Star Wars RPG Saga Edition was released in 2007, and uses a heavily modified version of the d20 System. Sometimes called a “3.75″ system, it has many of the good features of both 3.5 and 4E D&D. The Saga Edition has excellent class design and balance, such that Jedi do not dominate the game and all characters are useful. The rules are very strong, with combats resolving quickly but satisfyingly, and there are excellent rules for starship combat that are easy to get the hang of.
The Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game is set in the world of H. P. Lovecraft and places the characters in direct confrontation with the forces of the Cthulhu Mythos. Most commonly the setting is in the 1920′s although earlier and later settings are covered by the rules. The game is somewhat unique in that the ‘heros’ are not particularly special. They are usually everyday people who happen to be caught up in things. The games are also often very focused on an investigation of some occurence, or some great evil. Investigators (as the heros are called in the game) are often called upon to uncover the evil machinations of dark cults, or the malevolent workings of deranged madmen.
The setting for VtM is one of a dark gothic near future where Vampires live in communities, often fighting over resources and power. Humans are treated with a mixture of contempt, need for control, as food and often with envy. A powerful theme throughout the game is the loss of humanity. The more you act like a Vampire, the less human you will be, and thus, the less control you will have over yourself. In the end the setting is very rich, with the sourcebooks being well written enough to be read cover to cover.
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.