I've noticed in many games RPG games that rulebooks tend to take on lives of their own. I enjoy playing many games in many different universes (GURPS, Star Wars: SAGA Edition, Pathfinder, etc). One thing I've noticed is that you can spend years collecting rulebooks and it can be exhausting trying to memorize the minutia rules in these various RPG universes! Some RPG universes have rulebooks that have gone out of print after 30,000-40,000 pages of rules! Sometimes though, even in well thought out games with 40,000 pages of rules, you can still find a loophole, a rule that can be exploited with cheat-code like precision while every other player screams in frustration.
What's a GM to do? Tell the players, "You can't use that rule/rulebook even though I can?" Sometimes it can be very refreshing to just get simple, to go back to basics and play something where not every possibility has been explored and defined by a rule. A place where players can play by common sense, fair play, logic, a bit of humor, friendship, and decency rather than needing a rulebook for every action.
E.P.I.C. is a 24-Hour RPG. In accordance with the contest rules set forth on 24hourrpg.com
, this RPG was designed and created in one 24-hour period! In the same 24-hour period, the character sheet also had to be designed and created. There's only so much you can write in 24 hours... which is why this core rule book is only 11 pages long... but it's long enough to cover the basics and give you a very good game.
It is a simple system meant to create a fun RPG game that can be expanded on both in scope and breadth, and in rules. Theoretically, with a little tweaking, it should be possible to play any in anyone's backyard... from magical to technological, time travel
to super spy, steampunk to dinosaur. But if the house rules become too numerous that the game becomes cumbersome, I
immediately suggest pairing back down to the vanilla game once again.
Have fun, and Enjoy Playing In Character
The new RPG is going to be released soon. Freebie offer is canceled; no one responded on dA so I got my test group elsewhere (their names are going to appear in the credits in the book too!)