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Preferred RPG Poll

I thought I would post up a poll about two specific types of rpg. Since folks commented that the poll was too generic, I have revised it with two specific RPGs in mind. I hope folks will take this poll, and offer any thoughts or comments as appropriate.

Poll #1390382 Preferred RPG Poll

Which of these two RPGs do you prefer?

Unhallowed Metropolis RPG
a|state RPG
I don't prefer either of them
I dislike both of them


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Apr. 26th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I've never read either I have no preference. My decision would be based on talking to the GM. He or she would tell me about both, I'd ask about the system, I'd ask about the genre, I'd ask about the campaign frame...and decide which one sounded most interesting at the time.
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm, while I see your point, these days with the age of the Internet around us, it's just a matter of going to Google and checking out the two games in question. Usually, the websites of the companies producing rpgs gives a good indication of what the games are about. Then, if the players are still interested, the GM would likely talk to them about the game(s) in question.
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Apr. 26th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
I think you missed our points. :)

It's not enough to know which rulebook we're using. Is the a|state game about families, territory, exploration? What are the influences for the specific game? Firefly, The Godfather, or Mad Men? Etc.
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Well, the two company websites give a good indication about what the games are about. But I see your point. :)
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Apr. 27th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
On the first poll, I didn't see a difference between the two options. They sound like different ways of saying the same thing - you could have used "steampunk horror" or "Cthulhu-esque" and I'd've had the same impression.

This time, well... I've never heard of either of them. Are they really THAT different from each other?
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Personally, yes, I think so.

a|state doesn't have the true horror elements that Unhallowed Metropolis does, but both games deal with the human aspect of the characters, the former being more about Hope, and the latter being more about how soon one will fall into Corruption. To me, that makes for a very essential difference.

The other primary difference between the two, is that a|state is very much gothic in feel as well as being very much science fiction and is based on a Dickensian feel and flavour (even with some of the cyberpunk elements), whereas UnMet is very much a horror rpg with zombies and other types of dead beings, but with a Frankenstein flavour to a future version of London.

Different tastes, and all that. :)
Apr. 27th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the quick description of themes and feel of each. Having read that, I'd have to say that while I'd still be leery of playing either (due to my low tolerance for angst, which both of these games sound prone to), if I had to choose between them I'd strongly lean towards a|state.

I would note, by the by, that I had to look up "Dickensian" to note the difference between that and gothic. I'll confess to being not as well-read as some gamers (I've eschewed the classics, for the most part - and that includes LotR), but I always assumed that the two were strongly conflated.
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Apr. 27th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
If you were my GM, and I trusted you, I'd go with whichever one you wanted to run most. And I'd want to know how *you* would run the games.

For example, many people think of Call of Cthulhu as being about a game where everyone goes mad right away, everybody dies...blah, blah, blah. I was fortunate to take part in a game that ran over 25 years, with a player base of over 20 players...with few people dying or going mad. And I felt that the game was very much a Cthulhu game...and all of us players were continuously creeped out in real life. It was great. A Delta Green inspired game would be yet another thing altogether.

As a player, my relationship is a human relationship with my GM and my fellow players. That is central. You want to GM a|slate? Then I'll do that. Unhallowed Metropolis? I'll do that. And in return, I'd expect you to play in the GURPS French Resistance game that I'd run when you were finished with your campaign. And if a 3rd GM in our circle really wanted to run D&D4e, then I'd do that too.
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Apr. 27th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Yet another wandered from roleplayers here.

AFAIK, these are two reasonably obscure games (though I have glanced at a|State). Maybe you should have had a fifth option: "I don't know enough about these to have an opinion."

May I ask your reasoning behind this poll?
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
The reasoning behind the poll was that I wanted to see what folks thought of the two genres, which are somewhat similar in respects, and as you said, they are both obscure games that I wanted to see what folks knew about them. Looking at the sheer number of votes for UnMet so far, I guess more people know about that game than a|state.
Apr. 27th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I've heard of a|slate...I remember a positive review of it somewhere...but I'd never heard of UnMet.
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm with trooper6; I've not read either, although I'd tend towards a|state for no other reason than its under the Collective Endeavour umbrella.
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Though to be fair, I've never played either but I know the guy who wrote UnMet
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yep, Jason Soles is in Seattle.

Heck, it seems like all the good indie rpgs these days are coming out of Seattle. What's with that? :)
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