Saturday, March 15, 2014

March Madness Obscure Game Blogging Challenge Part Four

March Madness Obscure Game Blogging Challenge Part Four

13. What horror RPG have you enjoyed most? Why?

I have little experience with horror games.  I should have played Call of Cthulhu for no other reason than I was in the hobby at the time it was introduced and I tended to buy up just about every new role-playing game I came across at the time.  I probably should have played Chill at some point for the same reasons but I never did. I did not even participate in the Vampire: the Masquerade craze that would happen years later. 

The one horror game that caught my eye during a visit to the game store was Nightlife. I do not remember a whole lot about it except that it was a game featuring monsters as player characters.  There were several types of monsters – werewolves, vampyres, wyghts, inuits, and more – and they were called kin if I recall correctly.  Some wanted to live in harmony with humans while others wanted to enslave or kill humans.  The game focused a lot more on combat and high action adventure instead of the social aspects of the World of Darkness games.  From the reading I have done it seems that a lot of people played WoD that way anyway.

I lost the game while I was in the Army.  One of my brother’s guests made off with some of my gaming materials that I had collected over the years.  I recently remembered this game and discovered that Noble Knight has some bundle deals available that give you the core book plus several supplements for like $50 total so it is a great deal. I plan on putting in an order soon…        

14. What historical or cultural RPG have you enjoyed most? Give details

I have no recollection of ever playing a historical or cultural RPG so I have no good answer for this one.

15. What pseudo or alternate history RPG have you enjoyed most? Why?

I also have no recollection of playing a pseudo or alternate history RPG so I can not give an answer to this question.

16. Which RPG besides D&D has the best magic system? Give details.

I really do not know how to answer this question.  I usually do not play the spell-casting type characters when I play a fantasy game.  That does not mean I never play a spell-caster but I tend to stick to the more martial type characters. I think I am going to refrain from answering this question.


  1. I think not only a substantial amount of the premise, but also many of the mechanical concepts in Nightlight were appropriated by White Wolf. I think it demonstrates being first to market with a product idea doesn't mean your will win the race.

    1. I've heard it said that Mark Rein*Hagen discovered Nightlife and basically declared, "We're doing this next and we're going to do it right!". I remember when Vampire:the Masquerade hit and it just exploded in popularity. It still kind of cracks me up that I have never owned any of these books just for the fact that I was in the hobby at the right time but just never got around to it.