Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Presenting The Great RPG Tournament!

Inspired the current NCAA basketball March Madness, I made my own Grand RPG Tournament Bracket, where an eclectic mix of RPGs battle against one another for bragging rights. I confess I really didn't know where to go with the idea; I didn't want to do a poll; so I think I'm going to roll some dice. Percentiles. The higher seed gets to add the difference between the two seeds x5 to his score. So if a #7 and #10 seed play, the #7 seed gets to add 15 (a difference of 3 times 5) to his score. The percentiles will be open-ended on a roll of 98-00, meaning that team can roll again. Highest score advances. Clearly, this is the best and most scientific way to finally figure out what's the best RPG of all time.

I'll be updating the bracket each round! And please don't take the seedings too seriously. In a lot of cases, there isn't much of a difference between a 5 and a 12 (though there might be just a hint between a 1 and 16). Place your bets, or give us your pick to win it all!

Edit: Here's a bracket (Excel) courtesy of reader Olman! Make your picks! Feel free to email it to me so you can have braggin' rights when you pick the winner! And feel free to link on blogs or forums--the more folks we have following this, the more fun it should be! Note: Some copies may show the 14th seed in the Flumph bracket as Synnibar. It should be SenZar--Synnibar is in the Grue bracket, as we all know. I've updated it).

Rust Monster Region

1 Rules Cyclopedia D&D
16 F.A.T.A.L.

8 Basic Fantasy RPG
9 Spirit of the Century

5 In Harm's Way
12 MegaTraveller

4 Warhammer Fantasy 2e
13 Lords of Creation

6 Basic Roleplaying
11 StarCluster2

3 Amber
14 Torg

7 Star Wars d6
10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

2 Pathfinder
15 Wushu

Black Pudding Region

1 D&D 4th Edition
16 Spawn of Fashan

8 Werewolf: The Forsaken
9 Castles & Crusades

5 Hackmaster
12 Rifts

4 GURPS 4e
13 Cyberpunk 2020

6 Thousand Suns

3 True20
14 AD&D 2e

7 Roma Imperious
10 Houses of the Blooded

2 Call of Cthulhu
15 Empire of Satanis

Grue Region

1 D&D 3.5
16 Nobilis

8 Risus
9 Lacuna Part I

5 Shadowrun
12 Microlite74

4 Two-Fisted Tales
13 Truth & Justice

6 Swords & Wizardry
11 Palladium Fantasy

3 RuneQuest
14 World of Synnibar

7 Spycraft 2.0
10 Epic Role Playing

2 Savage Worlds
15 Exalted 2e

Flumph Region

1 Classic Traveller
16 Cyborg Commando

8 Encounter Critical
9 Star Wars Saga Edition

5 AD&D 1e
12 Tunnels & Trolls

4 Mongoose Traveller
13 Maid RPG

6 Burning Wheel
11 Squirrel Attack!

3 Aces and Eights
14 SenZar

7 7th Sea
10 Vampire: The Requiem

2 Labyrinth Lord
15 Wraethuthu


Olman Feelyus said...

Awesome idea. Anybody got time to make this into a real bracket?

Olman Feelyus said...

Oh, I definitely see Savage Worlds coming out of the Grue, but it's going to be a tough finale with a now-weakened, but still tough D&D 3.5.

I'm working on a bracket. Give me the afternoon and I'll get something to you.

You should maybe think about having your audience vote to determine the winners of each round.

Zachary The First said...

Olman: That’s awesome! Thanks!
There should be some good matchups, I think. I wonder who we’ll see for “upsets”?

greywulf said...

Rules Cyclopedia for the win!

Ryan said...

I'm rooting for Rules Cyclopedia!

Of course, this is all done in good fun...we all know that any serious examination of rpg greatness would show that Ninjas and Superspies is clearly the most awesome roleplaying game- nay, the most awesome book ever written by mortal hands.

Zachary The First said...

@Ryan: Well, scientific methods such as this have only progressed so far, you know. :)

Zachary The First said...

@Olman: I thought about it, but didn't want the hassle of a poll site. And didn't think there'd be enough votes to matter. So I thought resolution by dice might be strangely fitting. Perhaps a vote in the later rounds?

mthomas768 said...

4th edition as a #1 over CoC? What was the committee thinking? Sure 4th has had a great season, but think of the experience on the CoC team. ;)

You could model momentum by giving any underdog a permanent bonus equal to seed difference for any upset.

mthomas768 said...

If anyone has PDF edit capabilities, there's a pretty clean blank bracket for this year's tournament here:

Zachary The First said...

Thanks to Olman for the bracket! I've added it to the post!

@mthomas: Consider momentum rules added! Great idea!

Feel free to spread the word/link. I'd like some games to get cheering sections. :)

Zachary The First said...

Email from reader "Arlo" (who couldn't post b/c of Blogger, evidently):

..True20 FTW! I see a big upset brewing.

I'm surprising to see AD&D 1st ranked where they are; everyone knows they just beat out OSRIC in their conference title game!

We'll have to see if the cagey vets of Classic Traveller have it in them for one more title run!!...

Olman Feelyus said...

There are some great games in the first round! Here are some key matchups to watch:

5 Hackmaster
12 Rifts
Which side has the insanest fanboyz!?

6 Thousand Suns
Two focused and disciplined squads, no world-beaters but well-respected by the analysts.

4 Two-Fisted Tales
13 Truth & Justice
I kind of like T&J with an upset here!

6 Swords & Wizardry
11 Palladium Fantasy
Old, but wily, can Kevin S's boys take down the young old school?

8 Encounter Critical
9 Star Wars Saga Edition
Now this is the game of the first round! SWSE, traditional, conservative, powerful alumni versus the unconventional little school that could, both fighting over the same genre territory but from entirely different perspectives. Rotwang is going to be hoarse by the end of this one.

I have to hand it to the committee, the placement in the first round is really well done overall. There are going to be a few criticisms here and there, but that is inevitable. Nice work!

Zachary The First said...

Oh, the Encounter Critical/Star Wars game should be epic! Oddsmakers are all over the place with that one!

World of Synnibar: Considered a laughingstock by most of the tourney, yet they look like they've come to play! Do they have some March magic in them?

Zachary The First said...

By the way, 1st round results should update Friday afternoon! So make sure to tune in!

HinterWelt said...

Squirrels will rule ALL! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Of course, those Shaolin Squirrels would have a better chance...

Ragnorakk said...

I'll put a five spot on T&T.
Fang the Delectable may have a low
DEX, but man, he sure is consistant...

Then again, all the teams might actually
be comprised of varius shades of Nyarlatoep, which would be a real upset if not revealed unti lthe final round...

FASERIP said...

In a match-up recalling tourneys from the early 80s, I got AD&D 1e winning it all over RuneQuest.

Max said...

They cleared F.A.T.A.L. to play?! After the allegations of improper behavior, illegal measurement of the, uh, equipment of opposing teams, and the thing about ****** the cheerleading squad in the ****** with **** and *******? Shocking!

Mike said...

Have we forgotten the great TSR games such as Top Secret, Marvel and Star Frontiers... they go the the RPG NIT over Cyborg Commandos?