An A-to-Z List of Lesser-Known Roleplaying Games: Part 2

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Here’s the second part of the A-to-Z list of games:

  • Gangbusters: Another of TSR’s non-D&D game systems. Published in 1982, it’s an RPG set in Prohibition-era America.
  • HoL (Human Occupied Landfill): Not a family-friendly system. The players play characters who’re trapped in a penal colony located on the Confederation of World’s trash dump planet. While it’s playable (and can be a lot of fun if you’re in the right mood), HoL is also a satire of other RPGs and often pokes deliberate fun at them.
  • It Came From the Late, Late, Late Show: Another humorous RPG. In this one, players play actors acting in a Bad Movie. Not a B-rated one, a bad one. The group of Actors (players) and the Director (GM) work together to create movie. A great game to pull out if you’re missing the requisite number of players for your regular game session. My favorite part of the game is that the Director can give out experience to players acting Appropriately Stupid.
  • Jorune: Yes, I know, it’s official title is Skyrealms of Jorune, but I wanted to showcase a different game for “s” and it’s most commonly referred to as simply “Jorune”. If you ever want to game on a truly unique and alien world, try this game. It takes a while to really get into the swing of this game — the players have a lot of background information to learn — so plan on making a long-term campaign if you choose to play it.
  • Kult: Like World of Darkness, Kult is set in a darker version of our own world. It’s based real-life magickal occultism and draws heavily on Kabbalism and Gnosticism.

Tomorrow — Part 3: L – P

2 responses to “An A-to-Z List of Lesser-Known Roleplaying Games: Part 2

  1. Ah, now you’ve hit on games I *don’t* have (though I’ve longed for a second-hand copy of Jorune on many a night), though I’ve heard of 4/5.

    Keep ’em coming. You’re just making me want to patch holes in my collection (cuz if you don’t really plan on playing them, it’s called a collection).

  2. For “J” you could have picked Justifiers which was an anthropomorphic sci-fi rpg. It’s known less than Ironclaw but I remember it having quite a small following. There was to be a reprint/reissue of the game a few years ago but it never happened.

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