It’s less than a week till the official start of Play a New RPG Month so I thought I’d write an update on what has been going on in preparation for the month. It has been pretty humbling (and downright awesome) to see people that we don’t know discussing PANRPG independently of our involvement. This means that the idea is spreading, and we couldn’t be happier.
Originally created and released by Games Workshop in 1986, this was one of the first British roleplaying games to get any kind of traction. What sets WFRP apart however is the character creation method. Your character will go through ‘professions’ to gain experience and skills that are tied to what they do. The character progresses through a number of professions as the go through the game. The overall setting is pretty gritty, and the combat can be a bit deadly, but overall, if you like the Warhammer universe, you will most likely enjoy this game immensely.
Widely acknowledged as the second ever modern roleplaying game, Tunnels & Trolls was first released in 1975 to be a more simple and accessible game to Dungeons & Dragons. It gathered quite a following in the early days due to its elegant and cut down system. The system suited standard roleplaying games, but also Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book style games as well, and many of these were written.
The first edition of Rolemaster was released in the early 1980′s and quickly established itself as one of the major roleplaying games available. The system employs an open ended d100 roll for almost all checks. This was quite rare when it was first released as most games at that time tried to include everyone of the standard polyhedral set at least once. The tables used in the combat resolution are frequently humorous and add a lot to the game.