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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mid-life?

So, I think I am going through the gamer-geek's version of a mid-life crisis.  Instead of wanting to be single with a sports car, I just want to relive my gamer youth.  I want to play old RPGs, watch the movies and cartoons I grew up on, and read old-school comics.  Ok, and a part of me looks longingly at that motorcycle I saw for sale on my way to work.

Actually, now that I think about it, I've been feeling this way for a long time.  So, maybe no crisis, per se.  Still, it is cool to play 1E D&D, and yesterday we bought Michele a copy of Shadowrun 3E at Half-Price Books for $10, and she plans to run a game.  Which is cool for me, since I only ever played it once, when I was in the Army, and I'm pretty sure we never actually finished a game.  In fact, I'm not sure we did anything more than create characters.  Which is usually my favorite part of an RPG anyways.

Speaking of RPGs, Saturday was Free RPG Day, so I dutifully headed down to my FLGS, and picked up a copy of the annual free Pathfinder adventure.  I figure that someday, when I can convince my group to play the game, I will have a whole campaign's worth of free stuff.  We also got Catalyst's free preview versions of Shadowrun and Battletech RPGs (a flip-side two-in-one publication, and which inspired the aforementioned HPB purchase). 

I also picked up a copy of the new Marvel Superheroes RPG from Margaret Weis Studios (no, that wasn't free).  I haven't read it all yet (and I probably won't, since I don't think I have ever read an entire RPG from cover to cover).  My initial impression:  Well, it's certainly pretty.  Seriously, it's sized the same as a standard comic book Trade Paper Back, and the quality is just like what you get with the new TPB books.  The art is directly from the comics, and they showcase all the best characters.

As for the system itself, I'm not sure what to think.  For me, personally, it's kind of counter-intuitive.  The stats don't match the standard physical and mental attributes you usually find in RPGs.  And instead of numbers for stats, they use die-types.  I've always been kind of on the fence with those kinds of systems (ala Savage Worlds), but I know they can work fine, so that part is ok.  They also don't detail Hercules.  However, they give stats for Captain America (of course) and Colossus.  So, it's all good.

I'm sure it won't matter, though.  This is just another in my large pile of RPGs that are cool, but will probably never get played.

So, what are you playing?

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

stay away from the motorcycle, man. Nearly killed me.