Games I’m excited about

After being sick last week I finally feel fine enough to write another blog post. Today I want to write about what games I’m currently excited about. Yeah, I know, I am easily excitable, but trust me, these games are definitely something to be excited about.

Numenéra characters The first game on my list is Monte Cook’s upcoming Numenéra. Numenéra is science fantasy roleplaying game set into the far future of Earth. Science is so advanced it basically looks and feels like magic. The setting also shares a few tropes with the post-apocalyptic genre. Several civilizations each spanning millions of years have fallen and the people living in the Ninth World search the ruins for artifacts from ages past. The system will be rules-light and promote gameplay that centers on characters and story – not rules. I didn’t back the Kickstarter back in the day, because a) I just hadn’t enough money to spare and b) I wasn’t really convinced that Numenéra was the right game for me. But the more I read about it the more excited I got, and so I decided to preorder the PDF and get the books when they are available in local stores.

Chaotic Good I am a big fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, so it’s no surprise I am looking forward to the new Firefly RPG Margaret Weis Productions is working on. It will not be an update of their Serenity RPG but a totally new game built from the ground up using the Cortex+ System. I have to admit I had my issues with Cortex+ in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s probably a good system, but I have a hard time getting my head around it. Hopefully the new Firefly RPG will be written in a way that I can understand it. Nevertheless I am very excited. In my opinion the Verse is a great place to play in and it’s great that MWP has got the rights again to work on a new RPG set into this setting. Hopefully they can keep the license a bit longer than the Marvel one.

Atomic Robo Last but not least I want to mention the Atomic Robo roleplaying game by Evil Hat. Atomic Robo is a comic book series about a nuclear powered robot built by Nikola Tesla who’s fighting Nazis and other evil doers with SCIENCE! I didn’t actually know about the comics before I read the game’s announcement but I totally fell in love with it as soon as I checked it out. The roleplaying game will use the Fate Core rules and should be out anytime soon now. The comics are funny, witty and very exciting. If the roleplaying game will even be half as fun, we will be in for a ride. Alas preorder hasn’t started yet, so I’ll have to wait a bit longer before I can throw more money at Evil Hat Productions. ^_^

What are the games you’re excited about right now? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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.

6 thoughts on “Games I’m excited about”

  1. I could come on here and pimp the fact that I’m writing my own game, and people should get excited about it, but since the project is about a month old, I think that might be a bit premature. Instead I’m going to say that I’m really looking forward to a new edition of Victoriana by Cubicle 7 games. Not a new game, I know, but I still can’t wait to check it out.

    1. The new 3 ed Victoriana has much improved internal history and logic than the last iteration, shorty. Walt took the ideas John Tuckey didn’t really expand on and tightened them up and expanded on them.

      I was supposed to be working on a bunch of the new books, but the boys at C7 couldn’t get off their duffs and get me on contract after a month (I lost a really good ghost writing gig thanks to this…), so I bailed. Still — the new product looks good.

  2. I’m excited about all 3 of those games as well!
    If I had known you had become interested in Numenera, but had missed the kickstarter, I would have been happy to ask them to let you take my place in the playtesting (I pledged at a level that got me that access, but I wasn’t personally interested in playtesting, so I never downloaded that material or anything). A little late for that now, though :-}

  3. Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition (this September apparently), Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed (yeah fellow Kickstarters!!!), Shadowrun 5th.

    So… same old same old, but solid and well done.

  4. I’m not excited about Numenara, but I am interested. The setting certainly presses some buttons for me. Right now I’m excited about:
    Fate Core – this should be in my hands very soon.
    Rocket Age – 1930s space adventure? Oh yeah!
    Revelations of Mars – 1930s space adventure? Oh yeah! (This one’s still a year off, but I know the system is solid.)
    Cavaliers of Mars – Notice a trend here? This one strikes me as having the same vibe as Numenara – a sci-fi/fantasy blend. Might come out soon, might be a long way off.

  5. Firefly, definitely — even though I’m not a fan of “Fate Cortex”, I like the setting and I can port stuff back to old Cortex.
    Rocket Age — I was tossing around ideas for a campaign like this, then saw the preview stuff for it.
    Revelations of Mars — Jumped on this Kickstarter.

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