So Many Great Systems – So Little Time – Pt. 4
In what will be our last entry in this series for awhile, we will spend some time with 3rd Eye Games’ Part Time Gods. This game started as a kickstarter. At the time, I had just finished reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, and so the concept of everyday people discovering they had a divine spark and dominion over a certain aspect of the world really caught my interest.
The game is based on the Dynamic Gaming System lite, which only requires 1d20 to play. Essentially it boils down to 1d20 + modifier to resolve anything. For people familiar with D&D 4e, that sounds like an endless skill challenge, but it looks like it ends up having a lot more possibilities and creativity than that.
The book includes a lot of rich background history about the game world, as well as a detailed character creation chapter that encourages players to think about their character concept, and not just the numbers on the page. Unlike a lot of RPGs that focus on the protagonists being heroic, this one encourages players to think about their character’s everyday life and background to give them dimension and some possible adventure hooks. Like Spider-man having to protect his identity so his enemies don’t hurt Aunt May and Mary Jane, part-time god characters need to consider balancing their mortal lives with their divine powers.
One of these days we’ll get around to playing it. Its available in both PDF and Print versions from the Third Eye Games store. They’ve got some other interesting titles including a Ninja RPG called Wu-Xing, and Apocalypse Provention Inc., which sounds a bit like Men in Black.
Check out the other parts of our series on awesome games we haven’t found time to play yet:
Part One – DCCRPG
Part Two – Leverage RPG
Part Three – Technoir
Coming soon: A Christmas Carol D&D 4e Adventure!