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Advice/Interest Check.

Posted by cnic
cnic
member, 22 posts
Fri 26 Apr 2024
at 21:54
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Advice/Interest Check

I would like to run one more game but I have too many ideas. Sadly I am not sure what would work well with the PbP format and what people are actually interested in playing. Let me know if you think the following ideas might sound interesting to someone and if you think the game would work well PbP or not.

Kult using Powered by Apocalypse. Kult deals with gnostic horror and hidden true worlds and navigating insanity as your perception of reality shifts. Not sure 20s, 80s, or now.

A Gurps game set in the nearish future. This is an old game concept of mine. A sprawling land war has broken out in Asia. Groups of mercenaries have played a huge role on all levels. Do they take a contract with a dubious General for parts they need for their old transports or help the local villagers even if it will use up the last of the fuel for the power armor. I was looking at potentially porting it to SWADE to make it easier for PbP

ConspiracyX using 2nd edition Conspiracy X rules. A secret organization has invited you in because you learned too much but could be useful. There are truths, aliens have been to earth and still are here, magic and psychics do exist too supposedly. But there is another organization that is using this for nefarious reasons. Your group is to uncover the secret conspiracies working behind the scenes. I’d likely set it 1990s but I think I could handle updating it to modern. My old concern, how in the world do you make a group without everyone sitting around a table? Is it possible because I would love to give it a try.

The Ward a Powered by Apocalypse game about hospital staff and their interpersonal interactions. Think medical dramas from Doctor Kildare, General Hospital, Mash, Saint Elsewhere, China Beach, and Grey’s Anatomy. This feels the easiest for PbP but probably the most niche.

Mutants and Masterminds 3rd set in a city of my own design, up and coming PL8 heroes just coming onto the scene.
Siran
member, 195 posts
Sat 27 Apr 2024
at 07:30
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Kult: no thanks
Gurps: might be OK... Much better if SWADE which is great for pbp as you say
ConspiracyX: oh yes! Awesome content. I've not seen a game using this on rpol.
The ward. No thanks (it's got Powered by Apocalypse in it)
Mutants and Masterminds. My very favourite. And my prefered power level. Would be great
Tortuga
member, 1913 posts
Sat 27 Apr 2024
at 15:08
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Mix n match some of those ideas. Run Kult in GURPS.
cnic
member, 23 posts
Sat 27 Apr 2024
at 18:39
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A few comments make me curios. What in particular makes people not fond of PbtA? Is it the simplicity or maybe there are just so many?
Tortuga
member, 1914 posts
Sat 27 Apr 2024
at 19:02
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I don't have a problem with PbtA in general. Apocalypse World was very well put together. It is a very specific kind of experience that does not necessarily suit every PbtA game that jumped on the hype-wagon, which can be chalked up to a certain kind of design laziness where they try to slot in elements that don't necessarily fit.

Laziness is perhaps the wrong word; I get the feeling that a lot of designers don't know *why* Apocalypse world worked, and thus do not really *get* the system tools it provided. Their enthusiasm outstripped their skill.
cnic
member, 24 posts
Sat 27 Apr 2024
at 19:05
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That’s is completely fair and it makes sense. The Ward was by magpie games just like Masks so I like their take on it. And it feels like Kult really ran with it making it mostly their own thing instead of just playbooks. I used to run it way back in the day with its own system where standard “disadvantages” were actually advantages. That addiction or whatever helped you stay bound to our shared “reality” and stay sane.
Tortuga
member, 1915 posts
Sat 27 Apr 2024
at 20:41
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Yeah, I'm more familiar with the old school Kult rules, as jank as they could be.
Siran
member, 196 posts
Sun 28 Apr 2024
at 13:08
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quote:
A few comments make me curios. What in particular makes people not fond of PbtA? Is it the simplicity or maybe there are just so many?


Obviously this is just a personal view. For me it's in the list of rulesets so bad it's unplayable. It's about the way the rules don't work, and discourage effect RP. If you are interested rmail me, I don't want to derail the conversation. It might be Tortuga's point: I can't comment on that from experience but it is plausible.
Seandiggersby
member, 8 posts
Sun 28 Apr 2024
at 15:28
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I've seen mutants and masterminds work well in pbp before and the concept seems interesting. I can't speak for any of the other rule sets though.
cnic
member, 25 posts
Mon 29 Apr 2024
at 19:50
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Again thank you, I really appreciate the feed back. It has helped a lot. I think I have narrowed myself down to three concepts, SWADE for power armor mercenaries, ConspiracyX, and M&M3e.

II was going to ask how to do some of the collaborative stuff for generation in ConspiracyX but I think the best way might just have OOC threads for those conversations.
Brosuke
member, 346 posts
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Tue 7 May 2024
at 11:46
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I can't promise I'll have time for another game, but I'd definitely give the M&M3e game a look.
Siran
member, 198 posts
Tue 7 May 2024
at 12:15
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Of those three my personal preference is just in reverse order to the list:
  • M&M3. Almost always fun. Nice and simple to play even if character creation is painful. Importantly for me the die match the descriptions so you can RP being something and reality matches you
  • ConspiricyX. Like the world. Why not take the M&M3 into this world. The important thing is the relationship between the government agencies (for me anyway). PL8 characters aka street heroes could easily fit in it. There are aliens and stuff. Players could be aliens, or the result of an alien explosion. You could have 'secret and unknown' supers in here just fine
  • Power armor. Not so much

Choomie
member, 5 posts
Tue 7 May 2024
at 15:36
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I'm surprised at myself, but The Ward sounds the most interesting to me. I've never seen a game like that, but it sounds cool and I do like PbtA games. Second vote would be for M&M 3e.
smokinbarrel
member, 788 posts
Tue 7 May 2024
at 16:48
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I miss Mutants & Masterminds, and would love a good Superhero game!

ConspiracyX could be a fun Plan B.
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