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Pretty sure once folks get over their desire to recreate some actual or fantastical notion of a nostalgic event in gaming we could actually make some progress in game design.


Pelgrane Press added the GUMSHOE one-2-one and Quick Shock content to their Creative Commons BY-3.0 SRD


Munchkin Harry Potter is a thing now, and I'm pretty sure there is stuff competition between Munchkin and Funko Pop for the title of most useless tie-in.

Just noticed that the latest GURPS release is "Disasters: Hurricanes" and I think we're ever closer to the full sourcebook for GURPS Cucumber yet.

(And yes, I have seen this:

Note: I'm not including D&D in this assessment because D&D is pretty much a family of games now ranging from the "old school" to 3E to various blends.

I think BRP and Fudge are the few systems that have aged well since their inception. I attribute that in part because of their flexibility and in part because they either started with, or eventually received, open versions so that folks could tinker with them.

Odd thought: you might be able to get away with mixing Basic Roleplaying Characters with Eclipse Phase characters.

5) Is it essentially D&D? If so then it gets chucked.

6) Does it try to use the number of faces on the die in some clever way (eg: your stats are a dX). Chucked. I really don't like that mechanic, save for Tri Stat.

7) Is it a licensed property that I like, and are the chances of it being reprinted vanishingly small? If so, keep.

8) Is there something that this game does remarkably well? Keep.

9) Is this by a publisher that i hope gets their shit together. Keep (Looking at you, Green Ronin)

Went through and deleted a bunch of PDFs off of my HDD that were of RPG systems and settings that I have no intention of playing or reading. Part of the criteria was the following:

1) Does it have a non-open license? If so then it's more likely to get chucked.

2) Was it released by someone who later turned out to be an asshat? If so then it gets chucked.

3) Is it a classic game? If so then there's a higher chance of it sticking around.

4) Is it by someone that I admire? If so then it stays.

I think that The Starlost would make an excellent RPG, in part because it already feels like a slightly-off laserdisc / FMV game

@olde_fortran @blinks It looks like Another Question's DNS needs some help. I'm not getting a resolution.

Ever wondered what might happen if @mwlucas ever wrote a RPG?

Ever wondered what @mwlucas would say about it thirty years later?

Wonder no more.


Really informative breakdown of how After the War, a kickstarted RPG, ended up with a budget shortfall despite an apparently successful campaign. And good on Jason for making sure everybody (but him, sadly) still got paid above market rate.

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