Tabletop RPG: New Anime supplement for M&M
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Posted 8/3/09
Those of you who play live tabletop RPGs will possibly be interested to know that Green Ronin has released an anime supplement for their supers game Mutants & Masterminds.

It's called Mecha & Manga. So you can now play M&M for M&M while eating M&Ms and listening to Eminem.

The books is a sort of medium book covering the mecha and action subgenres for the most part, although there is also stuff for comedy games in there as well. It includes a whole bunch of new Archetypes (D&D has classes, M&M has archetypes. Archetypes are much less restricting, and people have come up with dozens of them in both Green Ronin and third-party products.).

I'm curious what some of you might think of this sort of thing. There are other dedicated anime games both in and out of print (Big Eyes, Small Mouth from the late lamented Guardians of Order immediately springs to mind) and I'm curious what people think of this one.
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I don't know I could never get into anything Green Ronin released, always seemed a little too over the top for me. Lately I have been too busy with work and other things to do any kind of table top gaming regardless. Big Eyes Small Mouth is actually a fairly solid system though.
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Posted 8/5/09 , edited 8/5/09
Green Ronin has produced some good work. the M&M system is one of the most popular supers games (along with Champions for the Hero System). They also have a less-spectacle-oriented like called True20, with the "romantic fantasy" game Blue Rose as the centerpiece of the line.

The problem with BESM these days is that with the death of Guardians of Order the BESM core isn't getting support in terms of new product. The d20 version is still getting third-party suppost as a sort of niche line, though, which is something.

I'm wondering what the new "gateway product" will be, given that anime fans and roleplayers tend to cross-pollinate to a degree in my experience.
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The problem with BESM these days is that with the death of Guardians of Order the BESM core isn't getting support in terms of new product. The d20 version is still getting third-party suppost as a sort of niche line, though, which is something.

I'm wondering what the new "gateway product" will be, given that anime fans and roleplayers tend to cross-pollinate to a degree in my experience.


Well that is true to a certain level, though I don't think it applies too much these days. As far as new systems go though the only thing I have seen recently that feels worth a look is Hackmaster Basic. It actually has quite a bit in common with the pre 4th ed days of D&D. It would be nice to see people become more original though and move away from rehashing things. Seems like it has been some time since someone created a legitimate new system. Well at least one that wasn't based on a MMORPG anyway...
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You might be interested in a couple of games then.

OVA bis an anime game that uses a unique statless character creation system. I own it, but haven't run it, so I can't tell you much about how it works in practice, but it looks cool.

Although it isn't an anime game specifically, the FATE engine seems eminently suitable for certain genres. the FATE-based Pulp game Spirits of the Century was nominated for an origins award last year.

And of course I myself was the lead designer on the HeartQuest shoujo game, but that was seven years ago....
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I will have to check those out to be sure. I have to say it would be interesting to see how a statless game would play out. Seven years isn't that long ago though, I imagine it was an interesting project to be involved with. I know most smaller or independant developers are pretty open to things and try to make it fun. On the other hand I had a friend who worked for Wizards for a brief time and they make you feel like you are working at a steel mill in stalingrad
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