How could we have gone so long without this topic?
I love Pen and Paper RPGs, and have shelves of books dating way back... Currently, we (our gaming group) are in the middle of a Necessary Evil campaign, where our heroes are succumbing to the pressures of incompatible work schedules. Eh... I mean, attempting to overthrow the alien invaders. Only thing is, all the heroes died during the initial onslaught. You are a supervillain .... and you're the Earth's last, best hope for freedom. Necessary Evil is a setting for the Savage Worlds system, emphasizing tactical, fast, game play with a pulp action sensibility. "The fate of the world lies with the scum of the earth."
Actually, I'm surprised that Paeter hasn't reviewed the new DC Heroes RPG by now, knowing what a huge DC comics geek he is. The current version is made by Green Ronin, based on their wildly successful Mutants and Masterminds series. The new system actually updates the current M&M, and introduces the same kind of logarithmic scaling that made the Mayfair DC Heroes game so freaking awesome. Add in some power caps, hero points, and "Complications" that allow you to increase your power base during game play, and you've got the best superhero game since Aberrant. Guess I'll have to do a full review myself....
GURPS can be pretty math intensive. If combat is too slow, try using the quick contest rules instead, letting your villains automatically pass/fail their Will rolls based on a default score, and remember that bad guys bottle out after they sustain any kind of serious injury!
What games have I played in the past? Ah, memory lane....
DC Heroes (Mayfair) - first game I ever bought and still one of my favorites
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Star Wars (West End)
GURPS (2nd-3rd ed)
Ninjas & Superspies
"Old" World of Darkness
--Vampire the Masquerade
--Werewolf the Apocalypse
--Mage the Ascension
--Wraith the Oblivion
--Changeling the Dreaming
--Mummy the Resurrection
--Hunter the Reckoning
--Demon the Fallen
--Street Fighter (yes, based on the video game, and yes included canonically in the World of Darkness!! Hey, White Wolf needed the royalties and brand recognition! This was possibly the first of the specialized tactical combat games.)
Call of Cthulhu
Time Lords (BTRC, not Dr. Who)
Dungeons & Dragons v3.5
GURPS (4th ed)
DC Heroes (Green Ronin)
Do we want to go into books that I bought and read but never got to play in any meaningful fashion? Cuz that gets you:
Mutants and Masterminds (1st ed)
Silver Age Sentinels (d20)
Big Eyes, Small Mouth (d20)
Pokethulhu (yes, exactly what you think it is.)
Star Wars (d20)
"New" World of Darkness
Ah, there's probably some more, but I'd have to go digging through my books. Plus supplements and settings and wargames and miniatures.... Holy cow, if I'd invested all that money instead of spending it on books! I'd be a richer man at the bank, but poorer in many other ways..... I still intend to play many of these games, (like Slipstream) but others have devolved into reference material or nostalgia. Yipes! Get an old gamer talking!
If you are a gamer at all, you must watch The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. It is available for live streaming over Netflix, and in 9 parts at crappy resolution through You Tube. Better yet, buy the dang thing. It's one of the most watched movies on my shelf.
Speaking of RPGs, Fear the Con 4 is officially on; a solid weekend of con gaming. The guys and I have been to the past three, and there's no way we're missing this one. If St. Louis is in your travel range, then think about it! www.fearthecon.com
Hack, I grieve for you, my friend.
Here's a link to a complete multi-genre set of books, a free - legal - download.
For more information about getting into PPRPGs, inquire at your Friendly Local Gaming Store/Comic Shop. Or find out about GURPS at sjgames.com and Palladium at palladiumbooks.com Savage Worlds has an awesome site as well, but I don't have the address memorized.