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What is the most obscure roleplaying you own?
« on: December 30, 2004, 05:05:34 PM »
Just for the fun of it: What is the strangest english/american roleplaying system you currently own?

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2004, 10:51:26 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2004, 06:16:58 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2004, 06:45:06 AM »
I guess I am just too mainstream. I am a follower, a person with no mind of his own.

I have um, Palladium, and uh a couple versions of D&D. <sobs into hands>

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Oh yeah, I remember. I borrowed or used other people's books. And no, I kept them in darn good shape.

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2004, 11:33:53 PM »
I have, or should say "had," dozens tied for first place.  As a lover of indie press / obscure games, I had devoted much of a hard-drive to them.  Unfortunately, weather-related electrical problems fried that system...

However, by far the vast majority were incomplete &/or lite systems, with a few "new" games of the tweak-AD&D school.  

There were a few gems, though...
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2005, 04:57:49 PM »
The End: Roleplaying in the Biblical Apocalypse is the only obsure one that I paid for.  Freebies include Children of Fire, Bostonia (I think it's now called Runequest or some such), and Legendary Tales.
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2005, 07:42:33 PM »
Quote from: "Ria Hawk"
I think it's now called Runequest or some such

Runebearer, http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~tpope/bostonia/

It's a very good dark fantasy game.
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2005, 04:39:32 AM »
I am just too main stream I see. Not any strange stuff, just the basic straightforward D&D stuff is what I own.

Looking at some of the other posts on this site, I am feeling more and more like hiding in the shadows.... It seems that Strolen is not to happy with my view of RPG's...

On the other hand, everybody here always says that everything should be system independant and so D&D should not be exempt.... I think.

Besides all the stuff that I have created, I do not think I own any realy rare or mentionable items.


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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2005, 06:34:47 AM »
I visited your site just yesterday Ylorea, and I think you have done a very good job. I wanted to tell you on the site, but didn't find a forum.

I had many, many nice hours with D&D, it was my  introduction to roleplay. So play with what you have the most fun with, enjoy what makes roleplaying fun and ignore the rest.

I like your posts and hope you will come back, regardless of system ;)
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Re: What is the most obscure roleplaying you own?
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2006, 04:49:15 PM »
Obscure roleplaying games....

Time Ship by Yoshinto
Morpheus  1982
Asylum 1994

HarnMaster is not obscure, just unpopular. (Great game world, merely okay game system. Could of been a great system if they had been less pretentious.)
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2006, 04:50:59 PM »
What is Timeship?
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2006, 06:07:52 PM »
I guess obscure is relative to the eye of the beholder. For some World of Darkness is obscure ;)
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Re: What is the most obscure roleplaying you own?
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2006, 08:12:36 AM »
Obscure games from worst to ones that are actually playable ...
World of Synnibar  :what:
Living Steel  :shock:
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs  :P
Providence  :pixie:

I have some others that are so bad I don't consider them to be games ... those we will leave alone.

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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2006, 09:32:43 PM »
The most obscure would have to be Runebearer/d12.  The joys of the internet.
They were immediately and absolutely recognizable as adventurers... They were hardy and dangerous, lawless, stripped of allegiance or morality, living off their wits, stealing and killing, hiring themselves out to whoever and whatever came. They were inspired by dubious virtues.  China Mieville - Perdido Street Station

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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2006, 05:12:15 PM »
Obscure games from worst to ones that are actually playable ...
World of Synnibar  :what:
Living Steel  :shock:
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs  :P
Providence  :pixie:

Own all, except Living Steel which was was soo bad I refused. Of the bunch, the only one really worth playing was Providence. Cadillac & Dinsoaurs is a perfect example for the "Why things from one medium is not transferable to another".  Great Setting to read about, bad setting to play in. 

HarnMaster is a great game that is written in a pretentious style that makes the game more difficult than it really needs to be.

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Timeship
1st ed by Herbie Brennan (1982) Yaquinto (was a big dice company back in the day).
A time-travel RPG. Characters travel back in time using "Personal Energy" which limits how much they can bring with them. The system is simple and loose, to encourage wild action. 

It was bad, even when compared to the RPGs of the era. You technically were playing yourself... but not really.  To start the game, THE RULES STATED (roughly), "To have a darkened room with all the players sitting around a table holding hands. Light a candle in the center. Have the group chant "the travel mantra" to send yourself to these other times. "

Needless to say, for a variety of reasons, the game did not catch on.

For others:
Runebearer is not that obscure. While it is not the official game of the internet, Runebearer/ Bostonia is quite the popular game.  Go Chris!

