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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2021 10:14 a.m. PST

I'm wondering in particular about:

Romance of the Perilous Land
Paleomythic
and maybe Jackals

Anyone actually bought them, or even better played them? I like the non-standard settings they offer, but am a bit concerned that they might be "Frostgrave plus a few things".

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2021 10:14 a.m. PST

I'm wondering in particular about:

Romance of the Perilous Land
Paleomythic
and maybe Jackals

Anyone actually bought them, or even better played them? I like the non-standard settings they offer, but am a bit concerned that they might be "Frostgrave plus a few things".

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2021 10:21 a.m. PST

Ah, double double posting…nice evil grin

mad monkey 116 Jun 2021 10:42 a.m. PST

I bought Jackals. I could see myself playing a campaign. The mechanics seemed a little old school d100 with some nice chrome, especially the clash system of combat. Now getting my mates to play….

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2021 11:21 a.m. PST

Paleomythic was a fascinating read, but never tried to play it.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2021 3:35 p.m. PST

What did Paleomythic offer? The Osprey site doesn't have that much information but it seemed to be set on Mu, in a stone age technology context but with magic that works. And…??? I'm sort of intrigued, but what sort of adventure hooks does the book offer up?

Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian17 Jun 2021 1:25 p.m. PST

I've been eyeing 'Those Dark Places' but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I think they're all different games/authors/mechanics.


Not that that helps you with your question. sorry.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2021 2:10 p.m. PST

It's sort of telling that no-one's playing them !

It's a bit like the wargame rules – they seem to all sell quite well, but only a few like Lion Rampant (and Frostgrave!) seem to get played a lot.

USAFpilot25 Jun 2021 3:11 p.m. PST

Writing new RPGs seems like a solution in search of a problem. Some of the clunkiness of old school RPGs was fixed in later editions. And the very nature of RPGs makes them perfectly adaptable to house rules.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2021 1:41 a.m. PST

That's true – it does seem that most modern RPGs are, more or less, selling a "background" rather than innovative new rules systems. Since a large part of RPGs is storytelling that's maybe not so surprising.

Although – Long ago I used to do all the leg work for a fantasy RPG, and it took up more time than I can imagine doing now. So having a system and a "world background" and then some adventure modules is attractive. The Osprey RPGs don't seem to have reached the "module" stage – which is sort of odd since Frostrgrave has plenty of "Campaign Books."

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