He's trying real hard to be one of the good guys.
Not to threadjack, but yeah, I feel your pain. I SO MUCH wish the Troika guys had written and published more information about their awesome and fascinating world. It has this weird, inimitable quality to it that no pen/paper RPG has seemed to capture before or since.I feel a lot of games strive for the Arcanum feeling without really achieving it.
-- What are the rules like?Ken Walton said:Definitely neutral -- in fact we encourage players to be from different factions and bicker about it while trying to prevent the excesses of either (all!) sides.
-- Why Runequest?Ken Walton said:We're using Mongoose Publishing's RuneQuest II system (and you'll need the Core Rulebook to play). But we've added:
- A multitude of detailed Social Classes, Professions and Factions, tailored to the background
- a new Attribute, Righteousness Points, which track how strongly you believe in your chosen Faction (religious/political beliefs). Fail a Righteous Will Test, and you can find yourself getting up and ranting at the most inopportune moments. (Hint -- if you've got a friend who's a Puritan, don't take him to the theatre...)
- a whole new magic system of "Scientific Alchemy"
- Clockwork device design and construction
- Black Powder Weapons
Ken Walton said:It was *nearly* a standalone game -- but when we were offered the licence, we felt we were more likely to get noticed as a new and unknown game company with RQII behind us. It's not just going to be a one-off worldbook, we have a whole pile of supplements in the works, starting with an adventure campaign the month after the core book is released in July.
There's plenty of decent Victorian games out there (so I'm glad this C&C game is set in a different century), so that's not the inimitable quality of Arcanum.Not to threadjack, but yeah, I feel your pain. I SO MUCH wish the Troika guys had written and published more information about their awesome and fascinating world. It has this weird, inimitable quality to it that no pen/paper RPG has seemed to capture before or since.