Ask The Stargazer: “What is the one RPG that you have never run, but have always wanted to?”

Ask the Stargazer! Today’s question has been asked by a reader who calls himself Lon. And while it’s a perfect question, I am not sure how I should answer that. Let me start by saying that the list of RPGs that I have never run, but always wanted to is probably longer than my arm. Who am I kidding? The list is way longer than both of my arms. 😛

For many years I have been collecting roleplaying game rulebooks. If I said I had dozens of RPG books this would probably be an understatement. And the number of books I bought on RPGNow over the years is quite impressive. Of course I have not yet read all of those and I will probably never use all of them, but there are a few I really would love to run one day.

Let me list a few of those:

  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG
    I got a copy of this fine game as a review copy from Cubicle 7 a while ago. I haven’t had the time to write a proper review yet, but from what I’ve seen so far it’s an awesome game. The mechanics are pretty nice and the designers managed to grab the essence of the series and put it into their game. Marvelous!
    I am a big fan of the new series and I even managed to get my girlfriend fall in love with it, too. Now I need to find a few more players and the time to run that game.
  • Shadow, Sword & Spell
    For quite some time I wanted to run a Sword & Sorcery game. And if I should ever find the time to run one, I will probably use Rogue Games’ SS&S to run it. The game uses Rogue Games 12° System which I like a lot. That reminds me I should write a review of SS&S at some point in the future. I have to admit I was unsure whether it was ok for me to write one, since my name appears in the credits of several Rogue Games products since I have done some proofreading for them.
  • Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein
    Dark Harvest is one of the most impressive games I’ve ever read. The setting is extremely awesome and if you are looking for a unique horror game, you should check out this game. Alas the unique setting makes it complicated to find players interested in playing the game. But I totally love it and I am looking forward to all the new stuff coming out in the future.
  • Atomic Highway
    Since playing Interplay’s Fallout back in the day I love the post-apocalypse genre. And Atomic Highway is one of my favorite pen & paper roleplaying games of said genre. My plans to run a Fallout-inspired game using the AH rules utterly failed but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to run Atomic Highway anymore. But perhaps next time I will use a setting more fitting to the rules. As the name of the game implies vehicles play a significant role. If your vision of a post-apocalyptic world looks much like the Mad Max movies, AH is the perfect game for you. In the Fallout world modern vehicles are almost non-existent, which caused a few issues. But I digress.
  • Gamma World
    Yes, you read that correctly. Even though I am not too fond of D&D 4th Edition I am quite excited about that game. I have to admit I haven’t picked it up yet, but from what I’ve heard it’s awesome. For some reason I am in the mood for some wacky post-apocalyptic game with anthropomorphic animals and weird mutants with improbable powers. And it seems Gamma World is the perfect remedy for that itch. 😉

But of course this list is far from being exhaustive. I could go on for pages listing all the cool games that I would love to run. My collection is full of exciting games and there are even more out there I haven’t picked up yet. If you ask me, it’s a great time to be a gamer. There are more games out there than ever and the community is more active and vibrant than ever before. Don’t let them tell you everything was better back in the day. I highly doubt it was the case. The only thing that was better was that when we were young, we had a much more free times on our hands we could use for playing RPGs. But I digress.

Now that I have answered Lon’s question let me ask my readers: What is the one RPG that you have never run, but have always wanted to? As always every feedback is appreciated!

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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.

17 thoughts on “Ask The Stargazer: “What is the one RPG that you have never run, but have always wanted to?””

  1. Dogs in the Vineyard has always been on my to-do list but I haven’t found the right mix of people who would go for it.

    1. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the game, but I am not really sure if the setting is right for me. Perhaps I’ll pick it up one day just to have a look at the mechanics.

      1. You can strip out the religion of Dogs and replace it with other faiths/duties. I have played it as a Celtic saga and it would work for Jedi as well, just some examples.

  2. dmsguide, what a stupid thing to say.

    Since when is being interested in a game for whatever reason hypocritical, even when one is not keen on another game?

    Will we ever stop using word like “nerd”, “geek” and “grognard” as insults among ourselves? It’s pathetic!

  3. I’d love to play some One Ring and that Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein definitely catches my eye.

    I’m still trying to find people to play Aces & Eights.

    I share Michael’s sentiment about Dogs in the Vineyard. I like some of the system, but it’s too rooted in Latter Day Saintness for my tastes.

  4. Some of the games I want to play/run have rule systems some are based off favorite books that story ended before I was done.

    Thieve’s World – I have Green Ronin’s books not sure if I will run using a d20 system or go with some other rules light system

    Myth Adventures by Robert Lynn Asprin – The bazaar on Deva dealing with the deveels.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Have the book have never played.

    Street Fighter – I picked this book up after Street Fighter 4 came out. I played alot videogames over years would like to try the RPG probably a one shot.

    I just read a post that mentioned Dune I haven’t thought about this in a long time but it immediately got the gears turning.

  5. Mouse Guard
    I bought this over a year ago and I have read the book twice. When the box set came out I almost jumped on it, but then I stopped myself. I haven’t even played one session using the book I had purchased, why would I want to drop money on something else to collect dust?

    I love the setting and have enjoyed the comics books a lot. I’m not sure why I don’t just sit down with the girls and play. I always think I’m going to, but it just never happens.

  6. Out of all the games I’d like the run, but never have, Monsters and Other Childish Things is probably number one. I just love the concept of the game (playing little children with monsters as friends) and I like the system, but I don’t know how I’d run a campaign for it.

    I’d also love to run The One Ring, Dark Harvest: The Legacy of Frankenstein, and Mouse Guard.

  7. Right now its
    2)Heroquest 2ed
    3) Angel

    Heck I would take playing/running just about any super-hero game right now. And I have poking at Warrior, Rogue, & Mage and Resolute Adventurer & Genius.

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