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    Tabletop Roleplaying Games

    As in played with dice, not mice.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabletop_role-playing_game

    No mmorpgs, and no console rpgs here, please.

    So. What are your experiences with, favorites among, or thoughts otherwise about tabletop RPGs?

    I started conventionally enough by playing AD&D back when. I hated it within 20 minutes and set out to create my own game, but that's a whole other story.

    Otherwise, I've found much to like in other games I've played or otherwise researched along the way. From things more tabletop/strategy like Necromunda to more fluff-over-crunch systems like World of Darkness.

    The games for which I have the most respect/interest (for rather different reasons among them) include (off the top of my head): Rolemaster, Cyberpunk, In Nomine, Shadowrun, Promethean (nWod), Scion ... and I have a very qualified, specific sort of interest/respect for Pathfinder.

    I have a very special sort of antipathy for D&D4, meanwhile.

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    I love D&D. I tend to play home based campaigns, using 4E rules, but I've played 3.5 and a a few weird systems my friends have made up.

    I like trying to sneak a gummi bear into a campaign by playing a Bugbear Rogue Thief with most of his powers and skills based jumping. I also like to buy a palimino pony and embroider their leather with apples, because my friend hates Applejack. My last campaign... Woah, would work great as a greentext.

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    I started off playing DnD 3.5, which I enjoyed. I went on to try some versions of Pathfinder, but I can't stand it. I hate the rules and I strongly dislike the campaigns, classes, and setting.

    My best experience has been with Rifts and Palladium, but that was mostly due to the GM, I think. The GM makes or breaks the experience regardless of the system, IMO. Always wanted to play Shadowrun, but I've never had the chance.

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    I started with AD&D 1st edition back around 1980, and also played other TSR offerings like Top Secret and Gamma World. Fooled around with Champions, Star Wars RPG, Paranoia, Marvel Super Heroes, etc.

    Played AD&D 2nd edition at college in the late 80's, played some AD&D in the mid 90's as well.

    Then I kind of disappeared out of RPGs for about a decade, although I did hit up MMOs in 2004 and have played some MMO ever since.

    When I finally moved to maryland last year, I joined two different RPG groups. In that time, I have played Pathfinder (which is basically AD&D 3.5), Worlds of Darkness (probably my favorite game), and Exalted (a game I kind of hate). I also did a testplay of Numenera a month ago and contributed to the kickstart of The Strange (which is kind of like Numenera expanded); I thought it a worthwhile attempt to simplify the more complex game mechanics of Pathfinder and AD&D 3.5.

    I will not touch D&D 4. It's just their attempt to MMO the RPG. My son, a freshman at college with no RPG experience, spend a Friday evening trying to create a character for that game, and it was pretty horrific from his telling.

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    Started out with D&D red box. Played all editions of it but 4th. I've played a lot of WoD games and nWoD. I liked In Nomine Satanis but hated its system with a passion. I played a bit of Tri Stat. Ron Edwards Sorcerer is a great indie game. I played that and it got me excited about indie RPGs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    I started off playing DnD 3.5, which I enjoyed. I went on to try some versions of Pathfinder, but I can't stand it. I hate the rules and I strongly dislike the campaigns, classes, and setting.
    Eh? Pathfinder is essentially a continuation/successor of what D&D was as of 3.5. I'm curious what you mean, here.

    I mean, system-wise, they are (or at least started) very close. Setting-wise, there is an understandable departure, so I guess that's just a matter of taste. (FWIW: I rather dislike both settings, although there is more to like in Pathfinder, imho anyhow)

    My best experience has been with Rifts and Palladium, but that was mostly due to the GM, I think.
    Oh yeah ... the Palladium games, how could I forget! Although I must admit, nostalgically, that the only thing that got me into Palladium was their Robotech games/books, back when. I still cherish them as sort of bootleg artbooks, if nothing else, heh.

    See also, there: Bubblegum Crisis RPG.

    The GM makes or breaks the experience regardless of the system, IMO.
    As for GMing, I couldn't agree more. That could be a whole discussion of its own...

    Always wanted to play Shadowrun, but I've never had the chance.
    If you're curious, they've sort recently released a new edition that's a very nice, streamlined blend of old and new.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charde View Post
    ... Fooled around with Champions, Star Wars RPG, Paranoia, Marvel Super Heroes, etc.
    Yeah, those have all fallen under my analysis at some point or another. Champions was a serious disappointment to me, as such. Like GURPS, but even worse.

    *shrug*

    Then I kind of disappeared out of RPGs for about a decade, although I did hit up MMOs in 2004 and have played some MMO ever since.


    MMOs... *grumble*

    ... and Exalted (a game I kind of hate).
    I can imagine why.

    I will not touch D&D 4. It's just their attempt to MMO the RPG. My son, a freshman at college with no RPG experience, spend a Friday evening trying to create a character for that game, and it was pretty horrific from his telling.
    QFT.

    ...

    Jostling a few recent memories now, I find that earlier this year I was pulling apart/playing with Legend of the Five Rings, Traveller, and Dark Heresy, as well.

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