I hear y'all on this, and Brian and I were talking about risus
. All the material is free, too, which matters. I don't want to expect people to spend a hundred dollars on D&D books to be able to play, or spend a lot of time learning PS.
What's the consensus on risus? I like it because it's free, it's less gear-dependent than any edition of D&D I've seen, and the system itself is very tongue-in-cheek, which seems to me to be a good fit for Gaeran RP. It means we can have serious plots and characters, but we don't have to take
them seriously if we don't want (hence the system technically allowing you to make things like William Shatner checks in addition to assassin or gadgeteer checks).
Seems fun and rules-light without being as bland as things like Window (which has sheets that, in my mind, nobody should ever bother reading, let alone building).
For examples on the kinds of cliches you can have levels/ranks in:
Computer Geek (Hacking, programming, fumbling over introductions)
Con Artist (Convincing other people to give you money, evading cops)
Martial Artist (Fancy hand-to-hand combat, out-of-synch speech)
Thief (Sneakin' around gaining access and objects they shouldn't have)
Vampire (Charming people, sucking blood, turning into mist or bats)
Other Kind of Vampire (Self-pity, erotic blood poetry, wearing black)
Also. From the rules:
"As stated above, the GM determines what sort of Clichés are appropriate for any given combat. An INAPPROPRIATE Cliché is anything that's left... In a physical fight, Hairdresser is inappropriate. In a Wizard's duel, Barbarian is inappropriate. Inappropriate Clichés may be used to make attacks, PROVIDED THE PLAYER ROLEPLAYS OR DESCRIBES IT IN A REALLY, REALLY, REALLY ENTERTAINING MANNER. Furthermore, the ``attack'' must be plausible within the context of the combat, and the genre and tone that the GM has set for the game."
Which is how we've always run things around here anyway.