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Play A New RPG Month

Rupert G. over at Dice of Doom posted an article on his blog wherein he exhorts us to forge into new territory and play a new role-playing game.  He’s gone so far as to christen October 2011 Play A New RPG Month.  To show his commitment, he even has a website dedicated to this worthwhile event.

Personally, I think this is a wonderful idea.  I have wanted to try something other than Dungeons & Dragons for a long, long time, and I think this is a perfect excuse opportunity to convince my players.  In that spirit, I present to you, in no particular order, the candidates for my own Play A New RPG Month event (events, perhaps?).

  1. Dragon Age RPG This is a very likely option for me and my group.  Like D&D, it is a sword-and-sorcery fantasy RPG.  I am impressed with the simple rules of the game, and fascinated by its dice mechanic.  Ever since I first heard about it, and especially since I purchased and read the rulebooks, I’ve been itching to give it a go.
  2. Spirit Of The Century Billing itself as a pickup game, SotC is a pulp RPG.  This is a new genre for me, but I love the high-action feel.  On top of that, the FATE system is built on Fudge, with which I have been enamored for over a decade.  This may be the perfect opportunity to finally try it out.
  3. Gamma World While I am running a Gamma World PbP game, I’d gladly jump at the opportunity for a face-to-face session.  Since it uses a slightly modified version of the 4E D&D rules, this would be an easy sell to my players, as well as easy for me to run.
  4. Shadowrun 20th Anniversary Edition I love the fusion of cyberpunk and fantasy.  The only obstacle is to this is that I only recently bought the book, and it is incredibly detailed.  I may not have enough time to read and learn the rules.  This may have to go on the back burner.
  5. d20 Modern I love how the classes work in this game: each one keyed off of an ability score.  I also like the talent trees, and the multi-classing rules.  Even if I decide to go with the Urban Arcana or Dark*Matter, it’ll be a welcome diversion.
  6. Star Wars d20 If you’re reading this, you are most likely familiar with, or at least aware of, Star Wars.  So are my players, which makes this an easy game for my group.
  7. Star Trek The Next Generation RPG Again, you’re probably familiar with Star Trek.  Actually, I almost got to play this when it was first released.  We even went so far as to create our characters.  Unfortunately, during the character creation session, we reminisced about our old D&D games, firing up the GM’s creative juices.  The next week, he announced that he had a great idea for a new D&D campaign, and that we should roll up new characters for that. So, the Star Trek game crashed before it was launched.  I, however, never really lost the desire to boldly go where no one has gome before.

I will stop here, before this becomes a “Games I Want To Run Or Play” post.

How about you?  Will you participate in Play A New RPG Month, now that you know of it?  Do you have any RPGs in mind?


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