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Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:25 pm
by shesheyan
Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play? 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 game is not in the list please feel free to mention it below. I did not put generic systems like GURPS, D20 Modern or Savage worlds in the list on purpose.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:30 pm
by shesheyan
In this category I'm only played League of Adventure which is a spin-off of Hollow Earth Expedition.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:52 pm
by snorri
Pendragon as a player, and a few Bushido as a GM. Outstide the list, Flashing Blades had a great influence on me.

My most extensive historical Rpg was... Vampire. I masterised during several years a campaign in the late 18th century and French revolution.

I also took part to the writing of a famous historical Rpg in France, Miles Christi (where you play Templars struggling between their knight and monk duties).

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:34 pm
by Havard
MasterBook - 1930s Homebrew (GMed)
MasterBook 1660s Homebrew (player)
Castle Falkenstein
Space 1889
MasterBook - Homebrew Pirate Setting (player)
DreamPark - Alternate 1950s Capitalist Russia with Psionics (player)
Pendragon
Vampire Dark Ages

-Havard

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:01 pm
by Khedrac
Bushido and Pendragon for me
I think Call of Cthulhu could count for this as well - a lot of the game comes fromt he period.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:10 pm
by agathokles
None, unless you count Cthulhu Invictus and Cthulhu Dark Ages.

GP

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:17 pm
by GMWestermeyer
I played Pendragon a couple times. But primarily I played Space:1889 and GURPS. I also played a lot of the World of Darkness historical settings (lots of time travel in my Changeling game). I played Twilight:2000 once or twice as well.

Eventually I settled on GURPS for my historical play, I still run a World War II PBEM espionage game and a Space:1889/Ravenloft: Masque of the Red Death mash-up using GURPS.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:04 pm
by timemrick
I've played Gangbusters and Spirit of the Century once each.

This is definitely a category where I've played a lot more historical (or pseudo-historical) LARPs than I have tabletop RPGs. The closest I've come to a historical/period campaign is my Greek myth BESM game, but that's epic fantasy with just enough history mixed it to ground it in the setting.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:52 pm
by Big Mac
About the only historical stuff I've had an interest in is the Historical References range of 2nd Edition AD&D books.

I wasn't interested in them, back in the day, but have been looking at raiding ideas for fantasy societies in more recent times.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:40 am
by Tim Baker
I've only played in a couple games set in an alternate historical Earth:
  • Ancient Greece (using 13th Age rules)
  • Ancient Rome (using D&D 5e)

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:30 pm
by Coronoides
Have not played any on the poll.

Played and on shelf :
AD&D 2e Celts
The Green Isles (D&D 5e based on Britain 1300 and fairy tales some articles in RPG Review)*
Maelstrom
Gulliver's Trading Company (1730's) http://rpgreview.net/node/40*
GURPS Timetravel (various periods from several minutes post big bang to 2051)
Space 1889
Call of Cthulhu
Dr Who (4th Doctor 1970's and Cretaceous)

*Full disclosure: I am the author.

Several more on shelf I'll get to one day!

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:32 pm
by Coronoides
Wasn't Twilight 2000 a future history when it was published?

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:36 pm
by Havard
I just remembered that I also played in a Runequest campaign set in ancient rome. Since we used the Avalon hill runequest game including the races from Glorantha, I played a Duck. :P

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:19 pm
by Khedrac
Havard wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:36 pm
I just remembered that I also played in a Runequest campaign set in ancient rome. Since we used the Avalon hill runequest game including the races from Glorantha, I played a Duck. :P
But is that then "Historical" or "Fantasy Earth"? Back at school we played in Fantasy Earth Runequest (Games Workshop binding) but I don't really count that as historical...

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:00 pm
by Havard
Khedrac wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:19 pm
Havard wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:36 pm
I just remembered that I also played in a Runequest campaign set in ancient rome. Since we used the Avalon hill runequest game including the races from Glorantha, I played a Duck. :P
But is that then "Historical" or "Fantasy Earth"? Back at school we played in Fantasy Earth Runequest (Games Workshop binding) but I don't really count that as historical...
I think that depends on your definition or in this case maybe the definition used by Shesheyan when he started the thread. He did include Victoriana which also includes magic, fantasy races and steam tech so I think that case is very similar to RQ's Fantasy Earth. Pendragon is also on the list and hardly historical in the strict sense.

I don't think I have ever played in a historical game that didn't include some form of supernatural element, fantastic technology or other modification.

I will comment more on this in your thread about categories. :)

-Havard

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:18 am
by Angel Tarragon
I played a lot of Twilight 2000 in the 90s and early 2000s...which was easy to learn after playing plenty of classic Traveller.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:34 am
by Coronoides
Yep Twilight 2000 is a near-future setting published in 1984 not a historical setting. ;)
If you include Twilight 2000 you should also include the original Cyberpunk box set in 2013.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:05 am
by snorri
Among diceless games I played, there was also some set in historical periods :
- 30's Chicago, mixing polical, espionnage and detective themes. Then the PC's moved to Cuba and hired a young law student as a clerk - his name was Fidel Castro.
- 50's Groenland, with Danish officials struggling against an hidden Nazi criminal.
- Late 60's France, with PC playing left-wing rural ethnologists in a village.

Re: Which Historical / period adventure RPG did you play?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:31 pm
by Angel Tarragon
Coronoides wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:34 am
Yep Twilight 2000 is a near-future setting published in 1984 not a historical setting. ;)

If you include Twilight 2000 you should also include the original Cyberpunk box set in 2013.
Twilight 2000 is included in the poll. Never got the chance to play Cyberpunk, but I've always wanted to give it a whirl.