June 8, 2004

WISH 99: Best RPGS

The penultimate WISH, from Ginger:

Pick three to five genres and name the best RPG for that genre. Why do you think it�s the best? What makes it better than others? What are its downsides?

A tough question, deciding on best:

For Anime-style RPG, I will have to go with the folks at Guardians of Order and BESM. Coming soon in a new edition, no less. I've always wanted to try it.

For two-fisted action, I am going to go for a tie between Feng Shui and Adventure!, since they occupy the niches in slightly different ways--Adventure is period pulp, while Feng Shui is Hong Kong rock em, sock em action.

Horror: Call of Cthulhu. Of course, in its several variations (including the new Dark Ages one).

Science Fiction: I've noticed others have said it, and despite the "you might die in character creation" flaw that I've pointed out, Traveller is still the SF RPG world of which all other are but shadows. And that leads us to the final

General RPG: Amber. Sure, I've modified rules, thrown in everything but the kitchen sink, eschew auctions and the like. But if I want a game where the players are in a medieval castle's ballroom while others are on a spaceship fighting a space dragon, Amber is the system I'd use.

And let me add my voice to Arref's in thanking Ginger for 99 WISHES and a bittersweet looking forward to the 100th and final.

Posted by Jvstin at June 8, 2004 9:41 PM