, 03:35:24 PM »
Hi this is pretty simple, what game in your collection do you never see people talk about? Why do you think those games are so little known, and what do you like/dislike about them?
Personally I got a copy of the first edition of the Mechwarrior rpg when I was young. It was the second rpg I had ever bought and I was fascinated by the point build system. I TORE through that book and I started buying as much Mechwarrior/Battletech things I could buy. It was one of the main reasons I fell in love with rpgs, yet I've never seen anybody talk about it in years.
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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2022, 04:00:19 PM »
Hmm...

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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2022, 04:06:41 PM »
Got rid of a good chunk of my games, slimmed down to only two shelves. But a few could make this list:

Swords of the Middle Kingdom: Using the same system as Hong Kong Action Theater, it is a Wuxia style game from 1996 or so. Never played it, but looked interesting. Has a unique magic system based on the I Ching. I don't like the layout and most of the art is simple. No one ever heard of it because the company that made with was bought out by Guardians of the Order and shelved, if I remember correctly.

Teenagers From Outer Space: From R. Talsorian. Anime-style roleplaying game in the vein of Tenchi Muyo, etc. Rules are really simple, fun, and evocative of the setting. I dislike the setting, but could easily make it for an early Dragonball or Earthbound type setting if I wanted. More of a "beer and pretzels" type game. Nothing was done much with it past 1998... except, there's a free supplement on DrivethruRPG that appeared a few months ago. A supplement about a fishing competition. What's with all the fishing competitions lately? (See RPG Pundit's new video on Dragonlance for reference)

Diablo: Bought the books years ago. I like the AD&D 2E version, and the Basic D&D box set. Rules were nice. Not as much of a fan of the 3E supplements (one is just the 2E book converted to 3E). Some cool ideas in here for running what essentially becomes a megadungeon.

I've seen some discussions over the past couple years on Diablo. Once in a while, I see something about TFOS. But, I definitely never see anything on Swords of the Middle Kingdom.

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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2022, 04:18:43 PM »
Geez....I literally have hundreds of games fitting this description.  I'll have to think on this a bit...

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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2022, 04:47:54 PM »
Personally I got a copy of the first edition of the Mechwarrior rpg when I was young. It was the second rpg I had ever bought and I was fascinated by the point build system. I TORE through that book and I started buying as much Mechwarrior/Battletech things I could buy. It was one of the main reasons I fell in love with rpgs, yet I've never seen anybody talk about it in years.

If you're still interested, Catalyst has just done another print run of A Time of War. My copy arrived last week.




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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2022, 05:18:17 PM »
Ringworld, the RPG.
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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2022, 11:10:02 PM »
Hi this is pretty simple, what game in your collection do you never see people talk about? Why do you think those games are so little known, and what do you like/dislike about them?
Personally I got a copy of the first edition of the Mechwarrior rpg when I was young. It was the second rpg I had ever bought and I was fascinated by the point build system. I TORE through that book and I started buying as much Mechwarrior/Battletech things I could buy. It was one of the main reasons I fell in love with rpgs, yet I've never seen anybody talk about it in years.
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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2022, 12:12:39 AM »
For me its the RPG  'Adventurers' by Gramel.  It's two pages for the players' guide and two pages for the GM's guide.  Also I got rid of all of my GURPS books except GURPS Myth based off of the video games by Bungie.  I keep that one around because I would love to run it with folks who actually remember those video games, but I would use a much faster system like Savage Worlds.  GURPS is too much of a slog-fest for combats. 

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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2022, 01:01:24 AM »
HöL (Human Occupied Landfill)
Apparently the thing was originally written as a joke as it had absurdly math-heavy rules and character creation literally told you to just give your character whatever stats/skills you wanted. A supplement came out later that toned things down and made it more playable, but I never picked it up. I never actually ran the game, and aside from an obscure few mentions over the last two decades, I don't think anyone else has to any serious degree.

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The setting takes place concurrently with the books and so it suffers from the same things Dragonlance does. Fans of the books generally want to become part of the official story, while anyone else won't care and just want to do their own thing. Trying to appease both sides requires walking a razor's edge that just isn't worth the headache.

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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2022, 07:07:12 AM »
Mechamorphosis. A Transformers With The Trademark Filed Off RPG for the D20 system.
A niche product that was... Ok at what it did.
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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2022, 09:54:46 AM »
Geez....I literally have hundreds of games fitting this description.  I'll have to think on this a bit...

Ditto!

Some titles that come to my mind on the fly:

Vikings & Valkyries
The Spawn of Fashan
What price glory!?!
Hidden Kingdoms
Phantasy conclave


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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2022, 11:03:01 AM »
PDFs? Uncountable.

Physical? Well: Eoris Essence, World Tree, and Legends of Anglerre are probably the most obscure ones I own.

I am not sure I can say what I like/dislike, as I haven't read the entire thing. Eoris Essence is strange and the system feels very cumbersome, World Tree is also very strange but a bit lighter, and Legends of Anglerre is a crunchy version of fantasy Fate (this has more feats then PF!) that was very interesting on a first read, with some cool ideas... but not enough to make me play Fate.

Not that the books are terrible... but I wouldn't recommend any of them on the account of being too crunchy (and GURPS was my favorite RPG at the time!).
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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2022, 03:44:35 PM »
Suldokar’s Wake. Really cool setting. The rules change a lot of conventional terminology which increases the barrier of entry.

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Re: Little known games in your collections.
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2022, 02:09:23 AM »
Gangbusers 3rd edition.

Love the setting, hate the system.

Luckily a B/X version of Gangbusters was released and the system is better.  Haven't had a chance to run it but soon hopefully.
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