I’m participating in the #RPGaDAY 2018 challenge, so August is going to be busy with posting. They’ve broken up the challenge into 5 themes, corresponding with the weeks. Week One focuses on the What, Week Two the How, Week Three is Describe, Week Four is Which, and Week Five brings it all home with Share. But for now let’s just settle in and focus on today’s question:
Day Twenty-One: Which Game Do You Hope To Play Again?
For the last five – has it really been that long? – years I’ve been playing Pathfinder almost exclusively. There’s been occasional one-shots or short campaigns in other systems, but the groups I’m in have their thoughts turn to Pathfinder with stunning regularity. But my diet of d20 gaming is coming to an end, and it’s time to dig through the lists for the three games I wish to play again in the near future.
Shadowrun: I’ve played just a little bit of 4E and Anniversary Edition Shadowrun, and loved it. For how we used the system, the complexity was almost all character generation focused, since we used house rules for hacking. But I desire even simpler games now, and my eye has been caught be Shadowrun: Anarchy. Might not be in the letter of the rules, but in this case I want to play a style and system again, with an updated, lighter rules system.
Savage Worlds: The tagline of Fast! Furious! Fun! really describes my experiences with Savage Worlds. It’s a game where I’m never concerned with optimal builds and min-maxing, or stacking up bonuses or damage dice. I can have a room full of monkeys create infinite Savage Worlds characters for me, and each one would be a blast to play. It’s my ultimate popcorn game, where I can focus on enjoying play for the sake of play. It seems like every Savage Worlds campaign I’m in comes to a close too soon, so I’m hoping there’s more of this in my gaming future.
Marvel Super Heroes: I want to come full circle on my gaming, and that means actually playing Marvel Super Heroes, with the rules, the full FASERIP stats and color chart, the works. I didn’t play this game rules as written (we didn’t have the rules, see), so it’s become a bit of a white whale. I need to find someone willing to run the game, who has the experience of playing in their youth, so I can bring my first experience of RPGs to a close. It’s not nostalgia; I’m not expecting the greatest session in the world. I am expecting to see again what was there that captured my mind so long ago, even while doing everything wrong.