Encounter Critical III is an OSR roleplaying game by Venger Satanis... eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, and post-apocalyptic.
What can I say about Encounter Critical? Written by S. John Ross as a satire of other, prior Old School RPGs, it acquired a bit of a cult following. When it was put up for sale by its creator in early 2021, Venger purchased the rights to the system. Now, in the second half of 2022, Venger is Kickstarting Encounter Critical III (I do not believe there was an actual Encounter Critical I).
Note: The Original Encounter Critical can be snagged for free at DTRPG. Even if you have no desire to back the EC3 Kickstarter, this is no reason to miss out on the older, classic, free version of Encounter Critical.
So, what does the Encounter Critical III Kickstarter offer that differs from the original? In Venger's own words:
I'm all about rules-light, minimalist games, so I intend for Encounter Critical III to come out somewhere between 25-30 full-color pages. That will include the rules to play the game and at least one introductory adventure.
I also intend for Encounter Critical III to be compatible with standard OSR systems and rules. Here's a recent video of me talking about system simplicity without sacrificing the OMG, WTF?!? vibe: https://youtu.be/AQEO3ZY9naU
Additionally, there will be a one-page list of options allowing people to make their own OSR type RPG more like EC3, if they don't want to abandon their own system of choice.
What's the catch? I'm setting the game in Cha'alt, or, at least, a version of Cha'alt, assuming, as I do, that campaign settings such as this exist in a multiverse. If you already know and love Cha'alt, then it's a win/win/win!
If you are a fan of Venger's work, Encounter Critical III will likely be a good fit for you. If you aren't a fan, YMMV. The source material is solid. See for yourself, as the link is above.
Encounter Critical III is 10 bucks for 25-30 full-color pages in PDF. No print version is available at this time.
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