I imagine it's time to kick off a discussion of our summer game, as I have a feeling we'll hit a hard stop at the end of the current arc in Rick's game. He wants an extended hiatus (three or four 3.5/Pathfinder type levels, which realistically will be most of the summer and part of the fall with our group), so we need a filler game in the meantime.
Because our game group consists of seven members, advancement-type boardgames (HeroQuest, Descent, and the like) won't really work. These games are designed for 5 players or so. We'll probably need an RPG. Having talked about it no one has a strong preference, but a few demands have come up:
- No 4e - This one from Tom and Jay.
- No D&D type Fantasy - This one from me. We play a lot of D&D and this is a chance to branch out.
- No 40k Games - People seemed willing but unenthusiastic about this.
Essentially, it really seems to come down to who has access to rules and is willing to run. Jay is running a few different games now and bowed out, but other people are willing enough. Steve had some ideas for a few one-offs. I mentioned running superheroes game and a few people were interested. I think it would make for a light summer filler.
If we are doing a superheroes game, I have a fair bit of material for the old Marvel Superheroes game, which is fine but has that oldschool feel to it. Jay wanted to do Mutants and Masterminds, but I'm not sure if he means the 2nd or 3rd edition. Mutants and Masterminds is the go-to
superhero system, so if people are going to spend actual money on the books, that's the only one I can really recommend. There's also a more narrative-based 'free' rules set from some M&M writers called Icons
. I don't know much about Icons (yet), but I'm not sure that it's worth using over M&M. We could also adapt some of the universal rule sets for supers...the FATE system
, which is also 'free', comes to mind. That game is more narrative-based though and isn't the typical kind of play that we endorse.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? The forums are really the only way we can discuss things as a group, so let your opinions be known. Otherwise I'll get bored this weekend and begin building a game to shove down your throats.