Back in September I wrote a couple of posts about long running reviews. Well it is now 28th of December and I have just finished my series on HARP, High Adventure Role Playing. I started on 10th of September and finished on 28th of December and it took 13 posts.
Obviously HARP is not a new game but Rolemaster Unified [RMU] is and a lot of the ‘new’ features in RMU have come from HARP where they are tried and tested.
I am glad to have completed this project as I had made a point of mentioning that Jeremy Friesen’s read through of Stars Without Number had been the inspiration but had also seemingly stalled. I do not have any of the difficulties Jeremy has had in keeping my Rolemaster blog updated. Even without external pressures I was shocked at how long it took to get this completed. Part of the problem is that people who read the Rolemaster Blog are not necessarily interested in HARP. Rolemaster is seen as the grown up game and HARP is the smaller, lighter version. In reality HARP is a full standalone game in its own right and does a lot of things as well or better than Rolemaster. Doing the read through has taught me a lot that I would not have discovered at a single read through. The difference came, I think, from the readers comments and questions.
If I had written a single article I would never have been able to cover the game in the detail I gave it. I would never have got the level of user engagement and furthermore I got regular HARP players chipping in who had more experience I had.
Having completed the series I agree with Jeremy that a read through is a massive undertaking and a lot of work but it broadened the appeal of my blog to new readers and it proved interesting to the regular readers once they got over the fact that I was not talking about Rolemaster.
Would I do this again? I certainly would. As long as there was a directly relationship to my regular readers. I don’t think I could do that here on Stargazer’s World as it would be a huge imposition to bang on about the same game week after week.
I think the next one I do will be for a completely new game rather than something old and well known.
Alas, I have completed my long delayed “Let’s Read Stars without Number”
The index post: https://takeonrules.com/2018/07/07/lets-read-stars-without-number/
Thank you for your gentle nudging and reminder of something incomplete.
I am glad you got it completed. I did my HARP read through last year and I have launched into another one for Zweihander. Having learned from experience I do two chapters per blog post. I can read a pair of chapters in an evening and then write the related post as I go. Tomorrow I will publish up to chapter 10. I started on Jan 2nd so that is 10 chapters in 18 days. It is actually easier working at the faster rate as you can keep more in your memory despite the demands on my time. What is amusing is that I actually released my first Zweihander supplement today just based upon what I have read in the first 8 chapters. http://bit.ly/ZweiSolo