Monday, August 21, 2017

RPGaDay 2017 #21 Which RPG does the most with the least words?

There are RPGs of all sizes out there. From the massive tomes of D&D all the way down to one-page gems like Lasers & Feelings and even 200-word RPGs.

In my collection, I've got a few fairly small volumes. The two that pack the most punch for me are Fate Accelerated Edition and Warriors of the Red Planet.

Fate Accelerated is a digest sized book with only 32 pages, but it's a complete game. A lot of other games have put out "quickstart guides" or introductory versions that are a stripped down version of the full game, but FAE really feels like it can stand alone. While it doesn't have an adventure or a setting to it, it demonstrates its flexibility in its sample characters, filing serial numbers off of kids favorites like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Harry Potter, with a side of steampunk and Treasure Planet.

For something that does have a setting, my vote goes to Warriors of the Red Planet. It's a pulp-inspired sword and planet game using Old School mechanics. It's still digest sized, but with 126 pages. The setting is not conveyed with maps and locations, but a wonderfully weird bestiary and a collection of random encounter tables. I feel like I can run any sort of adventure in a sword & planet mode with this book.

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