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Saturday, September 7, 2013

What is Your "Go To" Non OSR / D&D Ruleset?

I ask this question, because although I own a crapload of RPG systems, I run OSR / AD&D / DCC pretty much exclusively these days.

I'm tempted to run an OpenQuest 2 game for a few sessions when it ships (I supported the Indiegogo).

Still, all that being said, I'm open to other systems, so long as the crunch isn't much. And yes, I know about Savage Worlds, just have trouble wrapping my head around it at times (love the Solomon Kane RPG tho', go figure).

So, any thoughts or ideas?

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  1. I love my Rules Cyclopedia and Microlite 74/75 rulesets, but I'm currently doing a RuneQuest 6 campaign. It's rules-heavier, but it all makes sense, which is nice. I am immensely excited for this campaign.

    Just finished with Savage Worlds. It took a bit to get used to it, but the players loved it (for alt-history supers).

    If had to run a non-OSR game right now, with no prep? Does Castles & Crusades count?

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  2. The game system that has become my go to is Abstract Dungeon. I've been using it really well to play a play by post. It's designed to be really setting agnostic and an incredibly quick resolution.

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  3. I am an unabashed lover of the Cortex system. Not Cortex Plus but the plain vanilla Cortex System book. It is a fun, fast system where you're always rolling something ... its all rolls, all rolls!

    I am also a fan of Open6 and Mini6 ... except for their ideas on magic which are just too vague, so I tend to run Swords and Sandals or Swords and Planets games with that system (and Doctor Who).

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  4. I've switched from AD&D/LL to Dungeon World, and I cannot imagine ever going back.

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  5. No secret for me that it's the Runequest/BRP/Call of Cthulhu lineup. And GURPS when I have the right mix of players.

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  6. Another vote for BRP from me. Almost exclusively in its Call of Cthulhu guise these days.

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  7. Mine is Savage Worlds. I really like that it's so much different from the old school D&D type systems.

    However, I've only used it for Post Apocalyptic, Pulp Cthulhu, and World War 2 type games. Not sure if it would work for straight up fantasy.

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  8. My non-D&D these days that I'm running are:

    Gamma World (the latest edition in the ugly green box)
    Star Frontiers
    Vampire: the Requerade / Masquiem... whatever

    The games I pull out when we need some random RPG fun?

    Lacuna Part 1 - The Creation of the Mystery and the Girl from Blue City (I FREAKING LOVE THIS GAME)
    Any number of the 1PG mini-games.

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  9. Star Wars d6, MiniSix, and Risus. Or the German 'Saga'-System, all are rules-light and easy to houserule.

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  10. d100 systems (BRP/RQ/Legend) or Cortex Prime for the most part. Rather fond of Ubiquity also (Hollow Earth Expedition/Leagues of Adventure)

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  12. Though I haven't had the chance to play it yet, I'm liking Barbarians of Lemuria.

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  13. Ashen Stars is a pretty good game, based around the Gumshoe engine. I had a lot of fun running an investigative game using it recently. And Legends of the Five Rings (L5R) is an awesome game system if you want a little of the old hack and slash with your tea ceremony.

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  14. I've always been a big fan of the Pacesetter Action Table System. Once you grok how it works, it covers pretty much everything that could happen in-game.

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  15. For obvious reasons, Dangerous Journeys. However, it is a tad crunchy. For something light in the extreme, try TWERPS.

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  16. How about something middle of the road? The Fantasy Trip. Love that game, probably ran more of it than anything outside of D&D.

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  17. Flashing Blades and Cavemaster
    I haven't really liked anything else I've tried.

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  18. Traveller (preferably MT, though MgT has been growing on me) or GURPS.

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  19. I'm looking! GM'd a bunch of Call of Cthulu, WEG Star Wars and PARANOIA back in the '80s, but since 2000 it's been D&D-based systems almost exclusively (currently 1e AD&D online and 4e D&D tabletop). I ran a fun Dragon Warriors mini-campaign during the vacation with my 6-year old son, but now we're back home with Netflix & ipad that has tailed off. I played Savage Worlds for several months, but it was a terrible fit with the grim & gritty War of the Dead zombie horror setting, not that All Flesh Must Be Eaten is much better.
    I recently bought the big BRP book alongside the A Song of Ice and Fire RPG, I'd like to use the former as a generic system for non-D&D games(I once used Call of Cthulu for ALIENS, and that worked brilliantly) but that'll be a long time coming. Also in theory I like the idea of running Traveller, but...

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  20. For me it's Call of Cthulhu, Old School Hack, or D20 Modern, depending on the genre. I have a fondness for Big Eyes, Small Mouth (BESM) as well but it takes work to design up stuff to play.

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  21. For me it has to be Fate. I've used it for a ton of things since first buying Spirit Of The Century

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  22. My go-to system is GURPS 3rd Edition.

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  23. I don't have a "Go To" Non OSR / D&D Ruleset, but I'd like to play more WFRP(1E), and try Savage Worlds and Shadowrun.

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  24. Worlds of Wordplay (http://d101games.com/books/wordplay/).

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