So, I am in a quandry. I am now getting more gaming than you could possibly poke a stick at but I need to play to the markets whims. That means that I am running a DnD 5E adventure and a Pathfinder Adventure Path (two actually but who is counting?). I was running a FATE adventure but I have a feeling that life got too much in the way of the players and that this will not be going ahead anymore. I have been playing a lot of Android Netrunner (card game pretty much based on William Gibson’s Neuromancer books) and I have desperately been wanting to run a serious cyberpunk game. And then there is my love for Lords of Gossamer and Shadow, a game that I actually think would do well in the store.
So to my quandry, what do I do? I have three role playing nights at the store and they are all well represented. I normally have about 10 in the DnD group and the Pathfinder group and the other GM has a solid 6. Role playing is in demand but what do I run? I think that the cyberpunk setting would do really well but I want it to be gritty and realistic to suit the setting. That immediately discounts Shadowrun as a system as it is nowhere near real enough and I literally can not stand Cyberpunk 2020 (or whatever that system is). So I look at Cypher and FATE and do not feel that it would give me the super realistic feel that I want for this game. Before any of you even mention it, I loathe GURPS too. Have found it way too clunky to create the characters I need. Is there another system out there that would do this? I am thinking of tailoring a sci-fi system like Era the Consortium to it but it is not built for that rigid an application to the ‘net’ and its effect on the world? If not do I create one? I suppose I would have the ability to do it justice having a Bachelor of Computing and the like but is this a good use of my time?
On the drive to the store this morning I was turning the leaves over of this very quandry when I thought to myself that I should just run Lords of Gossamer and Shadow. This town of Burnie that I have set up in is known for its trade disputes, bigotism, homophobia and hoons historically but it really seems to have turned a corner over the past 10 years. I have people coming in to this store keen to learn about what I have been living for the past thirty years and it is an exciting time for the hobby. But is Burnie ready for a Diceless game?
That plus the fact that although I have tried on several occasions to get the publisher to allow me to buy hard copies of the game for sale in my store there is always some miscommunication. I want to be able to sell this game as I really believe it is one of the best games on the market and I truly believe that it has a long way to go and a big part to play in the development of RPG’s in the future. Plus, this is the system that I have written a book for and I would love to sell my own book off of my role playing shelves. Certainly, playing this game would not feel like work but is it feasible to spend time in store with a game I do not stock?
Let me know what you think I should do in this situation. Especially let me know if you have some system ideas because I am at an impasse and would like your assistance! Keep rolling.