Monday, May 28, 2012

WaRPing Weird Adventures

I didn't rush to download any 5e playtest documents this last week, but I did download the WaRP system rules released by Atlas Games the week before under the OGL.WaRP stands for "Wanton Role-Playing," but what it is is the basic system used in Over the Edge. New OGL systems tend to pique my interest, so I thought it might be fun to try for a Weird Adventures game.

I got together the Sunday before last with most of the potential players for character creation. Despite the fairly "rules lite" nature of the system, it still took the players a bit of time to come up with concepts and traits. Being able to do just about anything can some times be as paralyzing as having too many skill or feat options to pour over.

Ultimately, a fairly interesting party began to take shape.  We've got a Yianese professor of arcane antiquities and amateur sleuth, a hoodoo woman, a former professional assassin, an international thief for hire, and an enigmatic woman who can change into a cat (or is that vice versa?). A disparate group, for sure, but hey--the City's a melting pot. It looks like it's going to be an interesting game.


The Angry Lurker said...

Interesting characters at the very least!

Jack Guignol said...

This is so much more interesting to me than 5e it isn't even funny.

perdustin said...

an enigmatic woman who can change into a cat (or is that vice versa?)

Reminds me of Isis from the Star Trek episode 'Assignment: Earth'.

Oh seems my geek is showing.

garrisonjames said...

The WaRP rules look good. Very adaptable. We're planning to take them for a spin soon as well. Looking forward to hearing more about this very diverse group that you're bringing into The City. Should be loads of fun!

Xyanthon said...

Sounds intriguing. I'll have to go check it out. Thanks for the heads up Trey!

Trey said...

@Lurker - Yeah, it will be interesting to see them interact.

@Jack - I have a bit of curiosity about the final result, but the last time I got interested in a new iteration of D&D (3e) I was disappointed, so I find it hard to generate much enthusiasm.

@Perdustin - We would have also accepted "Shakira from Warlord" as a reference. Let your geek flag fly, my friend.

@Garrisonjames - I hope so. We'll see if Ican balance two City games at the same time.

Jimmy Simpson said...

My first thought on seeing this was, "A new version of the ElfQuest game?"

WaRP is the standard logo for Wendi and Richard Pini, that they have been using since the late 70's or early 80's.

Trey said...

@Jimmy - I'm aware. :) Either these rpg guys didn't care,or weren't.

Cross Planes said...

I think WaRP Graphics was dissolved upon the Pini's divorce and the sale or licensing of ElfQuest to DC.

My old group played Over The Edge quite a bit and I thoroughly enjoyed the WaRP system there.

I honestly think The City is a far more interesting setting that Al Amarja.

Anathemata said...

Very cool. Please keep us posted. Also, I have been thinking about running a WaRPed Vornheim session. I think it would be perfect.

Trey said...

@Mark - Thanks!

@Anathemata - I'll be posting more as we get into the game.