WISH 99 :: Great Galloping Genre

counting up to the last WISH at 100

Perverse Access Memory: WISH 99: Best Genre RPGs
Pick three to five genres and name the best RPG for that genre. Why do you think it’s the best? What makes it better than others? What are its downsides?

How embarassing. I don’t wander genre much.


Science Fiction: I’m still thinking that Traveller beats all others. The background build for PCs is just too nifty, and the general grip on scale of information is very good. I think most SF games break due to info and backstory.
The downside to Traveller: dry as toast and not supported anymore. (d20 doesn’t count.)
Supers: I just thumbed quickly through a Mutants & Masterminds book at Barnes & Noble. Impressive. Still my own experience says that Champions is the best of the best. Balance and no limits to imagination. Clean system design. A very heartfelt understanding of the genre.
The downside to Champions: you have to grok math to build an effective PC and you have to understand maintaining END pace in a fight.
Gods and Monsters: for reasons which might come to light some day, I love Doyce’s genre assessment category for this—so I’m ganking it. I like Nobilis, and may someday (with play time) feel it is superior, but Amber DRPG still holds the pinnacle here. With all its bumpy flaws, the GM-driven Karma resolution is sleek and solid. When coupled with Drama based play from Players (and kudos to that investment from Players) and a GM willing to define and simulate scale of feats, it is just my cup of tea. As a sidenote, since I discovered and became happy with Amber DRPG, all your genre belong to us!
The downside to Amber DRPG: minimal ties to physics and reality means GM overhead and sometimes asks for wisdom of Solomon; narrative reflexes of Zelazny.
General Occult Weirdness: I might pick BESM for this because of the inherent flexibility of that game system.
Downside? Not that I know of.

A special tip of the hat here to Ginger over at PAM for the stamina and consistent quality in producing WISH over 90+ weeks. It has been a fun meme and I’m sure it will be missed across the web as few weekly events have been. Thanks, G. You’re the tops.

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