Saturday, December 6, 2008

Let's Play Saturday: Which System Would You Use?

A game my friends and I play from time to time centers around someone throwing out the name of a movie, book, or TV show, and having the person name the first system for running it that comes to mind. This has led to some funny results, as well as some interesting insights into what each of us thinks about certain gaming systems and RPGs. The trick is, you have to say or write the answer that you first think of--no time for reflection or We've had one guy say "GURPS" 98% of the time, only to tell us he'd run The Unit with Ninjas & Superspies, and someone else say they'd run Knight Rider with AD&D (2e at the time). Still don't get that one.

Ready to play?

Look at my list below, then respond with your answers in the comments with the first system or game you think of to run a game based on the show, movie, or book. Heck, forward it to your friends. There have to be a few of us awake and online on a snowy Saturday morning; we might as well stick together.

1) Venture Brothers
2) Legend of the Seeker
3) Shogun Assassin
4) The Baroque Cycle
5) Thundercats
6) Korgoth of Barbaria
7) Super Friends
8) Manimal
9) Thundarr the Barbarian
10) Equilibrium

Now why anyone would want to run some of these, I have no idea. But it takes all types, and some of the fun is the horrid, horrid combinations that come up when people have to say the first thing that comes across their gourd.


Alan said...

off the top of the head, huh?

1) Venture Brothers--two-fisted tales (thanks to this blog)
2) Legend of the Seeker--D&D 3.5
3) Shogun Assassin--exalted? i have no idea.
4) The Baroque Cycle--en garde
5) Thundercats--after the bomb
6) Korgoth of Barbaria--basic D&D
7) Super Friends--mutants & masterminds
8) Manimal--um, after the bomb?
9) Thundarr the Barbarian--basic D&D
10) Equilibrium--ninjas & superspies

Bonemaster said...

The funny thing about Thundarr is that someone once tried to create their own rule system for it. It can be found at, which was based of a game called Over the Edge according to the website.

I think either GURPS (which I personally don't like) or Hero System, could be use for most of these, with some effort.

That said, I think Alan has a pretty good list.

sirlarkins said...

Oooh, this I like!

1) Venture Brothers: I think I'd go with Risus for this one.
2) Legend of the Seeker: Hmmm. I'm going to go with D&D 4e on this one.
3) Shogun Assassin: Burning Wheel using the Blossoms Are Falling supplement.
4) The Baroque Cycle: GURPS all the way, preferably using Ken Hite's Hermetic magic.
5) Thundercats: Big Eyes, Small Mouth
6) Korgoth of Barbaria: CastleHack
7) Super Friends: Basic Role Playing
8) Manimal: Ditto
9) Thundarr the Barbarian: OD&D
10) Equilibrium: Hmmmm. A tough one. Maybe Exalted?

Zachary The First said...

Manimal with BRP? I cannot watch, yet I cannot look away...

MJ Harnish said...

You could play any of those with Primetime Adventures.

Zachary The First said...

Indeed you could!

Olman Feelyus said...

I'd do a bunch of those with Cartoon Action Hour: Season 2

Anonymous said...

GUROS venture bros.

I ran one for a while. My players fell into conflicting schedules.

I want to run this online.

I welcome any input along those lines.