I’m going to post for a bit about a pen-n-paper roleplaying game. It’s nowhere near as a consuming hobby for me as video games, but I’ve been playing and reading RPGs* for about 20 years starting back with Dungeons and Dragons in the 7th grade.
Warhammer was the second RPG I played. Towards the end of my six week leave to welcome Eve into the world I started to get the hang of the whole father thing** so I picked up the new third edition of the Warhammer Fantasy Role Play game (WFRP3) and started reading. I even convinced Amy and a few friends to play a couple of sessions. We had fun and I hope to start it back up once we complete the move to the new house and get settled in.
Here’s two videos giving you an overview of the game. There’s some really great mechanics and ideas in this game. It’s not like old school RPGs and I think it’s better than D&D 4th edition and Savage Worlds. I’ll post more about it in September hopefully coinciding with the restart of our game!
*Mostly reading these days.
**At least as far as basic life support is concerned.
Wow, that’s pretty bad when the last two posts on this blog are the weekly Twitter summaries and only one tweet each. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say I’m just too lazy to type it up sometimes.
Anyway, I’m a sucker for the Warhammer universe. Add a little fatalism to your fantasy setting where the good guys are fascist and the bad guys will eat your soul. It got me to become that which has no life (i.e. joined an MMO) and the sci-fi Warhammer setting happens to be the best RTS out this year.
Warhammer didn’t start out with video games. As my brother can tell you it started out as a miniatures wargame. Well one of the little side games came about when some guys thought it would be fun to have the elves fight the orcs in a game of footbal and Blood Bowl was born.
Blood Bowl is a little more like rugby or Australian rules football than American. There’s no downs, you just run until you get to the endzone or fumble, or get killed. There’s a lot of violence when your center is a troll and your linebacker is a rat-man with spiked gloves. I find sports much more interesting when a legitimate tactic is to decimate the other team in order to score.
So a team in Europe took the board game with miniatures, squares, dice, and all and translated it to a videogame. This is my kind of Madden. Team budgets and management, seasons, divisions, tournaments, bribery, it’s all there. And the online leagues are a great way to get together a group of people for weekly trash talking and games.