RPG-a-Day 2018 Day 02: What do you look for in an RPG?
Having a setting that I’m interested in is probably the most obvious thing I can think of that draws me to an RPG, I love fantasy high magic stories and adventures so D&D & Pathfinder always appealed to me, and is probably why I never really clicked as well with Game of Thrones or WFRP. Games revolving around movies/TV shows I like are always going to pique my interest, so Buffy/Angel RPG was always going to be something I wanted to give a try.
While the setting will draw me in, the game has to have an understandable mechanic/rule system to keep me playing. My first foray into D&D was late AD&D 2nd Edition and I just could never get my head around the THAC0 system, so I couldn’t really get invested. When 3rd edition, 3.5 and Pathfinder came along, the system was much more straightforward and it meant engaging with the game was easier. A great example of a game with a setting I love but a system I have struggled to understand is the Mistborn RPG, I’ve had a copy for ages but any time I try to make sense of the system I just give up and put the book back on the shelve, which is so frustrating because the world in the novels is just begging to be explored.
I will return tomorrow with Day 3: What gives a game “staying power”?