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Jun. 21st, 2008 | 10:44 pm

Something which I have quite a bit of historical connection with, but nothing right at the moment - but this _is_ Livejournal, and thus a reply might be forthcoming.

What are people playing in terms of, you know, pencil-and-paper, sit-around-the-table RPGs these days? I am now almost completely divorced from the scene and know very little. I hear some squawks about 4th edition D&D, which sounds pretty dire to me to be honest, even if 3.5e seemed quite decent (and I also have a copy of d20 Modern which is not all that bad either). But I'm not really that interested in D&D anyway - "fantasy" seems to be very much not what it claims to be, more cleaving to assorted dull elves-and-orcs-and-spells routines which just make me yawn now.

Personally speaking I settled on GURPS in my early years and never found any great need to move away from it as a practical system. In fact, I've recently ordered the latest books for it as I understand it's changed a fair amount and gotten a bit more organised and sane.

But either way, what do people play? If I want to run a game based around industrial intrigue and sabotage on late 19th century zeppelin lines between Manchester and Bergen, while the Queen relies on glands harvested from cloud-dwelling natives, is there a system that is more likely to get players? Or should I just write my own damn MMO because nobody does that stuff any more outside of the internet?
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from: anonymous
date: Jun. 21st, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Um, there are D20 modifications that are supposed to handle anything (BESM D20, True20), & they're not terribly hard for your friends used to D&D to learn.

And of course the original BESM (Big Eyes Small Mouth), GURPS, &--I don't know, I got tired of RP.

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from: foolsguinea
date: Jun. 21st, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, that was me.

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fool's guinea

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from: foolsguinea
date: Jun. 21st, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
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None of which really answers your question. I still know some D&D players, maybe about as many as I knew before. My cousin who was an obsessive RP'er & all over the place is now always playing World of Warcraft, it's disturbing. But it's like the Everquest/Evercrack explosion a few years ago. I think we may have reached equilibrium.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
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That equilibrium may be "everyone is playing WoW" of course.

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Rabbi Mindbender

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from: elijahdprophet
date: Jun. 21st, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
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I am currently playing in a World of Darkness mixed game and we are getting ready to start playing Aeon Trinity as well. Both in the original flavor pre D20 versions.

The D20 system is good for simplicity but I prefer the older White Wolf d10 based game.

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Lurid Archive

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from: lurid_archive
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
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All the RPGers I know are playing Warcraft, for all the obvious reasons. Its true that Warcraft is coming to the end of its life, but only in the sense that people are looking for the next MMO...which may well be Warcraft 2.

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Gorilla Body Robot Brain

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from: infrarad
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
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Wow, really? I couldn't actually locate any roleplaying in Warcraft, and so I figured that RPGers were hiding in bunkers with d10s and canned meat.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 08:45 am (UTC)
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I know there are RP servers, but from all I saw that just meant "lower incidence of calling-people-fags" - not that I spent all that much time in WoW.

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Michael

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from: mjl
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
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As someone that spends lots of time in WoW, on an RP server, and there isn't a lot of RP. RP either happens due to some kind of organised RP session outside the usual mechanics of WoW, or ad-hoc stuff walking around in town. For the most part, it's more of a MMO-RTS or MMO-FPS than RPG.

No idea of the answer to the original question - I haven't played offline RPGs since first edition AD&D...

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
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For certain people it's obviously better, depending perhaps on how much the "game" / "advancement" elements are important. (I expect this has been done to death on the gaming blogs over the years and in assorted dissertations.) I would have expected a fair chunk of people not to have found what they were looking for in MMOs, though - or, at least, not entirely what they were looking for, not enough to give up tabletop RPGing.

Mind you, combine the existence of MMOs with increasing lack of time and players as people move around and get older, and it could well be that it goes over the edge of not being worth it.

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Lurid Archive

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from: lurid_archive
date: Jun. 23rd, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
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No, there isn't much RP but IMO the same people who were RPers are now getting their kicks from Warcraft. Its different, sure, but it is close enough and convenient enough that people have substituted the one for the other.

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