Report Chaosium's Latest Statement on BRP in Basic Roleplaying Posted November 26, 2015 4 hours ago, Gollum said: This is precisely why, in my humble opinion, Sanity rules are vital ... As optional rules. In some campaigns (Lovecraftian stories, for instance), Sanity checks are crucial. In some other (Hellboy stories, for instance), they would just ruin the game ... The Big Golden Book did a very good job here. I hope the new BRP Essential will did something like that (even if things are changed a bit). I agree here. If they are optional it will allow for more flexibility like the original BGB. But with the talk about the size of Essentials I doubt Sanity rules, or many optional rule for that matter, will be gone.