So I did do some delving over the weekend, though not terribly much. Very little piqued my interest that I would want to A) play for an extended amount of time in B) two hour sessions. But there were a few contenders.
I’m fairly certain I’ve brought up Rhapsody of Blood before. It’s a PBTA-based game about a group of heroes of various origins fighting against manifest evil. Quote from the book below:
Rhapsody of Blood is a gothic action RPG where you wage war on an evil castle from outside the world. The players will control a bloodline able to recognize the castle’s corruption and fight against it, and an explorer sent by that bloodline into the castle to defeat the regent, protect humanity and win glory and power. Each time the regent blights the world or is defeated, the castle retreats from the world; you cover in broad strokes how your bloodline fares until the blood moon rises again a generation later, and new heroes are chosen.
I blame the Castlevania animated series artbook showing up on my doorstep the other day for this game holding my interest. Possibly not for everyone, but we’ll see what folks think.
On the less macabre side of the spectrum, recently one of my friends talked to me about Fate and when I gave my standard “reasons I don’t like Fate” their response was “well have you tried [several different things] while running a game?” and they made a convincing enough argument where I wouldn’t be against running the system again. And if I was going to run a flavor of Fate, why not Atomic Robo?
In Atomic Robo (based on the comic book of the same name) you play Action Scientists (and their companions who might not be scientists but still action-y) caught up in a world of weird and mad science. Avert the end of the world, deal with supernatural threats like the ghost of Thomas Edison, and generally deal with wacky hijinks. The fact that one of the Skills your character can have is Banter should tell you at lot about how serious this game takes itself.
Again, might not be to everyone’s taste.
With those two games in mind, thoughts? Opinions? Alternative options?