#RPGaDay2017 What is an RPG you would like to see published?

A generic science fiction RPG that isn’t so generic that it’s just an all-purpose ruleset. I think this is tricky, as it seems very easy to make a few key choices (a set of PC species, specific drive technology, some mystery crucial to the implied setting) that make the game effectively not-generic.

And, honestly, I’m not sure this is even possible, but I can say that, whenever a new SF RPG comes out (which is rare, honestly), it’s the above metric against​ which I judge it.

(I’m assuming this is asking about a theoretical RPG I’d like to see exist, not an actual RPG I know someone is working on that I hope will get published.)

20 thoughts on “#RPGaDay2017 What is an RPG you would like to see published?

  1. I don’t even know if it’s possible. I think it depends on how the effort is carried out. I like how Alternity handled it, giving generic/universal/customizable rules, and at the same time, providing and supporting (was it 2?) some versions of the game where those choices, like FTL, were made by the authors.

    I think D20 Modern tried, but didn’t go far enough. THey had the generic rules, but then maybe half a page going: You might turn this into Star Frontiers if you do this… but no further support… dunno.

  2. < ![CDATA[I don't even know if it's possible. I think it depends on how the effort is carried out. I like how Alternity handled it, giving generic/universal/customizable rules, and at the same time, providing and supporting (was it 2?) some versions of the game where those choices, like FTL, were made by the authors. I think D20 Modern tried, but didn't go far enough. THey had the generic rules, but then maybe half a page going: You might turn this into Star Frontiers if you do this... but no further support... dunno.]]>

  3. Bret Gillan Shock has been sitting on my shelf for years, and I have yet to either read or play it. It’s probably a good candidate, though!

    Paul Beakley Haven’t read UW, either. Likewise, it might fit the bill.

  4. < ![CDATA[Bret Gillan Shock has been sitting on my shelf for years, and I have yet to either read or play it. It’s probably a good candidate, though!
    Paul Beakley Haven’t read UW, either. Likewise, it might fit the bill.]]>

  5. Mark Delsing Shock is the best “do anything” sci-fi that I’ve played. It doesn’t model how much damage lasers do or whatever, but I feel like it focuses on what sci-fi is really about.

  6. < ![CDATA[Mark Delsing Shock is the best "do anything" sci-fi that I've played. It doesn't model how much damage lasers do or whatever, but I feel like it focuses on what sci-fi is really about.]]>

  7. Eloy Cintron Alternity is a good example of not-quite, as they presented specific species. I think they provided info on creating new ones, but I’m not sure.

    d20M was a wholly generic system, and so doesn’t count in my view.

  8. < ![CDATA[Eloy Cintron Alternity is a good example of not-quite, as they presented specific species. I think they provided info on creating new ones, but I’m not sure.
    d20M was a wholly generic system, and so doesn’t count in my view.]]>