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Author Topic: What Kickstarter RPGs have you actually played? Your thoughts?  (Read 1257 times)

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« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2020, 03:43:01 PM »
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That's funny, I'm in a similar situation. I've been reading through SWADE as well as Savage Rifts and there's some really solid stuff in there. I wish more SWADE genre books were out because I'd like to sell it to a group and give it a real shot, but I doubt I'll be able to sway my current player stock away from GURPS as it's what they know and love from past campaigns; additionally, several have never even played any RPG except GURPS, due to me using it to recruit greenhorns into the fold. My brother in particular, one of my frequent players, LOVES pretty much everything about GURPS; I tried roping him and a few others a while back into playing Fate and I received a hard "no" after two or three sessions when they insisted on converting to GURPS and continuing with that.

In any case, I guess it's just a familiarity thing. GURPS feels like a comfortable glove to me, while SWADE is still an unknown quantity.

I hear you man. I have some friends in LA that have become DIE-HARD GURPS fans. They're aggro on me for never having run it for them before I left, and swear to me I'd love it (and I believe them - which is funny I have a Steve Jackson story I'm *totally* embarrassed about that concerns these very same friends that used to *****HATE***** GURPS.)

But yeah - it's a comfort factor that has its own gravity. That actually is what keeps me moving. I am totally down with sticking with what works. But having grown out of D&D after decades of play and watching my friends be so utterly devoted to it, I felt it kept us from checking out other stuff. Now I'm leery about doing that again. It's certainly not black and white - but I like to always have something "new" on tap.

My list shows fairly clearly, I'm dropping a LOT of money on Savage Worlds - it's not going anywhere for me. But I'm always trying to sneak new stuff in there. I'm trying to Up the Crunch too. Mythras/Runequest, Warhammer Fantasy 2e is in our near future. GURPS is a very real darkhorse chance to land on the menu.

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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2020, 04:06:25 PM »
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I hear you man. I have some friends in LA that have become DIE-HARD GURPS fans. They're aggro on me for never having run it for them before I left, and swear to me I'd love it (and I believe them - which is funny I have a Steve Jackson story I'm *totally* embarrassed about that concerns these very same friends that used to *****HATE***** GURPS.)

But yeah - it's a comfort factor that has its own gravity. That actually is what keeps me moving. I am totally down with sticking with what works. But having grown out of D&D after decades of play and watching my friends be so utterly devoted to it, I felt it kept us from checking out other stuff. Now I'm leery about doing that again. It's certainly not black and white - but I like to always have something "new" on tap.

My list shows fairly clearly, I'm dropping a LOT of money on Savage Worlds - it's not going anywhere for me. But I'm always trying to sneak new stuff in there. I'm trying to Up the Crunch too. Mythras/Runequest, Warhammer Fantasy 2e is in our near future. GURPS is a very real darkhorse chance to land on the menu.

Ha, oh how I'd love to hear that embarrassing Steve Jackson story! :D

I totally empathize though. I had the RPG equivalent of ADD *really bad* around a decade ago, I kept hucking new systems around like I was playing hot potato. At one time, I had convinced my players to convert an existing campaign to a new system *three* separate times, all within a handful of sessions of each other... ahem. Still embarrassed about that. My brother got so mad at me he refused to play or listen to any of my system pitches until I nut up, picked a system and rolled with it (which... ended up being GURPS, as the system I've had the most success running over the years). During that period and shortly thereafter I was having an affair with Fate... which as it turns out, I actually came to hate. :o Introduced a couple newbies to roleplaying with it and ran into one of them a few years after the fact; they fucking LOVE it and it's the only thing they run. Go figure!

Anyway, I calmed down for a few years, but recently I've been getting an itch to try some different stuff; SWADE, Mythras (and M-space), Everywhen/BoL and I've even been peeking longingly into some OSR stuff (although I'm still not entirely sold or convinced I'll ever return to anything D20, not that I have any enmity towards the stuff). I'm sort of heading on the opposite trajectory as you in that I'd like to try something a bit lighter and see how it treats me. I know I'll eventually come back around for more GURPS at some point as I always have, but I'd enjoy stretching my legs.

Whether I can sell it to a group or not, I'm a bit of a collector at least with PDFs (physical space I have to be more conservative about) so I'm keeping an eye firmly on any new SWADE releases...
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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2020, 04:10:01 PM »
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The Fantasy Trip (Legacy edition) Excellent, but I already loved the system, which was my first RPG back about 1980. Amazing boxed set. Some nice new stuff. Some debatable changes.
Thanks for the reminder, it keeps slipping my mind that I got this (absolutely fantastic) boxed set! I might have to take it for a spin, I've yet to do anything with it besides open everything and drool over the contents.
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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2020, 11:30:45 PM »
Cypher System (generic, 1e) -- I liked the system and it moved ok when the players got the hang of it.  The problem was I was running a supers game with it and I really don't think it's a good fit for that.  I keep meaning to go back to a sort of Dark*Matter game and give it another shot.

FATE Accelerated -- We had a lot of fun with this.

Cortex (Hacker's Guide, not Prime) -- I was only able to get two of my regulars to give this a shot with me.  I like how it did things, but I had a hard time getting it to go smoothly online.  Using the Heroic setting for the rules and having to fiddle with dice wasn't easy in Roll20.

Ryuutama -- One of my buddies ran this for our group.  Had a good time with it.

Far West -- pending

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« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2020, 04:45:46 AM »
5e D&D Primeval Thule - GM & play tons, love it.

I haven't backed any RPG Kickstarters myself though, just Reaper Bones #1.

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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2020, 01:38:38 PM »
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I think part of it might be that the other guy is sore that nobody other than him wants to play GURPS. I've played it a bit and so has one other player. We've both had neutral-to-bad experiences with it, and the other two players have flipped through the books a bit before just saying "Nope."

That's sad. If I'm going to GM I'll for sure veto many things, because being the GM means I need to know all the rules and deal with the mechanics. But as a player I personally wouldn't veto any system unless I'd played it before and really just didn't like it. I figure with any system the GM/guy that's promoting it has the job of helping me out with character creation/learning the system.

Like, I'd imagine the guy who's into it could just create some pre-mades for the group and keep the rules basic for several sessions. It's no harder than D&D 5e once you have the characters created.