Not quite my usual review, but I thought it might be interesting to look at which things I have reviewed that I still use at least a year later; the ones with real staying power.
They turn out to be surprisingly few.
CONVENTIONAL GAMING STUFF
Savage Worlds Deluxe and Beasts & Barbarians are a winning combination, which is not going away anytime soon. I’ve abandoned the Test Drive rules in favour of some homebrew quick reference sheets, mind.
All Things Zombie is peerless at what it does best, namely solo skirmish games set during the zombie apocalypse.
Thirty years on, the Cry Havoc! maps have not, in my opinion, been bettered. Ever. Now, if only there were a science fiction version…
MEANWHILE, ON THE IPAD…
What I’ve learned by using the iPad for a year or so is that it’s not what I thought it would be. I find myself using it more often as time passes, and I’m happy with it overall as a toy, but it’s less helpful at the gaming table than I thought it would be. Hex Map Pro has endured as an arena for solo games, and iBooks allows me to carry pretty much my entire collection of games with me anywhere; but it turns out that I much prefer using hardcopy character sheets and rolling actual dice than their electronic counterparts.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
There are a couple of games I keep eyeing up and reading, but never quite getting around to running.
- Labyrinth Lord, because I’m jealous of the wonderful games my friend Tony runs with White Box OD&D; realistically though, would using similar rules make me as good a GM? I don’t think so. As my karate sensei used to tell me: “Invent your own style. If you copy my style, you will simply become a poor copy of me.”
- Pathfinder, because it’s so very pretty. Mind you, over 900 pages of core rules and bestiary… it’s not really me, is it? The Beginner’s Box with its 100-page GM guide and 68 page player’s handbook is much more my style, and it takes PCs up to 5th level; I might not run any higher-level PCs than that anyway, because by 5th level your party is composed of Gandalf, Conan, and Elric, and they’re fighting Dracula.
- Stars Without Number, because it’s just so damned good.
And of course one is still waiting for the Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion.