I’d love to see a second edition of Torg, there was a promised Torg 2.0 announced a while ago but that never materialised which is a great shame.
If I was to redo the game I’d probably look for a different resolution system but retain all the really cool stuff like the Drama Deck and possibility energies. You could also tidy up some of the loose ends like ords which shouldn’t really be able to operate outside of their cosms and give the Possibility War a proper ending.
It was one of those games of the period and I still love it after all these years.
I suppose you could reboot the game using FATE or even Savage Worlds but I don’t have the time or energy to do such a conversion.
For as long as I have gamed, there have been character sheets of varying qualities and rapid advancements in modern technology means it is very easy to grab a downloadable copy of a character sheet. So I’m going to limit myself to official character sheets and the best looking sheet I ever saw for purchase could be found in the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay character pack.
This product contained fifty printed sheets on a pad with all the important stuff on it and a wonderful supplement that enabled you to create a background for the character by rolling on several charts. A fun addition to the rather dry character creation process.
The last RPG I bought was the One Roll Engine from Bundle of Holding. A collection of books and supplements using the One Roll Engine system.
I guess I really wanted it for the Better Angels RPG, a game where you play a supervillian granted their powers after they struck a deal with a demon. Character creation is co-operative and sees you create not only your villain but also influencing the demon of another player character.
In some ways I consider myself lucky with the players I have gamed with over the years as there have been very few refusals on what to play and eventually even All Flesh Must Be Eaten got played.
Of the games I have to hand only Battlestar Galactica has yet to be run and enjoyed by my friends. I think the reason is that at the heart of the game it has a military hierarchy which can cause headaches on its own, let alone dealing with a dwindling population count.
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.
As a somewhat veteran gamer who has seen various books from B&W efforts of typesetting through to the early days of DTP packages and the later revolution of full colour books I have seen several games that try to stand out from the crowd.
One or two have caught my eye over the years and I’ve bought them because they look cool, of these my favourite would have to be Trail of Chtulhu by Pelgrane Press. The whole book just exudes coolness and sets the tone just right for tales of Lovecraftian horror.
The first game I ever purchased was the Marvel Superheroes basic set and I picked this up after seeing various adverts for it in the Marvel comics I was reading at the time. This wasn’t an easy find especially since I was on holiday at the time. I seem to remember getting strange looks from the staff at the Virgin store when I bought it and it cost me £12 or so of my holiday money.
The next problem was trying to understand it and then trying very hard to teach my parents and grandparents how to play. I gave up in the end and had to wait to get home before I could inflict it upon my willing victims, err, friends 🙂
In the past I used to use eBay and a specialist dealer Second Games Galore to acquire games that I missed the first time around as well as scouring the dealers room at conventions.
I had to think long and hard about this post for today as to what would be my favourite purchase and out of all of the games its TORG by West End Games. If you recall I mentioned this game in a previous post so have a look at it here: http://www.generaltangent.com/blog/2014/05/05/top-10-rpg-list-number-7/
The first game I ever decided to run was the red box edition of DND with a group of friends who got me involved with gaming in the first place.
I sat down with them and ran them through the classic dungeon module B1, In Search of the unknown. I can’t really recall if it was a success or a failure but I know that I made a fair few mistakes that day and endeavoured to learn from them.
Funnily enough, when I started gaming again on Skype, I decided to use this very module as an introduction for them as well as using some of the classic names for the example player characters 🙂
In my collection I have several games that may fit into this category and trying to pick one has been a bit of a nightmare. For some Star Wars seems to fill this niche, for others it is Serenity.
There is only really one game that I was happy to see licensed and that is that awesome Ghostbusters RPG. A very simple rules light system coupled with some really awesome adventures and you all play Ghostbusters! The published adventures were a hoot to play and packed full of the atmosphere of the first movie.
I think it’s a real shame that such a gem of a game is long out of print although there is a spiritual successor in the form of InSperctres. There used to be a homepage for this game but it looks like it has vanished, rpgnow looks like the only place to get the game these days.