|Teaser artwork for Leagues Of Cthulhu|
Two years ago I wrote an article with the same headline, sharing my excitement for +Zak Smith's A Red and Pleasant Land, +c.r. brandon's Terrors & Treasures (for Heroes & Other Worlds), and a number of supplements for The One Ring.
How things have changed in just two years.
The only roleplaying books I'm looking forward to, at present, and am even considering spending cash on are the (currently unscheduled) Kickstarters for Triple Ace Games' Leagues Of Cthulhu (which, as I understand it, will be blending Lovecraft's mythology with their own Leagues of Adventure Victorian/steampunk setting, using the Ubiquity system) and, of course, Monkey House Games' fundraiser for the third edition of Villains & Vigilantes, subtitled Mighty Protectors (in homage to the creators' home campaign).
I'm looking at the old RPGs I've got and thinking about how much use I actually get out of them, how much gaming we actually do, and I really think it's time to focus on a single system. And I think - I hope - that system is going to be Villains & Vigilantes.
There's a certain beautiful symmetry in this possibility. While V&V wasn't the first game I played, it was certainly the one that gelled most strongly with my other geeky interests (i.e. superhero comic books) and the one I played most at the height of my gaming years (thanks to Steve, Pete and Nick).
However, as much as I loved playing the game, creating characters for it etc, I always had issues with parts of the system as written. And as time passed, and the world of game design became broader and more transparent - thanks to the Internet - I began to appreciate that these flaws that I saw in V&V were surmountable (even if not, except in the most primitive ways, by me).
Maybe I'm just projecting, but what little I've seen of the new iteration of V&V gives me hope that some of my concerns have been addressed and maybe, just maybe, this is finally the game I've been looking for.
My 50th is looming and I have no intention of "putting away childish things", but I think it's time to be laser-focussed, something I've talked about for years, embrace that 'forever system' and just get on with playing the game, rather than always fussing about looking for something better or something that scratches a different itch.
I'm hoping that game will be Villains & Vigilantes: Mighty Protectors.