Now if you want obscure:
Tinker's d**n
1st ed by Andrew LaRoy (1997) Studio Cranium
An multigenre anime-based RPG. The system uses d20 for resolution and d6 for damage and other effects. The main rulebook (103 pages) includes several campaign settings: including police in a modern-day magic world, a space opera campaign, and friendly competition of ace pilots from all sides after WWII.
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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2006, 08:11:33 PM »
The most obscure book I currently have is The Wheel of Time Roleplaying Game...Decent system in a good world. Makes for a good reference in regards to comparing tWoT to other things...*chuckles*

However, I used to have Alternity (both the player's handbook and the GM's handbook), but those got lost somewhere in the great beyond a while ago and I still can't find any more copies...I believe 'tis out of print. *cries* That was a good free-form system, and my intro into the RPing world.

Oh, and if you really want obscure, I can post up my few paragraphs I have of the rules for Tyren. No, it hasn't been fleshed out all the well. ^^;
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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2006, 09:53:47 AM »
I collect roleplaying games. I have a lot of obscure titles.  WoT is not that obscure, it is just not as popular.  Alternity wasn't obscure until they dropped it from the roster.

You want obscure.... and main line published...?

Dr. Who RPG.   Everyone knows there has been one. Nobody has seen one. (Actually 3 editions)

Tinker's Damm

Nineth World  (still in print)

Continuum (unsure if still in print)

Worlds of Wonder

JadeClaw... nobody remembers that this one exist.

Fingeworthy (big in its day, nobody knows it now... but they are doing a d20 version soon)

Swordbearer (FGU)

En Garde

Flashing Blades

Wyrd is Bond

Timeship
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« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2006, 04:00:10 PM »
Actually, I think the people who were originally responsible for the Dr. Who RPG have bought the rights back, and are working on an updated and expanded version called Time Lord, which was free, the last time I checked.
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« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2006, 08:05:30 PM »
My boyfriend, the great novelist that he is, wrote an entire RPG system, plot, towns, etc. He has binders full of ideas and graphs and drawn out towns with owners and all that. It's amazing. And it makes me kinda scared. Obviously I know what he used to do on Friday nights in University ^___~

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« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2006, 06:30:38 AM »
I have done the same, D. So has Moon and lots of others here ;)
Obviously, if you want really obscure... Go for homebrew
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« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2006, 01:50:45 PM »
Can I just say how much disdain I have for the term homebrew?  It brings up the image of shoddy work, that our games/ work is not as good as "published" work.  Midian (Kinslayer's Homebrew), Runebearers (Chris M's), and about four other homebrews that members here have made are available to the public are as good, if not better than, many "published" games. (If you have enough money, you can publish anything... so the association that printing is quality has yet to read much of the drek put out).  Can we PLEASE use the word Unpublished or Personal or Indie instead?

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« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2006, 03:26:26 PM »
I could have sworn I replied to this ages ago.

Alright other than the home systems I have created with friends or have of friends here is a list of a few odd ones i do have.

Maztica - An extremely interesting setting but it is still AD&D 2nd Edition. It was a Forgotten Realms setting based off of the Mayan/ Aztec culture. Very informative.

Gallia - A game based off of folklore, set in a time of chivlary, high romance, etc. A lot of informaiton if you like the time period but I thought the setup was lacking.

I also have all five books of the Stargate RPG. A core book that is exceptional huge (490 pages worth), and four others to fill out d**n near everything you ever wanted ot know about Stargate.

Those are my two obscure PDF's, now I also have a boxed set of Planescape. The original first printed version. I actually used those books to help navigate through the PC game Torment.
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Re: What is the most obscure roleplaying you own?
« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2006, 04:29:56 AM »
Melee and Wizard.

Two separate games.  Nothing more than a hex grid with some cheap cardboard cutouts and a single d6.  Only stats were Strength and Dexterity.  Wizard added Intelligence.  It was basically a combat system with no bells and whistles.  I stumbled across them in about '85 or so and had a lot of fun with them.  I wound up using it as my combat engine in the games I ran instead of AD&D.  The simplicity of the system let us concentrate on the roleplaying aspects. 

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« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2006, 11:22:32 AM »
Those were not roleplaying games, those were micro games... gaming beer and pretzels... what we used to do to waste time between games before Magic cards came about. 

They formed the foundation for The Fantasy Trip (In the Labrynth, et al). The bones of that game formed the foundation for Gurps.
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« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2006, 01:20:59 PM »
Yeah,  The Fantasy Trip.  I remember that now.  Too much beer and pretzels I guess.  I didn't realize Gurps was based off the same system.  Did Gurps use a six die for everything?
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