Pen & Paper

Pen & Paper Games – The Alternative Future

Continuing from my last post where I wrote down what I played and what I read into, there’s more – the stuff I might play at some point in the future!
Sadly there are a lot of systems I never really got in contact with, and I would have loved to play them or just read more about them.
In no particular order:

If I didn’t have a huge backlog of books I might just scour ebay for the Earthdawn core book and maybe just buy some Pathfinder & Numenera books, those are the ones highest on my interest list for the last few years.
But there’s also stuff that’s well-known that never really sounded very interesting to me

  • MERP (MERS in German) back when it was new
  • Call of Cthulhu
  • HârnMaster – I read a scathing review many years ago that said you’d have to take like 5 skill dice rolls already just for getting out of bed and brushing your teeth 😀

So yeah, I’m basically interested in Pen & Paper game systems and I read many more source books than I used actively playing.
PS: Blaugust has started and this is my twenty-fifth post if scheduling still works.

Pen & Paper Games – The Past

I’ve played my first Pen & Paper role playing game in 1995 or 1996 – and as many Germans the system was “The Dark Eye” (Das Schwarze Auge), because D&D wasn’t so popular and well-known as in other countries. It’s heavily inspired by D&D of course and it’s been around since 1984 – but at least from the people where I learned about it.. there was no talk about D&D.
Later on I played some Shadowrun (and we have group going again after a few years’ pause) and Vampire: The Masquerade, Hunter: The Reckoning, Paranoia, Lord of the Rings (the new one, not MERP), Engel and some other stuff.
Then there’s a few systems where I have bought and/or read a few books, but never really played it (except maybe for a shirt one-shot at a con):

  • World of Warcraft – *cringe*, one of the worst source books I ever read, pure money-making and I fell for it
  • Star Wars – we nearly started an online group via IRC/Skype going…
  • Fading Suns – awesome world, I loved this core rule book
  • Kult – so refreshingly disturbing

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my twenty-fourth post if scheduling works 😉