Autocratik (David F Chapman). #RPGaDAY2015 – 20th day, 17th question:
Favourite Fantasy RPG?
I cheated a bit. Tunnels & Trolls (Flying Buffalo) is my all time favourite. This game is unrivalled. I am looking forward to the upcoming Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls.
For #RPGaDay2015 I pick the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game (Alderac Entertainment Group). Honestly, I played the first edition only a few times, but since then it is one of my fantasy heartbreakers.
System-wise: I like the Roll & Keep mechanic. „Roll“ some 10-sided dice and „keep“ some of them. Compare the sum of the kept dice with a target number. There are some tweaks, but basically that’s it. Very easy with interesting outcomes.
Setting-wise: Rokugan – the fictional Japanese and Asian inspired Fantasy setting simply rocks! Beside the great old one Glorantha this is probably one the most adorable roleplaying backgrounds. The emperor and the seven, ahem, eight Great Clans struggle for supremacy.
Demonic Oni, reclusive Naga, the struggle of the minor clans, the Kolat conspiracy or the mysterious Living Darkness offer also great adventure opportunities. This is not your Monty Haul (D&D) campaign setting. Culture and social conventions are occasionally more important than fighting skills and magical prowess.
Finally, Glorantha (Moon Design Publications) is my close second. Look at Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, look at Earthdawn – everywhere you will find striking similarities to Greg Stafford’s classic Bronze/Iron Age fantasy creation. Even renowned Dungeons & Dragons designers like Jonathan Tweet or Rob Heinsoo are fans and heavily influenced by this „insider tip“. I often think Runequest (The Design Mechanism), the original Glorantha RPG, is far better known than the world.
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