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Which Universal RPG system have you played?

- GURPS
18
19%
- Basic Roleplaying System (Chaosium)
14
15%
- Hero System
8
8%
- d20 Modern
10
11%
- FATE
8
8%
- Savage Worlds
9
9%
- Storyteller System (White Wolf)
13
14%
- True 20 (Green Ronin)
3
3%
- Cypher System
5
5%
- Unisystem
7
7%
 
Total votes: 95

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Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by shesheyan » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:10 pm

Which Universal RPG system have you played? In the case of a game with more then one edition please specify which one in the comments. The poll is limited to 10 options. If a system is not in the list please feel free to mention it below.

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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by shesheyan » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:30 pm

Played :
- Cypher System in its Numenera incarnation.
- Savage Worlds (Interface Zero cyberpunk, Slipstream Flash Gordon style SF)
- Gumshoe (Ashen Stars science-fiction).
- d20 Modern and all setting books.

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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by Dalillama » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:33 pm

GURPS 3e and 4e, Storyteller 1e, back when it was just World of Darkness (news to me they're calling it univeraal now)

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Post by Havard » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:42 pm

GURPS
Savage Worlds
D20 Modern
Unisystem
BRP
FUDGE
Storyteller
New World of Darkness
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Post by RobJN » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:35 pm

I haven't played any of the listed games, but I did run a few Big Eyes, Small Mouth games for the stepson. This was the pre-d20/dX version
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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by willpell » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:02 pm

Before I vote in the poll, if I've only played Champions and Call of Cthulhu, should I count myself as having experience with HERO and BRP?

White Wolf's Storyteller system isn't really a Universal system akin to GURPS; even in WOD 2.0, which can be played by itself, it's a very specific genre of story unto itself. You would have great difficulty adapting your D&D or Traveller game to Storytelling rules. (Also, to be completely nitpicky, WOD 1.0 is considered the "Storyteller system", while New WOD is called the "Storytelling" System. I think this fact is incredibly stupid, but there it is.)

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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by shesheyan » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:31 pm

willpell wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:02 pm
Before I vote in the poll, if I've only played Champions and Call of Cthulhu, should I count myself as having experience with HERO and BRP?
Yes.

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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by agathokles » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:09 pm

Unisystem (Witchcraft, Conspiracy X), BRP (Cthulhu), Savage Worlds (Deadlands), GURPS (Discworld), Storyteller (Vampire), Gumshoe (NBA), Cypher System (Numenera).

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Post by willpell » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:34 pm

OK, voted now. I think someone mentioned Big Eyes Small Mouth, and I've briefly played that one.

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Post by Coronoides » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:29 am

So I only ticked those where the games played were using the generic rule set and not a published setting (so no white wolf even though I have played vampire and wraith).
If we want to find out what the most popular generic system is we shouldn't be counting games played using a published setting.
Also how generic is generic? Eg. RQ 6e is setting free generic or fantasy as is T&T, the core book for Mutants and Mastermids is a generic supers setting which could be used for any genre really, do these count?
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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by Coronoides » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:42 am

shesheyan wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:31 pm
willpell wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:02 pm
Before I vote in the poll, if I've only played Champions and Call of Cthulhu, should I count myself as having experience with HERO and BRP?
Yes.
This ain't my Circus but I would call that a 'no'.
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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by timemrick » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:27 pm

The generic systems I know best are GURPS (played and ran multiple fantasy and Cthulhu games, all in 3E/3E Revised) and BESM (ran a fantasy mini-campaign in 2E; now running solo Greek myth game in 3E). Even though BESM was designed as an anime game, that style is broad enough to cover many genres. It works fine without any obvious anime trappings, too, so I consider it a generic system.

I've played a very small amount of Fate Accelerated, and briefly GMed True20 and D20 Modern.

I played in a short-lived Hero System 5E supers game set in the Wild Card universe. The GM turned out to not know the rules well enough to teach the game properly, so I had to try to cram them well enough to help the others finish building their characters. I liked the campaign premise, and my characters (one hero, one villain), but hated the system because it was impossible to build a character without a ton of arcane math. (GURPS has a rep for being math-intensive, but at least all its point-cost modifiers are optional, unlike Hero.)
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Post by timemrick » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:29 pm

I've also played some Unisystem games (Buffy and Angel, with borrowings from Ghosts of Albion, Witchcraft, and Army of Darkness), but not any that were truly generic.
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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by Havard » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:28 pm

timemrick wrote:
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I've also played some Unisystem games (Buffy and Angel, with borrowings from Ghosts of Albion, Witchcraft, and Army of Darkness), but not any that were truly generic.
Nice! I own most of the Unisystem RPGs, but haven't gotten a chance to play Buffy, Angel or Army of Darkness yet.

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Re: Which Universal RPG system have you played?

Post by snorri » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:57 pm

BRP only. For casual CoC and Stormbringer, but mostly Homebrew BRP for two long campaigns :
+ one set in a fantasy China.
+ Another of sci-fi / postapo world of Ice Company (La compagnie des glaces), the longest sci-fi saga in French. It has a dedicated game, but I felt BRP was better.

I like the idea of d100 under because it's easy to explain to players, easy to play, but I'm not really find of all others aspects of Brp game (especially stats blocks).

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Post by Havard » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:42 pm

snorri wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:57 pm
I like the idea of d100 under because it's easy to explain to players, easy to play, but I'm not really find of all others aspects of Brp game (especially stats blocks).
As a player, I used to hate the roll below systems. Mostly because most GM's never gave out modifiers to skill rolls, so I felt that my starting characters always sucked as opposed to D&D characters who mostly encountered poor AC opponents at early levels and better AC opponents later.

This works for CoC of course since feeling helpless can enhance the sense of horror. I really like how later versions of RuneQuest and BPR added a hero point/Luck point mechanic though.

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Post by agathokles » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:56 pm

Havard wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:42 pm
This works for CoC of course since feeling helpless can enhance the sense of horror. I really like how later versions of RuneQuest and BPR added a hero point/Luck point mechanic though.
CoC 7e also has luck points.

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Post by Big Mac » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:09 pm

I've only played d20 Modern, out of that lot.

But I do own books from two product lines that are variants on the d20 System (d20 Conan and World of Warcraft)
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Post by HenshinFanatic » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:13 am

While I haven't had the opportunity to play more than an intro adventure (no one around here really goes for anything other than D&D or PF), the narrative dice system used in Genesys is really intriguing to me.

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Post by Angel Tarragon » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:12 am

GURPS, Basic Roleplaying System (Chaosium), d20 Modern, Storyteller System (White Wolf) & True 20 (Green Ronin). It's been more than 11 years since I've played anything other than D&D though.

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Post by Tim Baker » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:09 am

I've played several universal systems:
  • Palladium (Palladium Fantasy, Heroes Unlimited, Ninjas & Superspies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness, Beyond the Supernatural, Robotech, Rifts)
  • GURPS (supers, fantasy)
  • Savage Worlds (supers, Hellfrost)
  • Basic Roleplaying System (Call of Cthulhu)
  • Storyteller System (Vampire: The Masquerade)
  • Cypher System (Numenera)
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