Ask The Readers: What’s your favorite genre?

We all know that the game that started it all in 1974 was firmly set into the fantasy genre and without doubt tolkienesque fantasy is still the favorite genre for most roleplayers. But I am interested in what other genres are high up on your list. What’s your favorite genre and why?

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Please vote in the poll above and let your voices be heard in the comments. You are allowed to select up to three genres in the poll. If you feel that the categories are too broad, you can always specifiy you favorite sub-genre in a comment.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

11 thoughts on “Ask The Readers: What’s your favorite genre?”

  1. I chose Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror myself. Although I have a soft-spot for the alternate history and superhero genre, most campaigns are run are usually from these three genres.

  2. While the roots of our hobby are in Fantasy, it has never been a favorite of mine. I can run fantasy, and do enjoy it, but my favorite games and settings are Sci Fi.

    Running a close second for me, is Contemporary. I have run a few modern based games and fully enjoyed them as well.

  3. Likewise I selected Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror. If I had to classify them in my order of preference they would be in that exact same order. I still love fantasy to this day, I think it has some very nice features and makes it accessible to almost everyone. Sci-Fi is a close second, and the longest campaign I’ve ever played, after the ridiculously long fantasy ones, was a Star Frontiers game. Horror is funny because I REARELLY run the genre, I’ve been a player in more horror campaigns that anything else. Most of the successful horror games I’ve run have been one shot adventures.

  4. I wasn't sure how to answer. I would have picked 4 if I could. Right now I'm really into Sci-Fi/Fantasy set in a historical setting with lots of horror elements. (eg. Weird West)

    I'm seeing more people starting to experiment with mixing elements from what have become (but weren't always) separate genres. When I was younger I didn't like mixing genres. Now that I'm older I love it. 🙂
    .-= Stuart´s last blog ..Weird West Rules Reference =-.

  5. Middle-Eastern/Hindu/Asian fantasy is my preference but nobody has done it a way I like until I went out and did it in a way I like. So I will say I don't like anything. It's a strange conclusion I'm sure.

    I "like" a whole lot of other stuff. But me and "like" have a strange relationship and I would need more space than this box to 'sperge out and explain it, and more time than I would like devoted to that task.
    .-= Wyatt´s last blog ..Those Who Change Fates – Adventurers in Eden =-.

  6. I considered "urban fantasy" (yes, as in Dresden Files) to fall under Contemporary, so I put it there.

    I almost picked Sci-Fi, but I only like about half of sci-fi. Space opera is cool (I very much like Fading Suns). And, I really like post-apocalyptic. Basically, what I like is often termed "science fantasy." Starting from Star Wars through John Carter and out to Thundarr.

    My other genre of choice would be swashbuckler, potentially bleeding over into pulp. But, give me pirates vs. musketeers, and I'm happy.

    I am so burned out on straight-up fantasy at this point. I have been for nearly ten years, and yet I'm still in a monthly D&D game with all the standard tropes (playing through the Savage Tide campaign). Because I find it so hard to find non-fantasy campaigns.
    .-= Lugh´s last blog ..New PA concept =-.

  7. so I defeated the urge to see what happens when selecting more than 3 genres and went with Science-Fiction, Horror and Superhero…

    though when it comes to Science-Fiction, I like things that are sort of happening "now" and not the far future things… and with Horror, I like to be the monster in a contemporary setting…
    .-= Lunatyk´s last blog ..Settings =-.

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