No AAIE Update this week... Nothing new going on, at least not that I know of.
I love fantasy RPG's.
I also really dig Sci fi games, even though I haven't had the chance to play all that many of them over the years.
The one thing I see repeatedly game after game is a similar theme of blowing shit up. D&D devotes a large portion of it's 5th edition hand book to combat. Not so much In a rules way, the combat rules in the players hand book only range from page 189 to page 198. I mean more in theme. The idea of adventuring is couched in the idea that there will be fighting. The idea that there is magic is tied to in the idea that many of the spells are going to be dedicated to damage dealing. The equipment pages contain many mundane items, but the weapons get the awesome illustrations. The New Starfinder book takes this even a bit further. It's Sci-fantasy setting is presented as a place where pretty much every one is armed to the teeth. The artwork is good for the most part, but I'm not sure there are any pictures where there's not at least one gun or sword sticking out somewhere.
Not that I have any problem with any of that. One of my own games (AAIE) is expressly about marching under prepared characters towards a near sure and mostly inexplicable death. In other words I'm no RPG soft hand. I like building a bad ass warrior to murder-hobo with as much as anyone does.
Though lately, and it just might me getting old, I don't know.
This post was inspired by two products I saw today. The first a product new to me.
Blood and Bone:
Blood and Bone is a dark and gritty fantasy roleplaying game.And A game which has come through my time lines a few times, but I have never actively pursued in any way.
Play as a ragtag company of sellswords, a savage band of raiders, or a gang of outlaws and thieves in the unique and deadly world of Ossura.
Create rich characters, driven by human desires in stories fueled by war, intrigue, and exploration.
Ryuutama: Natural Fantasy
The characters are travelers in a world without classical fantasy wizards and warriors. Instead, the characters are minstrels, merchants, healers, hunters, artisans, farmers and nobles who decide (or were fated) to leave their towns and explore the world. Using a light rules system based on polyhedral dice where the randomness in results leads to more story development, Ryuutama provides a framework for travel-focused stories fun for adults and enjoyable for all ages.I'm not knocking either game they both look very good however, one of those games would have gotten my money instantly five years ago. One of them might get my money today. They are not the same game. Both games look good, but my perspective is quickly changing.
The nice things about RPG's is that the group is free to explore what ever themes make the game fun for them. I have run D&D games where the party has not thrown a die in anger for the whole session, and those games were still fun. I'm looking for games where adventure is the theme, but wherein combat is not the default method of interacting with the world.
(Feel free to click those links ... I don't do the affiliate thing)