indie rpgs – three games

April 6, 2007 at 11:57 am (gaming, nonfiction)

so prior to GenCon ’06 (my very FIRST GenCon!) the closest thing I had to an indie game was probably Unknown Armies by Greg Stolze and John Tynes and Over the Edge by Jonathon Tweet, both published by Atlas Games. now, on further consideration, these games both have a lot of qualities that make them really similar to a lot of the indie games i’ve been checking out lately. they’re certainly both a damn sight different from D&D or any of White Wolf’s offerings. still, technically i don’t suppose they qualify as “indie” but whatever, if i continue along this line of thought i’ll start getting all metaphysical about it, and that’s not the point right now.

anyway, having heard a lot of about some these games on the Have Games, Will Travel gaming podcast i decided i might consider picking up a couple at the con. and i did. i bought three:
The Mountain Witch by Timothy Kleinert
Polaris by Ben Lehman
and The Shab-al-Hiri Roach by Jason Morningstar

i should point out that i haven’t actually played any of these games yet, though it’s been nearly a year now since i purchased them. in fact, since that time i’ve acquired 7 other indie games (which i’ll talk more about in a later post) and haven’t played any of THOSE either. i feel moderately foolish about this, but they have all been such thought-provoking and fascinating reads that i really don’t mind, though i do hope to try out each and every one of them eventually.

anyway, i will talk a little bit about these first three, based on my readings.

[edit – this is more of a monster post than i realized. i think i’ll split my thoughts on the three games into three additional posts]

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