Gold Rush Games has
published this new system under the OGL. It's very much like a streamlined
and revised version of Fuzion, and there are quite a few exciting
products coming out for it.
It's now become next to impossible to talk about RPGs wihtout mentioning
d20 somewhere. d20 and OGL games have pushed the system far, far
beyond D&D. Among the most radially changed and intriguing d20
variants are BESM
d20 (just what it sounds like) and Mutants
& Masterminds, an excellent d20 superhero RPG.
West End Games is known
for publishing the original Star Wars RPG, as well as Paranoia and
some other favorites. After going out of business, WEG has been
resurrected, putting out a refined version of its main house system
as the flagship product. There are three core rulebooks for different
genres -- Adventure, Fantasy, and Space, and a number of worldbooks
and other sourcebooks on the way.
- Appleseed d6:
An adaptation of Masamune Shirrow's Appleseed manga for the d6
The Freeform Universal Do-it-yourself Game Engine is a popular
and highly flexible free RPG system, created by
Steffan O'Sullivan and published in printed form by Grey
Ghost Press, Inc.
- FATE: FATE (Fantastic
Adventures in Tabletop Entertainment) is a highly customized version
of Fudge, and all around excellent.
- Fudge Factor:
A free online fanzine about Fudge.
A super-simple customized version of Fudge.
Mudge, or Mook's Fudge, is a custom version of Fudge, including
a considerable body of traits and supernormal powers.
Fudge Page: Home to many different Fudge articles, including
a full space opera game.
Fudge Page: Lots of nifty stuff, including FUDGE Cards.
Obviously, the fact that half of the Fuzion titles out there are
from RTG's AnimechaniX line, suggests that there's a possibility that
it can be used for anime roleplaying. Fuzion is basically a mix of
the Interlock system from Mekton Z and Cyberpunk 2020, and the Hero
system of Champions and numerous others. Anime titles include Armored
Trooper Votoms and Bubblegum Crisis. Want more good news? The basic
rules (and numerous fan supplements) are available for free on the
- Anime Manga Roleplaying
Network: A collection of online games, articles, and sourcebooks
for Fuzion-based anime roleplaying.
Fuzion: Quite simply, one of the best Fuzion sites around.
Period. It currently includes five detailed general-purpose sourcebooks.
Submarine No. 6 RPG Project: A project to create a Fuzion-based
adaptation of Blue Submarine No. 6.
- Lodoss War RPG:
This is an adaptation of Record of the Lodoss War. Excellent.
TranzFuzion: Netbooks culled from all over the place,
as well as numerous links and plug-ins.
Steve Jackson Games' flagship
system; if you've done anything with it, you know full well that
GURPS is probably the most flexible system ever devised. You can
run just about any kind of campaign imaginable (and then some).
The only real trick here is pulling together the sourcebooks you
need; an anime campaign could easily need a dozen various general
purpose sourcebooks, such as: Fantasy, Magic, Psionics, Beastiary,
Ultra-Tech, Supers, Horror, Martial Arts, Aliens, Cyberpunk, and
others, depending on the campaign. The only sourcebook for GURPS
that specifically deals with anime thusfar is Mecha, which does
a fairly good job of discussing anime-style roleplaying, and does
a VERY good job of exploring the different possibilities of mecha,
from your conventional military mecha to superhero machines to magical
equivalents of both.
Anime: This page features GURPS adaptations of a number
of anime characters, including ones from UY, TM!, and A-ko, as
well as a few from some Western animated series.
GURPS Items: Includes articles on anime/manga roleplaying
and an adaptation of Pokemon.
The basis of Champions and several other titles from Hero games,
the Hero system is back for a Fifth Edition. The system is crunchy
but incredibly flexible, to the point where the core rulebook will
let you build just about anything.
Stuff: Amongst other things, this site includes numerous
write-ups of anime characters and world books for 3x3 Eyes, Silent
Mobius, and Dragonball Z.
Despite a poorly structured system and a tendency
to be overly protective of their trademarks, Palladium's
post-apocalyptic fantasy/horror/sci-fi setting has a little bit
of everything, and with a little creativity, it can be made to include
nearly anything imaginable.
The Anything RPG
A simple and elegant universal RPG, aimed at extremely rules-light
comedy roleplaying. In short, it's ideal for certain kinds of anime.
Pinnacle is best known for
their DeadLands line, combining the wild west with pulp action horror.
Savage Worlds is Pinnacle's refined and simplified house system,
always carrying the motto of "Fast! Furious! Fun!" There's
a core rulebook and several different supplements, each one a complete
campaign for either roleplaying or wargaming.
Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game
Although VERY hard to find, the SF:STG has considerable
net support, even after White Wolf dropped it from their line. It's
a fairly simple and fun game, although it suffers from certain flaws
(which can be fixed by the many house rules to be found on the net).
Tri-Stat dX is a generic version of GoO's Tri-Stat system, culling
elements from BESM and Silver Age of Sentinels. The core book can
be downloaded as a PDF for free or purchased in print for $10.
White Wolf/Storyteller System
White Wolf Game Studio
is best known for the World of Darness series, the new version of
which starts August 2004. It doesn't lend itself all that well to
anime without some fiddling, but the old Year of the Lotus books
-- which introduced the supernaturals of Asia -- show a whole lot
of anime influence.
Exalted, on the other hand, is just about at the opposite extreme.
It's geared towards over-the-top cinematic action, and characters
can swing around giant swords, leap high into the air, and throw
blasts of power while their animas blaze away.
- B.J. Zanzibar's
World of Darkness Page: This page is a rather large collection
of material for the various parts of the World of Darkness. It
includes material for each of the five "core" games,
as well as a "World of Darkness Potpourri" section which
has general information, as well as new character types and other
Lethality Homepage: This page features all kinds of stuff,
including info on Robotech in the Storyteller system.
The Merchandising: An over-the-top WoD parody of numerous
magical girl anime series, and the World of Darkness in general.
Anime RPG Links
Anime RPG Guide
Video Game RPGs
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