17th: Favorite Fantasy RPG
Boy – that’s a rough one; I like different things about different systems. If I had to pick a rules-set to use right now, it’d probably be 13th Age; it is the simplest fantasy ruleset I know that still has a very easy buy-in and familiarity to any gamer who has played D&D or Pathfinder.
That said, here’s some systems I’ve been intrigued by lately. I have this Frankenstein-like homebrew I’m working on, and in the pursuit of that I have looked at a LOT of fantasy RPGs, to see what I like and don’t like in a rules system.
Simon Washbourne’s Barbarians of Lemuria.
Mostly I like the loosey-goosey magic system. The link above is to an early, free version, but there are many newer editions.
Gregory Phillpotts’ By a Throw of the Dice.
Another nice loosey-goosey magic system.
Gates & Gorgons, by Rafael Chandler and Kobayashi.
This game has attitude – ruthless, deadly attitude.
Tim Kirk’s High Valor.
I like a lot of how characters are built and how their traits get used.
Matthew M. Slepin’s Swords of Fortune.
For it’s “dark” pulp fantasy tone.