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What if Runequest had eclipsed D&D?


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Alternatively, there's this thread over on the Order of The Stick site (heavily D&D oriented), bemoaning the unrealism of that system's Hit Points mechanism...

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I'm with the sentiment that if RQ/BRP had been the top of the pile it would have gone the path of D&D... namely, it would be crushed by it's own ponderous ponderousity... bought up by some huge corporation and sapped of what had me playing it in the first place.

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Yeah - not to come off as a jerk, but I love BRP, have since I first played it, and I'm really not interested in what it's detractors have to say. I'd rather converse with people who share my interest and enthusiasm.

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I looked at the first few pages of the thread and was quickly bored with the typical DnD blah, blah, better system, blah, blah. Don't get me wrong, I think you should use the system you like best and various systems do certain things better than other systems, but I just get so tired of the typical DnD fan boy reactions.

Course, I might see more of that type of reaction due to the amount of market share the system has.:D

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Sweet lord jeebus

That reminds of every mac vs. pc* argument I've stumbled across on t'net and not been quick enough to navigate away from.


* grrrr a mac is a pc you numbskull, you mean 'wintel' or some other lame descriptor grrr

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I don't know why, but the thread linked to in the OP reminds me of when I was about 13 or 14. At the time, I was playing DnD (that's when it was still "Advanced") and while I knew there were other RPGs out there, I couldn't find a reason why I would try them out. They're all the same, right? Plus, who wants to play in a game where you can die from just one sword hit, right?

Then I played Top Secret: SI, HârnMaster, Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, Elric!, Shadowrun, Pendragon, various World of Darkness games, Heavy Gear, and Arioch knows what else. From that point on, I could not go back to DnD even if it was a matter of life or death! After all, who wants to play a silly game where you don't even feel the effect of ten sword hits on the head, right?

So, to answer the OP's question: What if Runequest had eclipsed D&D? Well, I would not have wasted 2 years on DnD, that's what!

(Of course I realize it's a matter of taste and DnD fans all have the right to play what they want and like, but I have the same right, and I will not play DnD ever again, unless one specific friend of mine is DM. And I will accept nobody else as DM!)

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I play both and have fun with both. I think Runequest was too "out there" for a lot of mainstream success. Funny thing is, that was my group's favorite thing about it (that and we could easily port over Call of Cthulhu monsters).

I will say this however:

There is NO BETTER system for one shot games than BRP.


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