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Author:  BlanchPrez [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 12:51 pm ]
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I could have sworn someone did this poll already, but I couldn't find it using the search function, so...

I was curious, and just wondered what everyone's favorite genre of RPG's was.

Me, I find myself drawn more to fantasy RPG's more than anything else, though that would be closely followed by Sci-Fi.

Chris

Author:  Jake [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 12:56 pm ]
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I’d have to go with fantasy as well. Followed closely by modern with a twist of occult/conspiracy.

Author:  Foxbat [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:10 pm ]
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My favorites are modern and sci-fi.

Daniel

Author:  Gotetsu [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:12 pm ]
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I picked "all of the above" because I love all of those (with the exception of Horror, but I'm even flexible on that). Though, if that choice wouldn't have been available, I would have picked Fantasy/Sci Fi. Nothing like mixing those genres.

So, you could guess that I am so diggin the Dragonstar campaign right now. :D

Author:  BreakfastOfChampions [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:56 pm ]
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Hard to pick one. How do you rate 'Modern Horror' anyway?

Author:  mordraine [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:57 pm ]
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I like modern settings best out of that list. But probably my favorite setting type is post-apocalypse (conspicuously missing from the list, and IMO, a different category from sci-fi).

Author:  Gotetsu [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:02 pm ]
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mordraine wrote:
I like modern settings best out of that list. But probably my favorite setting type is post-apocalypse (conspicuously missing from the list, and IMO, a different category from sci-fi).


Umm...that would be "Other" :roll:

Author:  Neuro [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:07 pm ]
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Cyberpunk. I love cyberpunk. I put it under 'Other'.

Author:  cczernia [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:38 pm ]
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Mine would have to be sci fi fantasy. That is to say scifi with elements of mysticism (ie Urth of the New Sun, Fading Suns, Dune) not scifi with elves and dragons (ie Shadowrun, Dragonstar, Spelljammer).

Author:  BlanchPrez [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:41 pm ]
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BreakfastOfChampions wrote:
Hard to pick one. How do you rate 'Modern Horror' anyway?


I would label it as horror. Horror covers everything that has horror overtones, from CoC to Ravenloft to All Flesh must be Eaten. ;)

Chris

Author:  BlanchPrez [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:43 pm ]
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cczernia wrote:
Mine would have to be sci fi fantasy. That is to say scifi with elements of mysticism (ie Urth of the New Sun, Fading Suns, Dune) not scifi with elves and dragons (ie Shadowrun, Dragonstar, Spelljammer).


Science Fantasy is what I should have labeled that option on the poll. I like it myself, and I include Star Wars in there. I also include Dragonstar and Shadowrun in there, but not Spelljammer. Spelljammer is a purely fantasy setting, it just had some really fantastic methods of travel. Dragonstar, however, is a sci-fi setting that utilizes fantasy staples, such as dwarves, elves and magic.

Chris

Author:  BreakfastOfChampions [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:46 pm ]
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Yeah, but then when you have stuff like the Name of the Rose, which was a Medieval Mystery but was really neither. The whole genre thing gets confusing.

What the hell is 'alternative music' anyway?

:P

Author:  BlanchPrez [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:53 pm ]
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BreakfastOfChampions wrote:
Yeah, but then when you have stuff like the Name of the Rose, which was a Medieval Mystery but was really neither. The whole genre thing gets confusing.


Well, that would go under "other." Or Fantasy, if you want to really stretch it. ;)

Chris

Author:  mordraine [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:54 pm ]
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Gotetsu wrote:
[quote:51be047c28="mordraine"]I like modern settings best out of that list. But probably my favorite setting type is post-apocalypse (conspicuously missing from the list, and IMO, a different category from sci-fi).


Umm...that would be "Other" :roll:[/quote:51be047c28]

I will NOT have my favorite genre marginalized with the moniker "Other"!!!!

:banned:

Author:  Gotetsu [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:09 pm ]
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BreakfastOfChampions wrote:
What the hell is 'alternative music' anyway?


I always felt that that type of music was offered up as an "alternative" to real music. :shock:

Author:  Chulainn [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:29 pm ]
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Neuro wrote:
Cyberpunk. I love cyberpunk. I put it under 'Other'.


Have you looked over OGL Cybernet (D20 Cyberpunk) yet?

C

Author:  cczernia [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:38 pm ]
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BlanchPrez wrote:
Spelljammer is a purely fantasy setting, it just had some really fantastic methods of travel. Dragonstar, however, is a sci-fi setting that utilizes fantasy staples, such as dwarves, elves and magic.


You're absolutly correct. My bad for throwing Spelljammer under Scifi fantasy.

Author:  Neuro [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 4:27 pm ]
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Have you looked over OGL Cybernet (D20 Cyberpunk) yet?


