• The Super Seven of 2010

    by  • December 28, 2009 • Hobbies, RPGs • 0 Comments

    In 2010, I want to explore RPGs where my players are far more invested and involved in their characters and the direction of the game on the table.  Heading into the new year, I’m looking forward to playing and running seven systems/games new, or new to me.  They are, in no particular order:

    1. Eclipse Phase
    2. Burning Empires/Burning Wheel/Mouseguard
    3. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3e
    4. Spirit of the Century
    5. Diaspora
    6. Atomic Highway
    7. Vampire the Requiem

    Eclipse Phase is transhuman scifi, set in a not so distant future where the earth is a wasteland and mankind on the verge of extinction.  The hardcover is spectacular, and the PDF can be downloaded legally and for free from torrent sites.  Character Generation is pretty involved, but the actual game systems don’t seem to be too heavy.

    In a couple of days, I expect FedEx to deliver Burning Wheel to me, completing the set of games designed by Luke Crane.  Burning Empires, the sci/fi member of the set, is more than an RPG, incorporating a strategic metagame that provides a backdrop for player actions.  The system is filled with innovative and unique ideas.  Not a casual game by any stretch of the imagination, but I believe it will be very rewarding with the right group of people.

    I picked up WFRP3e as soon as it hit the shelves of my FLGS.  I’ve run it a couple of times, and I really enjoy it.  It captures the flavor of Warhammer, and uses some novel mechanics.  The dice, for example, create a broad range of possible outcomes with one roll.  Starting characters don’t suck nearly as much as WFRP2e characters do, while the choices of Actions, Talents and Skills give players a lot of room for customization.

    Spirit of the Century and Diaspora use the FATE system as a basis for Pulp and SciFi games respectively.  I’m new to FATE, but from what I’ve read, I think it will be easier to run with people new to gaming, and should lead to more character driven games, something I’m craving.

    Atomic Highway is a brand new post-apocalyptic game/system that seems to combine the spirits of Mad Max, Fallout, Fallen Earth and Interstate-76.  I really love the genre, and I can’t wait to dig into this one for some serious pick-up game fun with my regular game group.

    And finally, its not new, but I’ve had Vampire waiting on me for some time.  My wife, hooked on all things Vampire, wants me to run it for her and her friends.  Who am I to say no?

    ps: If you’re in Atlanta and any of these game interest you, let me know… always looking for new players!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.


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