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So many great systems – so little time – pt.1

December 6, 2011

I’m a big fan of RPGs of many different stripes. I also have the great fortune of usually being able to game once, if not twice a week. Even still, there are game systems out there that I would really love to try, but due to ongoing campaigns, or scheduling conflicts I just can’t find the time. Some I even supported as kickstarter projects, but haven’t been able to dedicate more time than just a cursory read.

This week we’ll be doing a series of articles game systems that I would love to play. One day. If you’ve played them and enjoyed them, let us know in the comments below!

First up, Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG: The guys at Goodman games have been making RPGs and modules for 3.5 and 4e for years. DCC RPG is an interesting combination of a throwback aesthetic, but with new and innovative mechanics. Its essentially like basic DnD with your Warrior, Wizard, Cleric, Thief, and class/races Elf, Dwarf and Halfling. One of the more controversial additions is the level-0 character “funnel.” Every player starts with 2-4 0-level characters, and which ever survive the first adventure graduate to being a full-fledged 1st level character. There are really interesting magic mechanics for wizards and clerics, and the warrior has a cool mechanic called “mighty deeds.” The beta book (free download) is packed with awesome retro artwork from Doug Kovacs, Jeff Easley, and Erol Otus among others. If you haven’t downloaded it, do yourself a favor and check it out now! I’ve got my copy on pre-order for its pending release in Feb. 2012.

Tomorrow: Leverage RPG

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