What is your second favorite RPG?


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Dustin Ashe wrote:
A podcast I listen to mentioned that a certain RPG is everyone's second favorite RPG. I think the commenters meant it metaphorically but it made me wonder.

What was the certain RPG they mentioned?

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My friends and I really enjoyed playing the Strange at GenCon. I have a majority of the books and am hoping to run it in the future.


Do table top war games count? Because if so then Pathfinder is my second favourite, but otherwise its DnD 3.5

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1st Gamma World 3rd ed (1985)
2nd Chill 2nd ed.

I have a very strong affinity for Chill, but tbh - the research I put into writing the material (cults, RL murders, conspiracies, etc) is just too much, I can only do it a little at a time or it starts to get to me.

My go to fantasy game is AD&D 2nd ed. PF is currently not a consideration for me to run.


Steve Geddes wrote:
Dustin Ashe wrote:
A podcast I listen to mentioned that a certain RPG is everyone's second favorite RPG. I think the commenters meant it metaphorically but it made me wonder.
What was the certain RPG they mentioned?

D&D 5e. I didn't want to say earlier for fear of skewing people's answers or derailing the question.

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My favorite RPG is any OSR D&D, I prefer Labyrinth Lord these days. LL and its companion are clean versions of B/X D&D and AD&D 1E. Second favorite when I want a ton more option is any of the 3.X systems like PF.


Dustin Ashe wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Dustin Ashe wrote:
A podcast I listen to mentioned that a certain RPG is everyone's second favorite RPG. I think the commenters meant it metaphorically but it made me wonder.
What was the certain RPG they mentioned?
D&D 5e. I didn't want to say earlier for fear of skewing people's answers or derailing the question.

Isn't it a bit new to be making claims like that? 5e's only been out for a few months. There's probably still a large contingent of long-term gamers who haven't had a chance to try it out yet.


In my experience pathfinder is everyone's second favorite RPG, which is why everyone plays it. It's always the best compromise. Around my table favorites include Fate (mine), shadowrun, and cthulhu.


HRmmm. second favorite...
favorite...

Eh, L5R and call it a day.
Ask me again tomorrow and you'll probably get a different answer.

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Shadowrun is my second favorite.

Eclipse Phase is in that race as well (I've just not hard much chance outside of conventions to dabble in it).


My top three, somewhat interchangeable based on mood at the time, are Amber, Call of Cthulhu and Feng Shui.

For my usual groups at large PF (or in earlier days other D&D versions) tends to be the second favorite in the sense that it may not be anyone's first choice, but it's one everyone is interested in playing.


Set wrote:

Mutants & Mastermind (I prefer 2nd edition)

Vampire the Masquerade

Remember back in the 80's and 90's when we each had all the time in the world and we played five to six different game systems, and a board game or three and a card game to boot.

The Red Box. Then Advanced. Then Unearthed. The 2nd Edition! Then along the bounty of games in no particular order Tunnels and Trolls, I.C.E., MERP, Steve Jackson's GURPS, Villains & Vigilantes, STAR WARS! Paranoia, Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, Abberant, then the darkly beautiful Vampire and all the World of Darkness. I miss those times.

But there were drawbacks too.

Back then the only gamer girls around were guys who role played girls.

I don't miss my pager either though, know what I am saying?


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I, GROGNARD wrote:
Set wrote:

Mutants & Mastermind (I prefer 2nd edition)

Vampire the Masquerade

Remember back in the 80's and 90's when we each had all the time in the world and we played five to six different game systems, and a board game or three and a card game to boot.

The Red Box. Then Advanced. Then Unearthed. The 2nd Edition! Then along the bounty of games in no particular order Tunnels and Trolls, I.C.E., MERP, Steve Jackson's GURPS, Villains & Vigilantes, STAR WARS! Paranoia, Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, Abberant, then the darkly beautiful Vampire and all the World of Darkness. I miss those times.

OTOH, I still play multiple systems, even with less time.

If those systems aren't designed around needing system mastery and an ever expanding pile of rule books, you don't need to invest the same amount of time and money into all of them as you might in mastering all of Pathfinder.

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I like the vibe of Chthulutech a lot (great fluff & art) - but every time we actually get a session together we remember how bad the combat mechanics are. :P

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Todd Stewart wrote:

Shadowrun is my second favorite.

Eclipse Phase is in that race as well (I've just not hard much chance outside of conventions to dabble in it).

I'd love to offer to help with that, but I find GMing via pbp to be an effort in futility.

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thejeff wrote:
I, GROGNARD wrote:
Set wrote:

Mutants & Mastermind (I prefer 2nd edition)

Vampire the Masquerade

Remember back in the 80's and 90's when we each had all the time in the world and we played five to six different game systems, and a board game or three and a card game to boot.

The Red Box. Then Advanced. Then Unearthed. The 2nd Edition! Then along the bounty of games in no particular order Tunnels and Trolls, I.C.E., MERP, Steve Jackson's GURPS, Villains & Vigilantes, STAR WARS! Paranoia, Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, Abberant, then the darkly beautiful Vampire and all the World of Darkness. I miss those times.

OTOH, I still play multiple systems, even with less time.

If those systems aren't designed around needing system mastery and an ever expanding pile of rule books, you don't need to invest the same amount of time and money into all of them as you might in mastering all of Pathfinder.

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Charon's Little Helper wrote:
I like the vibe of Chthulutech a lot (great fluff & art) - but every time we actually get a session together we remember how bad the combat mechanics are. :P

That's my issue with both Shadowrun & Earthdawn.


thejeff wrote:
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
I like the vibe of Chthulutech a lot (great fluff & art) - but every time we actually get a session together we remember how bad the combat mechanics are. :P
That's my issue with both Shadowrun & Earthdawn.

Shadowrun is so this it hurts.

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The one thing I really hated about the Traveller system was dying during character creation. I could never really get into it after having to reroll 5 times before the game even started.
This sounds like shenanigans. Yes you can die during character creation, but 5x in row? Unlikely.
That was in the old Dos MegaTraveller video game, but it happened. In pnp it was twice. :p

It often depended on how hard you wanted to push a character toward retirement, who had already had near brushes with death.

"Yeah, just one more enlistment and I will have it all!!" "Oops!"


My second favorite system is Pathfinder. My favorite system period is Hunter the Vigil, from New World of Darkness. I generally like the storytelling system in general, but the flavor of Hunter is just great.


Pathfinder

1. It's free.
2. It's easily available.
3. It's easy to find players.
4. It doesn't completely suck.
5. Session Zero is easier than many alternatives.

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