Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Favorite Obscure RPG?

So, this thread came up over at Mos Eisley, wherein we were to name our favorite little-known RPG and why we liked it.

There are some great responses in that thread, but I'll throw out as one of my suggestions Legendary Lives, which is still available as a free download. I believe the second edition of the game was back in 1993, and it definitely has the feel of an early 90s fantasy RPG--its a good representative in a lot of ways as far as what was going on with game design around that period. But the sheer number of races and classes make this a blast to read, and a good source for ideas. I had some blank spots on my expanded homebrew map that needed some native races, and the Spriggans and Hobs described Legendary Lives worked out really nicely.

Let's throw the question out there: what is your favorite obscure roleplaying game, and why?

8 comments:

Rob Lang said...

Thanks for the tip, I'm going to add it to my review list!

PatrickWR said...

Does Everway count as obscure? I mean, it's a WOTC product, but it got marketed like Monopoly or Risk. But I've probably played more games of Everway than I have of any other RPG.

bonemaster said...

@patrickwr, I'd count Everyway as obscure. Just like I'd count Talislanta as obscure too.

Hell just about anything I played in the 80's would almost considered obscure by some of the current people I play with. (Some of them were too young to even be reading during the 80s)

Nick said...

Paragon, a free for download d20 superheros game. It was the only class/level/race game that really worked for me. It was especially interesting that it managed to make the class/race system work for an unusual genre like superheroes.

Zachary The First said...

@patrick: Nice intro on your blog about Everway. It counters some of the negative stuff I used to hear over at RPGnet. Might have to give it a look!

@bonemaster: You're right, a lot of the 80s (and 90s now!) stuff is pretty obscure, even by gaming standards. :)

@nick: I have that file on my computer somewhere. May need to look at it...

InShaneee said...

I'm a fan of Children of the Sun. Their 'interrupt' system, the innoviation of the book, needs some tweaking to be good, but their magic-item creation system is wonderful, and I enjoy the setting, as well.

Scott said...

It's hard for me to choose between the many obscure games on my shelves, but I think Nobilis is a strong contender. It's a diceless roleplaying game that operates on a grand power scale -- you play something akin to a god. It's about wars, intrigues, forbidden romance, power struggles, and the possible end of reality as we don't know it.

It's also the most fun-to-read rulebook I possess.

Steve-o said...

Stalking the Night Fantastic. It's just a fun easy to play horror RPG that can implement any type of spookiness you can think of.