Some friends of ours are looking to start playing a new game. Not sure what we want to do, so I went to my local gaming store and poked around for a while looking at various games. These are the ones that I think are the most interesting.

Deadlands

From their website:

The year is now 1879, but the history is not our own. Pinnacle’s flagship product is Deadlands, a horrific journey into the “Weird West.” Mysterious beings called the Reckoners have given life to monsters and magic, causing history to divert from July 4th, 1863 forward. The South has won its independence, California has shattered into a labyrinth of flooded sea-canyons, and a mysterious super-fuel called “ghost rock” has spawned as much war and strife as it has “steampunk” devices.

Players are steely-eyed gunfighters, card-slinging sorcerers called hucksters, mysterious shamans, savage braves, mad scientists, and more who battle against evil and attempt to prevent the “Reckoning”.

I have never played this system before. The game looks simple enough. Looks unique too. It would be a new system and genre for me. Worth looking into.

Dresden Files

The world is getting weirder. Darker every single day. Things are spinning around faster and faster, and threatening to go completely awry. Falcons and falconers. The center cannot hold.

But in my corner of the country, I’m trying to nail things down. … I don’t want to live in a world where the strong rule and the weak cower. I’d rather make a place where things are a little quieter. Where trolls stay the hell under their bridges, and where elves don’t come swooping out to snatch children from their cradles. Where vampires respect the limits, and where the faeries mind their p’s and q’s.

My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call. I’m in the book.

— Harry Dresden in Jim Butcher‘s Storm Front

My wife has read all the books. I haven’t read any of them. I like that this game is based on the Fudge/Fate game system. And that intrigues me greatly.

Call of Cthulhu

It is Cthulhu. ‘Nuff said.

Shadow Run

The year is 2072. Magic has returned and creatures of myth and legend walk among us as megacorps bleed the world dry. You’re a shadowrunner—a deniable asset, a corporate pawn—using bleeding-edge science and magic to make your meat body and mind better-than-flesh. Stay on the edge, and you may survive another run on the mean sprawl streets.

I remember playing this game in my highschool years. It had the “matrix” before the movie; truly a “cyber-punk” feel from way back. This system is complex and fully realized. Here is a download to their Quick-Start Rules.

What do you think we should pick up and start playing?

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