August 24

#RPGaDAY 24th: Most Complicated RPG Owned

When I started gaming I was all up for the complicated rule systems as I was a fan of the games as being as realistic as possible.

I was going to suggest Phoenix Command but that’s not a proper RPG rather a replacement combat system which leaves me to consider another candidate and I can’t really choose between either of them.

So I guess the most complicated games I own are Earthdawn and The Babylon Project.


On first glance the game appears to promise so much in the way of background; which it has in spades and a unique resolution system which is where it gets complicated.  Trying to keep track of all the different values and the different die types is a real pain in the behind.

The Babylon Project.

I loved Babylon 5 and I when I heard of a licensed role-playing game I had to have it, the downside was that at the time it was only published in the US; luckily I was going on holiday to the US that year and tracked a copy down.  The game has nine or ten stats and a very complicated combat system.


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Posted August 24, 2014 by GeneralTangent in category "fantasy", "RPG", "sf

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I've been gaming on and off since about 1989 and during that period have played with numerous game systems. I'm fluent in a few, have a basic understanding of quite a few more and can get by in others. Somewhere along the way I found time to be a playtester, contribute to an unpublished game supplement and be associated with another gaming magazine written by far more talented people than I. This lead to one infamous article being written in which I followed the letter of the adventure and torched the parties river barge. I'm also listed on as a game designer.


    1. By GeneralTangent (Post author) on

      I think the Earthdawn ship has finally sailed for me, which is a pity because I liked the background


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