Friday, February 6, 2015
A Passionate Love Affair
Since I first entered into this hobby over a decade ago there have been certain games that I have an irrational love for - and I'm not talking like, I think they're really neat. No. I have a massive fucking hard on for them. Like if they were people I'd leave my wife for them and she'd be all, "Well, I saw this coming" as she sat on Doctor Phil's couch and tried to figure out how she was going to plunge a knife in his fat fucking face and get away with it.
You guys, you guys. I fucking love Burning Wheel and there's no logical reason behind my love affair. Like for years it was the white whale I chased. I would go into every used book store and every RPG store I could find just hoping that I would stumble across a copy of the game in the wilds. And the I fucking did and it is god damned amaze balls. Like this game doesn't have the sort of crazy production values that you find with games like Dark Heresy but it makes up for it with just being brilliant. And there are aspects of this game that I keep stealing and bringing into my D&D games because it is just fucking amazing and holds to some of my favorite traditions while being able to create its own. My god, the whole way that they do skills and think about time in that book was just a fucking revelation on its own!
Then there's Rifts which I love and that's a can of worms. I mean the system is bloated as fuck and Siembieda's internet policy is crazy. BUT if it weren't for that internet policy you'd see more Rifts shit on this site than you could ever imagine because I am completely infatuated with the setting and the idea of working my way through the system in a way that made it not only fun but interesting for other people is just the best thing I could imagine doing for a summer. Only that internet policy is bullshit and I don't want to do anything for a company that would even attempt to enforce that - no matter how unenforceable it is.
Oh, and Gamma World. My god Gamma World is the game that haunted my dreams after I saw a boxed set in a comic book shop when I was, like, thirteen. I had been looking through and picking up back issues of Groo and the Defenders when I stumbled on that box and just wanted it. I wanted it like the first girl who makes you realize that there's more to them than just someone to chase about the playground with a snapping turtle. Only they wanted forty bucks for it and that was my whole vacation budget so I got 25 comics instead because comics are the awesome sauce too.
Then there's Metamorphosis Alpha which I keep looking at like it was the first step down a long walk with the love of my life. Oh, and I would be good to it and we would be fantastic together! I would rock the shit out of that spaceship with its mutants, robots, and crazy cults. 'Cept here's the thing. No one else wants to play it.
None of my friends want to play any of those games right now because life is hectic as fuck and just getting together to play Dungeons and Dragons once a month is a chore when you've got kids, jobs, wives, and all the rest that comes along with being an adult. Still, that doesn't mean that I won't get to play them all eventually. And when I do the heavens will part, angels will sing, and peace will reign on earth.
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