Hello everyone, I just recently stumbled across BRP and may be interested in purchasing it. I downloaded the free quick-start pdf to give it a look over, and have read many of the posts here. (Great community btw!) My group has been looking for a new system for a good while now. We started back in 2nd Edition DnD, played most of the 3rd in all it's varies stages, also Alot of 2nd edition White Wolf stuff, Shadowrun, and of course our last system we ran into the ground for the four years Legends of the Five rings. Just to highlight the primary games we come from.
Anyway, we've kinda burnt ourselves out on a lot of settings our there. So we tried just winging it and making our own worlds, which turned out to be a refreshing step and brought back that good old feeling. Well after doing this for awhile we decided we needed a system that lends itself well to custom world building, custom characters etc etc. So after much research I ended up purchasing a bunch of Hero System 6th edition books. Very nice system, very detailed, too detailed... it was a bust. We spent days just trying to make characters. And now when they see that stack of books they make up excuses to do something else. Safe to say, while I like the concept of Hero, it was vastly too complex and crunchy for our taste.
So I began my search elsewhere. I decided to look into Savage Worlds and while it looks neat, I worry it's too simple and won't allow the customization we crave. As a result of comparing this system with that I ran across a post mentioning BRP. Now. I never played BRP. Ever. I have however played Cthulhu, and loved it too death. Still one of my favorite settings. I like the percentile system on the surface. But am hesitant to buy into another system just to be disappointed again.
So here are my questions!
1. How would you compare BRP to HERO and Savage World?
2. Does BRP lend itself well to world building and unique characters?
3. I noticed they just released a hardcover copy, honestly I prefer soft to hard cover. Is there a difference between the two? It looks as if the hardcover has more pages? 384 soft 400 hard?
4. Does Chaosium keep the books updated with each printing like that did with Cthulhu?
5. Longevity! We tend to stick with a system for more than a few years. So how is this system holding out? It looks like you have a great community here and that's a super plus!
Those are my primary concerns right now. Anything any of you can tell me would be seriously appreciated by I and my group, thank you!