- I'm perfectly willing to run something new (this will be a PbP game - forum based - and thus not knowing the rules by heart won't be a big issue - I can take time to look up rules in the middle of a combat scene w/o the players getting frustrated.)
- I want something easy enough that players who have little experience with gaming in general can learn it quickly enough.
- I want something complex enough to handle skill-based characters, cybernetic characters, psionic characters and mutants (characters with physical mutations/powers.) Plus advanced weaponry (slug-throwers, but better than today's. Most scifi weapon would be an energy-blade sword.)
- I don't want d20 (unless HEAVILY modified) or games like it (IME, d20 really needs a map and miniatures to do it right, and I'm not looking for that.)
- Skill/point based over level based advancement.
- Preferably something I can download for free or really cheap (or *cough*illegally*cough*). My players won't be local, and I want them to be able to get the ruleset as well.
- I've looked at Tri-Stat, and it has potential, but I'd like to see what else is out there?