Monday, August 16, 2010

Serious Risus

I love the humorous, rules-light Risus RPG by S. John Ross, but I must confess, until this past weekend, I'd never seen Serious Risus, a Risus supplement by Lars Erik Larsen. As the name suggests, Serious Risus is intended to assist in utilizing Risus with more "serious" settings.

That seems like a bit of an oxymoron to me, but then again, Risus is deceptively flexible. Risus fans can check it out and see if it adds anything to their game.


Carpe Guitarrem said...

Very interesting rules. I'd say it's not so much "Serious Risus" as it is "Risus Advanced", but there's good stuff there. I think that the High Dice variant does the most to add a less comic element to the game.

The cliches are easily what make the game comic or serious, though these rules can help as well. Actually, "Wushu Open Reloaded" (a fleshing-out of the Wushu Open rules) could shed some insight into serious Risus.

Risus Monkey said...

Lars' Serious Risus has been around a while and is only one of many ways to do Risus in non-comedy games. I'm a big proponent of using Risus for "serious" games. Check out the Risus Monkey ( for examples of how Risus can be used for regular adventure games. I've done Weird West, Classic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Space Opera, and I'm currently looking at Supers.

Zachary The First said...

Yes, Risus Monkey is a great blog and resource!