Hi everybody! My name is Eric Bailey and I have been playing RPGs for 27 years. I am the role-playing gamer in my circle of friends. If someone can't make a game we play without them. If I can't make the game the game stops, even if I am just a player and not the GM. Don't know why that is, I don't ask them to not play, they just don't.
I started with Basic D&D, the red box. Rapidly moved to AD&D and played that for a short while. We didn't really follow the rules all that well, but who did?
Finally was introduced to RuneQuest a few years later and that was it for the next 20 years or so. We played other games as well, notably Champions (we were all comic book fans) and ShadowRun. Many other games that I won't bother to list, it is a substantial number. Finally the group went their separate ways and the game fell apart.
When D&D 3.0 came out it was an excuse to get the guys back together and give it a try. I know many here don't care for it but it is a far cry better than D&D used to be. It took so much from RuneQuest and other BRP games that it's not funny. Anyway we have had fun playing that and the 3.5 edition up till now.
I have been wanting to get back to my RQ playing roots, but with no published material it is difficult to do. I don't have the time I used to. I was suckered in by MRQ like many others. I bought just the main book and companion and that was enough for me (two books too many actually). I have high hopes for BRP, but try not to get my expectations too high so I don't get too disappointed.
From this and your other post, it sounds as though you missed Elric!/Stormbringer 5. You can still get SB5, and you might want to take a look, as it is considered by many to be the best iteration of the BRP system to date. It, along with CoC, is the game many of us BRP players survived on during 3.0/3.5. It is an excellent game, with the best combat system I have ever played.
Of course, YMMV, but have a look anyway. I understand that the base system in the new BRP book is going to be close to SB5...before you add options to make it more like RQ, etc.
Welcome to the group. Welcome back from the darkness...
I'm Bo RosÚn and stared playing RPGs around 1979 or 80 with Melee, the combat game from Metagaming that evolved into The Fantasy Trip that evolved into GURPS. Soon after we discovered Basic D&D, Expert and AD&D which we played for a few years. My alter ego, Jarulf was one of my first AD&D characters. Eventually we discovered RQII and I remember my first character who had 18 in STR, INT and one more characteristic (without cheating!) who trounced a few trollkin in a cave on his first adventure. As we clamored for more action, our GM obliged and threw in a few more trolls, only they were cave trolls this time. And that was that.
I remember the feeling of liberation I felt and how much sense RQ made in comparison to AD&D.
I've played many of the BRP games at least once or twice but it's mostly been RQIII, both in Glorantha and various homebrews. I ran a short campaign in Drakar och Demoner, the Swedish translation of the fantasy bit from Worlds of Wonder but other than that I've mostly been a player.
The group eventually split and I haven't played face to face regularly for over 15 years or so, but I've played in many games via email and now on boards like this one. But no BRP for ages.
Hmmm... online I'm known as Halfbat (as I'm sure you can see) but am also known as "Tim" and "Dad" in real life. I'm currently producing RuneQuest OGL supplements for Sceaptune Games, but have been a whole range of jobs from printing through to secretary through to website-builder through to... it just goes on. I'm a fan of the BRP-derived rulesets (well, obviously, otherwise I wouldn't be here! :rolleyes.
Play? I have no idea when I first played RuneQuest. It was a saddle-stitched book, without any 2nd edition addenda and was probably around 1978. I'd been roleplaying for about 3-4 years(?) prior to that with both Traveller and the original D&D supplement to Chainmail (that is, with the "fight as 4men+1" approach). I stopped using D&D or C&S for Fantasy games from then onwards. I've played a lot of homebrew RQ since, perhaps mostly a version that could be called v2.5, and also a fair amount of CoC and even Ringworld (I was a Niven fan). The list of other things I've played is ludicrous and boring.
Claims to fame? Don't really know. I think I had the first box of Trollpak in the UK (according to Chaosium at the time, anyway) and wrote the White Dwarf review for it. I've been acknowledged as a playtester and contributor in the front of several wargames rules (wow!:eek. And people seem to like my GMing style at conventions, often coming back for more.
Ef plest master, this mighty fine grub!
116/420. High Priest.
Hi. Bob Applegate here. I've been gaming since the late 70's. Like Jarulf, my first roleplaying type game was Melee (and Wizard) from metagaming. Since then I've played most of the RPG standards including a lot of RQ3 at one time.
I'm currently GM'in a GURPS Traveller campaign ( http://traveller.bofthebb.com/ ). I also play in a Castles and Crusades campaign.
Looking forward to the new book.
I am know as The Tweaker in the rpg.net forums or Mofarme in the Yahoo! mailing list. I just turned 36 a couple of days ago and have been roleplaying (CoC, Traveller/Megatraveller, GURPS, EABA, etc.) for more years than I care to remember, so I am yet further proof than most of the current base of BRP fans is in this age bracket.
I am sure this will change soon, with the release of the new book.
Hi, I'm Phil Hibbs, and I've been roleplaying since 1981. Started on D&D, then moved on to RQ2 and Traveller, RQ and Glorantha are still my main fascination. Lately I've been playing a lot of L5R 2nd Edition though. My claim to publishing fame is a playtest credit in the Hero Wars rulebook. I'm a founder member of the GTA, and regularly attend the two main European conventions for Hero Wars, Cthulhu and Stormbringer (Tentacles in Germany, and Convulsion/Continuum in the UK).
My real life(tm) name is Clive Wickens, like most folks I started RPGing with D&D, got bought the old RQ2 boxed set in the early 80's and have stuck with RQ/BRP ever since. Have got pretty much all the Gloranthan stuff because I'm interested in mythology in a broader sense but gave up gaming in Glorantha in the mid 90's. As and when I play I use my own homebrew world [ which in all fairness has chunks of Glorantha ripped out and stuck in it ....: ) ]
looking forward to the release of the game.
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I'm looking forward to the new BRP book, and am really excited to have stumbled across this forum! I was introduced to gaming in elementary school, 1983-ish, and have been playing (or wishing I were playing) ever since. I started with Moldvay D&D, and then really got into Gamma World and Top Secret. Our little group didn't like the latter's complicated mechanics, so we did a lot of tinkering and trimming until we had a much simpler, faster system. We ran with this for a couple years, before most of my buddies stopped playing. When I later discovered Call of Cthulhu in high school, my first thought was, "Wow, this is awfully similar to our old Top Secret game!"
I've played a few Chaosium games over the years (and a bunch of others); Elric!/Stormbringer (+ Bronze Grimoire) is my favorite version of BRP, and beats every other system when it comes to gritty swords & sorcery action. S&S is my favorite genre, closely followed by sci-fi and espionage. It's been a few years since I've had the chance to run a BRP game but I think that's going to change soon...!