Favourite SF RPG…
Sci-Fi RPG would have to be Star Wars : Edge Of The Empire, right?
I’ve played every iteration of published Star Wars RPGs from the original West End Games Edition through their 2nd edition into the d20 versions that WotC produced and now with FFG which I think is the best version of a Star Wars RPG.
Surely that makes it my favourite SF RPG?
Well yes it does but for different reasons to my previous post about D&D being my favourite Fantasy RPG.
I’ve not played that many different SF RPGs and the draw for me has always been the Star Wars setting.
If there had been a good Star Trek RPG with a set up that enabled things to happen beyond the standard Away Team approach I might have been more inclined to play one of those. Although to be fair, I never tried or looked at the Decipher Star Trek RPG.
I played a reasonable amount of Traveller in my youth and whilst I like the mechanics the home setting(s) never clicked for me.
I’ve never played enough of Shadowrun, Cyberpunk 2020 or Paranoia to really decide if they were for me but again the settings never really grabbed my attention. Interesting and fun but never really grabbed me… (sorry Al)
Rifts and Mechwarrior/Battletech worked for me from a setting perspective but mechanically they didn’t, especially Rifts… I have a real dislike for the Palladium system… although given there’s a Savage Worlds version of Rifts coming I might be tempted.
Judge Dredd RPG kinda fits the bill and I am a fan of the comics too but again it seemed to suffer mechanically in the GW and d20 editions, although never played the Traveller powered version.
So yeah, setting seems to be more important with my SF choice than my Fantasy choice. Probably due to Star Wars being such a large part of my growing up and geek life.