Wednesday, January 5, 2011

OpenQuest & RuneQuest Thoughts

I find myself once again toying around with OpenQuest.  I like feeling of the rules, but it's sort of a weird game for me because I have very little experience with RuneQuest.  I've read Mongoose RuneQuest II, and I've poked around older editions, too.  I think the simplicity of OpenQuest is a big draw for me, but I'm wanting to make sure I don't miss out on any of the good bits from other RuneQuest kindred.  The games seem pretty compatible, really, so part of the fun is scrounging around other RuneQuest books to see if there's anything I want to add on.

I'll be honest: as an American growing up when and where I did, RQ wasn't exactly on the list of most-played games. Rifts, D&D, Palladium Fantasy, and Traveller dominated, and I'm not sorry for it.  But it is nice to explore, even from an angle, a game with so much history built up behind it.  I feel like a tourist in a lot of the discussions I read, but maybe this is the time RQ, courtesy of OpenQuest, finally clicks into place.  As soon as I get the funds, I need to snag a print copy or the latest download at RPGNow. I understand there's been a couple of changes in the Final Edition of OQ.

7 comments:

Jeffrywith1e said...

I have the same history, more or less. However, I did get my hands on the RQ3 Deluxe box set (in fabulous condition) and am also sorry I missed out on this fine system for so long. If you haven't, pick yourself up a copy of the Basic Roleplaying Gold book. It includes almost all the optional and additional rules. I'd like to get ahold of this OpenQuest.

~t~ said...

You can download the OpenQuest Developer's Kit at the following link:

http://d101games.co.uk/downloads/

It is a great system that strips out the extras so that you can get to roleplaying without the system getting in the way...

Wothbora

Johnathan Bingham said...

I have RuneQuest the original Second edition as wll as Mongoose RuneQuest. I'm highly intrigued but I think my lack of exposure to the system presents a high barrier to entry for me. I've ordered a hard copy of OpenQuest and excited to pour over it. I'd like to really dig into the rules and see how it operates.

Newtus said...

Good luck with your journey into D100 gaming with OpenQuest. The game seems to be entering a phase of awareeness beyond the D100/BRP grognards pickingup, where new players who have never played RQ/BRP before are picking up on it.

Feel free to pester me over at the D101 forums about it (d101games.co.uk/forum) and check out some of the supplements that support the game.

Zachary Houghton said...

@Jeffrey: I have toyed around with BRP here and now. I have a couple projects I got distracted on with it.

@Johnathan: Let us know how it goes!

@Newt: Thanks, Newt! I will likely be doing just that as questions arise. :)

Thanks for the comments!

Old School Gm said...

Long-time RQ guy here. I second the recommendation for Basic Roleplaying. It's an excellent extrapolation of the original RQ rules for use in any setting. It's lightweight, so if you're the kind of gamer who likes rules that don't get in your way, it could be a good fit.

Mongoose RQ2 is certainly more complex, but it's my favorite incarnation of RuneQuest. The combat rules in particular provide a lot of flavor without getting too bogged down.

Jay Murphy said...

OpenQuest is an excellent fantasy role playing system. So far it beats every other fantasy role playing system I've tinkered with. You should create a few characters with the rules. After tinkering with character concept and grasping how you can thematically integrate the magical systems with any type of character concept I think you will be off and running and not be looking back!