I love Burning Wheel lifepaths
On the train to work this morning I was reviewing the Lifepaths of Man in BWG, looking for some ideas for my PC in an upcoming BW game. I knew I really wanted the Kid lifepath, and the choices I had to make in order to get it while staying in my original concept led to a far better concept for the PC’s back-story, and a solid idea for a juicy Relationship.
BW surprises me every time I pick it up. I’m not sure any other game I have manages to do that.