I really haven't. D20 is okay with me for things like D&D. I wouldn't like it -at all- for something with a lot of technology. If I were going to run a cyberpunk game these days, it'd be GURPS.

Author:  Wintermute [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 5:35 pm ]
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Neuro wrote:
If I were going to run a cyberpunk game these days, it'd be GURPS.


That's my girl. :)

Author:  Jake [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 5:43 pm ]
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I wish I had my wife trained that well. I have no idea how long it would take to teach her GURPS.

Author:  cczernia [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 7:24 pm ]
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Neuro wrote:
I really haven't. D20 is okay with me for things like D&D. I wouldn't like it -at all- for something with a lot of technology. If I were going to run a cyberpunk game these days, it'd be GURPS.


Cyberpunk is one of the few genres I picture GURPS doing well (along with Hard Scifi ala Transhuman Space which is also kind of Cyberpunkie). However, Interlock is one of my favorite systems so there is nothing but "Cyberpunk 2020" for adventuring in the Sprawl.

BTW: Chulainn, how are the netrunning rules? Both CP2020 and Gurps did a poor job of it. I've been waiting for decent netrunning rules and since Cybernet is the newest Cyberpunk RPG I was wondering if they did anything different (or are they still using data fortresses :( )

Author:  Cthulhu [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 8:48 pm ]
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I picked horror, although it was hard to decide. The first RPG I played was a friend's Ravenloft Campaign. Who was the other horror vote?

Author:  cczernia [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 9:20 pm ]
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Cthulhu wrote:
I picked horror, although it was hard to decide. The first RPG I played was a friend's Ravenloft Campaign. Who was the other horror vote?


I'm not sure but I'm sure Breakfast will (has) vote horror once he figures out what it is 8)

Author:  mordraine [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:14 pm ]
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Jake wrote:
I wish I had my wife trained that well. I have no idea how long it would take to teach her GURPS.


I winced when I read this, only cuz I know Neuro will strenuously object to being "trained"...

Author:  Neuro [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:16 pm ]
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Bwahahahah. It's okay, Winter puts the seat down, I play GURPS. What more could you want?

Author:  Jake [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:17 pm ]
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Why is that? She seeems well trained at the CoC games.
:wink:

Author:  Neuro [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:21 pm ]
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I'll show you well trained! Showing back up next week? (I sort of hope to know who's coming because we're at an awkward point to work people in.)

Author:  BreakfastOfChampions [ Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:09 am ]
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cczernia wrote:
[quote:ae6de8be19="Cthulhu"]I picked horror, although it was hard to decide. The first RPG I played was a friend's Ravenloft Campaign. Who was the other horror vote?


I'm not sure but I'm sure Breakfast will (has) vote horror once he figures out what it is 8)[/quote:ae6de8be19]

Pictures of Bea Arthur Naked. That's horror.

Author:  mordraine [ Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:59 am ]
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I came pretty close to actually posting a picture of Bea Arthur naked, but then I remembered we should remain family friendly.

Author:  Gotetsu [ Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:05 am ]
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mordraine wrote:
I came pretty close to actually posting a picture of Bea Arthur naked, but then I remembered we should remain family friendly.


Ok, the fact that have one or know where to see one is scary enough. :shock:

Author:  BreakfastOfChampions [ Thu Jan 22, 2004 12:03 pm ]
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mordraine wrote:
I came pretty close to actually posting a picture of Bea Arthur naked, but then I remembered we should remain family friendly.


You'd be responsible for the SAN loss

Author:  smartmonkey [ Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:54 pm ]
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Meh. Tough choice. I marked down superheros, mostly because I've been on a mutants and masterminds / gritty supers kick for the last few months.

If I had to vote for favorite RPG of all time, it'd have to go under other: Nobilis.

Author:  mordraine [ Thu Jan 22, 2004 2:19 pm ]
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Gotetsu wrote:
Ok, the fact that have one or know where to see one is scary enough. :shock:


It was a simple matter of typing "Bea Arthur naked" in the Google image search. I found a pretty funny one that someone pasted together, with dear ol' Bea's head on a lingerie model's body.

Author:  Lowly Uhlan [ Tue Feb 03, 2004 6:44 pm ]
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Missed this thread when it was new.

Science fiction. Hands down,don't even need to think about it. Space Opera being the subgenre I've played the most. I'll be running a "hard" SF game as soon as I get my shit together. The last Trek series I ran was the best experience as a GM that I've ever had.

Science fantasy is good as long as it's done well. Fading Suns would be a good example. Anything with space elves would be a bad example. I would consider Star Wars to be space opera, there's minimal fantasy elements. The Jedi are similar to EE"Doc" Smith's Lensman,classic space opera. Not really a big deal what the classification is though, had a lot of fun playing WEG Star Wars.

And I would love to play some cyberpunk.

