Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton

Game Shopping

I returned Game Mastering Secrets to Phantom of the Attic a while ago, because I didn't find anything novel or surprising in it. (Compare this to Robin's Laws, which was fantastically useful.)

So now I have some credit with Phantom. But I'm having trouble thinking of things I want to buy. The candidates I can think of:

- Nobilis.
Pros: I've heard lots of good things about it. I like the idea of a Sandmanesque RPG, and I like the discussion of pre-negotiating game contracts.
Cons: It's fairly expensive. I suspect that I'd be fairly challenged to play it, and that GMing it is beyond my current abilities. I'm not sure who I would play it with.

- The Buffy: the Vampire Slayer RPG.
Pros: I've heard lots of good things about it. It's claimed to be good at representing Buffy, and good at handling the differences in power levels between different characters.
Cons: I've only watched two episodes of Buffy; it's plausible that the RPG might not be the best way to get into the show. I'm not sure I would ever get to play.

- Monster Manual II
Pros: A much better chance that I'd actually find something useful for my current games.
Cons: I haven't heard much buzz about it, and I'm not sure it's likely to really thrill me.

I'd really like to buy good adventures. But it's hard to find adventures that look decent and fit well with my plot plans. At least I have a few months of adventures for the moment--hopefully I'll generate my own adventures in the meantime.

I'm not quite sure what I do want for gaming, but I'm having trouble finding it.
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