[generic] Witcher TRPG

Guvnor

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#1
My notes on the coming Witcher TRPG

Witchers are not liked, but they are *needed*

The School is in decline, indeed the setting is in turmoil in a "D&D meets the Eastern Front" with as much emphasis on pogroms, partisans and cynical political betrayal as mass armies waging total war.

But the conceit of monster of the week still works just fine if you want to let the background fade away.

Fuzion had a brief time in the sun but Life got in the way. It's a merging of Cyberpunk Interlock and the Hero system and can be very light or quite crunchy.

It's roll high against difficulty value. It can be d10 or d6 driven. Don't know which one they have chosen.

Check out Artesia for a full bore fantasy version that feels like RQ with similar crunch.

Check out the Usagi Yojimbo before current for very light.

It's a fine system from the 2-3rd generations of RPGs pre indie sensibility. Not in the d20 tradition,

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzion
 
#2
Thanks for ths insights, I heard "The Witcher RPG" was being handled by R Talsorian Games, but did not know it would use the Fuzion game engine, (which is a bit dated).
 
#4
I'm partial to the Witcherverse. Not sure about what I've seen of the system - perhaps a bit crunchy for my current denture strength. Although, IIRC, the critical mechanics the designer describes sounds rather interesting.

Since their trip to Poland, there seems to be a bit more focus on making a tabletop game rather than emulating a video game, which is the strong impression I get from earlier designer notes.

I hope it's a good one.
 
#5
I've seen the list of playable races and possible classes, one of which is Witcher.

The trouble is I can't help feel that the reason you'd probably want to play a Witcher, so all other classes will feel secondary.
 

Guvnor

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#6
Read the novels. The multiple characters there offer many more roles to emulate.
I have never played the video game so maybe my viewpoint is different....
 
#7
Read the novels. The multiple characters there offer many more roles to emulate.
I have never played the video game so maybe my viewpoint is different....
Never played the video game, but read just the first novel - I'll take your word for it!
 

Guvnor

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#8
Ah, then that explains it. The first book is a short story collection, so if that is what you read then the other character types may have been far less obviously interesting.

Witcher's are hated, and usually have the social skills of a honey badger, so if you want to do any roleplaying, they offer few opportunities other than 'grunt'..
 
#9
Okay, the Witcher RPG is out (in PDF) here:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/248538/The-Witcher-Pen--Paper-RPG

It appears to be marked down from £38.96. That's a mad price for a pdf. I presume that's actually the hardback price and the supposedly marked down price is the normal pdf price, in which case R. Talsorian Games have already lost points from me for being deceitful.

However the description and some of the reviews sound brilliant.

Has anyone bought and read it yet?
 
#10
It appears to be marked down from £38.96. That's a mad price for a pdf. I presume that's actually the hardback price and the supposedly marked down price is the normal pdf price, in which case R. Talsorian Games have already lost points from me for being deceitful.
Actually, this is pretty standard among a lot of the postings, especially the "big companies".

However the description and some of the reviews sound brilliant. Has anyone bought and read it yet?
Alas, having looked at the preview pages and read one of the off-site reviews, I would wouldn't imagine getting this as I'm shallow enough that the visual appearance of the rule book matters. You're not going to engage me with a book that aesthetically appears to have been slung together.
 

Newt

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It appears to be marked down from £38.96. That's a mad price for a pdf. I presume that's actually the hardback price and the supposedly marked down price is the normal pdf price, in which case R. Talsorian Games have already lost points from me for being deceitful.
Its a Drivethrurpg/rpgnow setting thing in the back end. When I set up pdf titles I have the option to fill in the full price of the book so that it gets filled in and displayed next to the actual pdf price. It's a bit of marketing nonsense that's been there since the start of the two sites (which are running under the same backend now its all the same company One Book Shelf), when they were pdf only. A sort of quick way of saying "Hey you could have bought this in print at its full price of £X Look what a bargain you'll be getting!"
 

Guvnor

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#12
Actually, this is pretty standard among a lot of the postings, especially the "big companies".


Alas, having looked at the preview pages and read one of the off-site reviews, I would wouldn't imagine getting this as I'm shallow enough that the visual appearance of the rule book matters. You're not going to engage me with a book that aesthetically appears to have been slung together.
I thought the previews I saw looked lovely. Do direct me to others..
 
#13
I thought the previews I saw looked lovely. Do direct me to others..
These days it is a matter of taste and difficult to please all potential buyers.

For example, I love the LCARS color theme of Star Trek Adventurees since I grew up with The Next Generation. Conversely I find the art direction of The Veins of the Earth just horribly lazy.
 
#14
The book is not a nice book. The layout feels puritan, and unadorned, sometimes confusing. It isn't unreadable, or distracting... But really there is not much to say about how this book presents itself. Almost all of the art is taken from the various CD Project games, which results in artwork of varying quality, lacking a strong aesthetic element all together. It just looks cheap. Uninspired text boxes, boring headers, and art taken from other sources... Meh.
Although, I could have sworn I read something offsite and now can't find the link...
 
#16
These days it is a matter of taste and difficult to please all potential buyers.
For example, I love the LCARS color theme of Star Trek Adventures since I grew up with The Next Generation. Conversely I find the art direction of The Veins of the Earth just horribly lazy.
And I'm in completely the opposite place to you on that! I felt that, not only was VotE good layout and styling, it was set up well functionally. STA got sold after it failed to engage me and felt like a mess for the third time...

But as you said, each to their own.
 
#20
Alas, having looked at the preview pages and read one of the off-site reviews, I would wouldn't imagine getting this as I'm shallow enough that the visual appearance of the rule book matters. You're not going to engage me with a book that aesthetically appears to have been slung together.
Having flicked through the book, the layout is not particularly inspiring, I feel as though I could easily and quickly recreate the book in PowerPoint. It's not terrible but it does feel a bit lazy.
 
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