Author:  Shin Kenshiro [ Wed Feb 04, 2004 5:27 pm ]
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I really love Sci-Fi stuff....but only so far into the future. Jovian Chronicles and Heavy Gear seemed to have the right feel for a good Sci-Fi RPG. While HG took place WAAAAAY into the future, it didn't feel like it. Just seemed a little more high tech than JC, and both were cool settings. I was never a fan of anything Star Trek due to the massive super, dare I say, mega high tech stuff being used. Warp speed, teleportation...the ability to orbit a planet and scan it for every single human being on it when you haven't even made a single full rotation.....that really keeps me away from it all. Fantasy is great if you're not always dungeon crawling. Not much to a game if you find a job at a bar, then go deep underground and kill stuff. No room to manuever.

But far and away....I really dislike modern games. No system seems to have a good grasp of the modern world, simply for the fact that it's here and now, and you can only advance it so far before it's no longer modern. You're really just to limited by it all.

Author:  Lowly Uhlan [ Wed Feb 04, 2004 11:35 pm ]
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If any of us had a good grasp of the modern world we wouldn't be playing roleplaying games. :shock:

Author:  mordraine [ Thu Feb 05, 2004 9:11 am ]
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Shin Kenshiro wrote:
But far and away....I really dislike modern games. No system seems to have a good grasp of the modern world, simply for the fact that it's here and now, and you can only advance it so far before it's no longer modern. You're really just to limited by it all.


I really like modern games. And there's a simple reason for that: I've got a pre-built setting!! :) If I set my game in San Diego, everyone has an immediate reference for what I'm talking about. People can relate really easily to a game set in the modern day.

As far as systems go, I'm not really sure what you mean by that. I run an Orpheus game set in modern-day San Diego, which uses the Storyteller system. Seems to handle the setting okay for us. We're not interested in advancing it...

Author:  BreakfastOfChampions [ Thu Feb 05, 2004 9:54 am ]
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mordraine wrote:
[quote:c6bca3bd60="Shin Kenshiro"]But far and away....I really dislike modern games. No system seems to have a good grasp of the modern world, simply for the fact that it's here and now, and you can only advance it so far before it's no longer modern. You're really just to limited by it all.


I really like modern games. And there's a simple reason for that: I've got a pre-built setting!! :) If I set my game in San Diego, everyone has an immediate reference for what I'm talking about. People can relate really easily to a game set in the modern day.

As far as systems go, I'm not really sure what you mean by that. I run an Orpheus game set in modern-day San Diego, which uses the Storyteller system. Seems to handle the setting okay for us. We're not interested in advancing it...[/quote:c6bca3bd60]

Word. My d20 Modern game is set in San Diego. My players, some who are familiar with California, and some who are not, enjoy it very much.

Mind you, there's a point where the setting becomes its own, like when the Dirty Bomb went off in LA. Slight change to the setting that.

Author:  mordraine [ Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:18 am ]
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BreakfastOfChampions wrote:
Mind you, there's a point where the setting becomes its own, like when the Dirty Bomb went off in LA. Slight change to the setting that.


Absolutely! Which is the fun part!

Author:  BreakfastOfChampions [ Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:19 am ]
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mordraine wrote:
[quote:e219323eb8="BreakfastOfChampions"]Mind you, there's a point where the setting becomes its own, like when the Dirty Bomb went off in LA. Slight change to the setting that.


Absolutely! Which is the fun part![/quote:e219323eb8]

Precisely! Its the familiarity mixed with the new that makes it so cool

Author:  Jake [ Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:09 pm ]
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I prefer games that happen in the background of the modern world. Vampire hunters, conspiracy, that kind of stuff. The subterfuge that’s necessary for that kind of game adds a lot.

Author:  mordraine [ Thu Feb 05, 2004 1:08 pm ]
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Jake wrote:
I prefer games that happen in the background of the modern world. Vampire hunters, conspiracy, that kind of stuff. The subterfuge that’s necessary for that kind of game adds a lot.


Yep! The supernatural and/or the horrific and/or the super-secret, on top of the seemingly normal world.

Author:  Count Zero [ Thu Feb 05, 2004 2:48 pm ]
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mordraine wrote:
[quote:fe9aeb614d="Jake"]I prefer games that happen in the background of the modern world. Vampire hunters, conspiracy, that kind of stuff. The subterfuge that’s necessary for that kind of game adds a lot.


Yep! The supernatural and/or the horrific and/or the super-secret, on top of the seemingly normal world.[/quote:fe9aeb614d]

Ya know... the thing I love about the horror genre is that it is a genre that works just fine with any other genre. It of course works great with modern and early 19th century settings, but it even meshes well with fantasy and future settings, although the latter can sometimes get a little wonky. I have never been a big fan of cross-genre but I really like mixing horror into games. Keep in mind I consider suspense part of the horror genre... just no monsters... :)

Jonathan

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