Jordan Posted April 17, 2014 Share Posted April 17, 2014 The Fantasy genre has always been pretty close to my heart. It's how I was introduced to role playing games and so I always feel a special connection to the genre. Like many people, I got introduced to vai D&D at a pretty young age, and also like many people I have weathered multiple edition changes and "deaths." ,, When 3.5 was cancelled, it kind of felt like the gaming community started taking crazy pills. People freaked out. yet it was something that I think kind of helped the community. D20 with it's OGL had a virtual stranglehold on the gaming market; at least that is how it felt and with it's passing it seemed that more room was made for the little guy. Oh sure, the passing of 3.5 saw the birth of Pathfinder (which has become enormous) and both the birth and flaming death of 4th edition, but it also saw the birth of numerous smaller, more "independent' games seeking to carve their own little slice out of the Fantasy genre pie. ,, For me, I sadly don't have a fantasy game to play in. The current discovery I am obsessed with is a game called Arcanis. If you have spent any time in the Chat then I am sure you have witness a few of my little blurbs about it. What makes Arcanis cool (IMHO) you ask? Well Arcanis started as a 3rd party product for D20/3.5 It was an entire world that took many of the fantasy concepts and tweaked them just enough to be different from the standard and feel Unique. For example, the Gods of Arcanis had no Alignments, instead the churches did. Every god has both positive and negative aspects. That alone was one of the cooler aspects of the game. it allowed for a GM to have evil priests doing evil things in the name of their religion yet not have to explain when they weren't struck down by a bolt of holy lightning. Elves that were created by the creepy serpent empire and god-like elemental beings to be a slave race. Dwarves that were one celestial giants who were cursed by the gods of humanity to small of stature. And the lands themselves. Every country is based loosely (some loser than others) on a real world historical culture. Ancient Romans, Holy Roman Empire and so on yet still given a rich background that wove these places and people together to make a coherent world that (again IMHO) just works. ,, When 3.5 was cancelled, the creators of Arcanis decided that instead of just rolling the game world over to Pathfinder, they would develop their own system. While i haven't had a chance to actually play the system, I do like what I've read. Insead of a D20 it uses 2D10 base to give a smoother bell curve. Character creation is set in stages. Characters no longer have classes, instead they are build by putting various pieces together at each stage of creation to form a complete whole. S just because you choose the Arcane Archetype for you character character, that doesn't preclude you from having been part of some country's army and taking a military background, complete with some sort of weapon and armor training. Most of the things you'd consider "class abilities" have been moved into Talents (basically feats). Another cool thing is that you can learn both weapon maneuvers, and tombat maneuvers. These are cool things characters can do in combat that share similar conceptual space with spells, and appear to be the Game's method of keeping the non spellcasters relevant in combat as everyone level's up. ,, Yes there are still "levels." The game categorizes characters into 1 of 4 or 5 tiers of 10 ranks each. Every 1,000 xp the characters gain a rank at get to choose 1 option from the advancement tables. these options range from attribute boosts to new Talents or skils, to better defenses to gain a Path (think paragon path here). what you actually get is pretty much up to the player with some guidelines/limitations of course. Truthfully the game can go well past tier 4 if the group wants it to. ,, Wow, okay that was a longer spiel then I expected! So I am curious; What games do you turn to to get your fantasy gaming fix on? What little gems (or horrors) have you discovered in your internet travels that you can share with us? ,, ,, Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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