August 25th, 2008


Related Universal Systems Comparison

As folks on this community may already be aware (see my recent posts), I am in process of reviewing and evaluating a large number of different systems for possible usage in an upcoming online-based renaissance legendary fantasy game (IE one with characters keyed to function rather like mythic heroes of yore rather than regular joes). As I have engaged in this, I've gotten many and varied suggestions from folks both here and in person.

My first round of reviewing these systems has led me to cursorily glance over a lot of different games in a short time (I'll be posting some more reviews in the next few days), and has gotten my curiosity going on a few topics. And yes, the systems that I've skimmed will get a more thorough going-over before I post actual reviews.

A lot of the systems I'm encountering seem quite similar in a number of ways with regards to their core mechanics, which is quite likely unsurprising but interesting. Note that the similarities I am noticing here are based on a quick look rather than in-depth comparisons at this point.

Of course, HERO and RTG's Interlock system got together and had a baby that is known as Fuzion, which is itself also a universal system that has seen use in a number of different games ranging from Bubblegum Crisis to Artesia. Fuzion doesn't seem to ever get mentioned on this list, which is probably an indication of what this community thinks of it (assuming folks are actually aware of its existence).

Fuzion, in turn, looks to be pretty similar to the Unisystem (which I recently reviewed) and readily compatible with (of all things) BESM, at least according to one article I read.

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So, from the universal/generic systems I listed above, what would you say the comparative strengths and weaknesses of each would be? If you're only familiar with a partial list, then by all means just say what you think the strengths and weaknesses of the ones you know a bit about happen to be. I'm still interested in that.
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