Lets not forget Mouse Guard
RPG by Luke Crane of BW fame and David Petersen who created the comic book series. I haven't had a chance to play it yet, but it look like a lot of fun - especially if you have kids who are starting to take an interest in Dad's roleplaying games but are still a little too young to handle the more complex systems on the shelf.
Mouse Guard is really interesting. Based on a little bit simplificed version of the Burning Wheel RPG, it is a good beginners RPG with lots of explanations. Easy enough for a curious and dedicated 10-12 years old.
The big advantages: First, many examples on how to play and solve conflicts are explained with situations the players might know from the comic. And second, reading the book is really a joy because of the layout and artwork.
Unfortunately there is just one bug, the editors have forgotten to include a blank character sheet, or alternatively, the webadress where to download it. (IIRC you find it on the burning wheel site.)
Oh, I almost forgot about Artesia: Adventures in the Known World
. I think it came out in 2005.
Similar to Mouse Guard, Artesia is also based on a comic (but this maybe a little more suitable for adults). The RPG features also excellent graphics and layout but is definitly more complex and suits the experienced gamer. Advantages: A believable religious system with a complex mythology!!! And a interesting character advancement system based on the great arcana of the tarot (in short: EP are divided according to your actions along the arcana. Each arcana offers you specific areas to advance within).
Nothing really new, but in 2003 an english translation of the bestselling german RPG was published: "The dark eye"/"Das schwarze Auge"
. First published in 1983 the 4. Edition is now published. As far as I know there are no other english titles beside the basic rules, but if you are able to read german you have access to more than a dozen regional modules (similar to the HM kingdom module but 200+ pages each), 160 adventures, 100 novels and a very vivid community.
Michael - visit Tales of Chybisa.com
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