Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Alright, who let a fluffy? (March Madness Day 19)

19 What is the fluffiest RPG you have played? Was it enjoyable?

My buddy Steve created his own “narrative” RPG, variously called Binary or SSS (Steve's Simple System). As with many Forge-inspired narrative games, it was short, simple, and to the point, and rewarded getting into character and embellishing the details. The game itself came with no fluff, but a large part of the game play was creating that fluff together with the other players.

Or at least in some versions of the game.  We had a lot of fun with it creating a cyberpunk setting for one game, although the game in the end fell flat because we never really had our characters crossing paths.

Another, more fun game, involved each of us creating a "culture" as a character.  I played magical boar-riding Celts, Pete played an undead legion, and Tim played decadent and actually alien seeming elves.  We had a big three-way war (I lost).

The system really rewarded creativity in world-building.  Unfortunately, at least in my opinion, the rules led to too much interplayer conflict.  Instead of crafting a story together (the intent of the rules), we were trying to "win."  

Again, the game itself wasn't "fluffy" at all, but it demanded that fluff be created as the initial step of playing the game.  And IMO, that was the best part about the game, too!

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