Game Books Do Not Have Expiry Dates
Among the many different games my gaming group play there is one that stands out in particular. My players like the system, love the genre and have well developed characters. Now here’s the kicker; the game we are playing is…no longer in print!
We are playing the Serenity RPG. Serenity the RPG is based on the movie and TV show Firefly. While those sources are gone they are far from forgotten (I am a big Firefly geek myself). The game had four releases I believe, including the GM screen before they stopped publishing books for it. Regardless of that and brutal oversights in the main book, the game is mad fun.
I have played in 3 different campaigns and they all brought out awesome characters and great moments. But nothing is new and shiny, yet we enjoy it anyway.
If you are a long time rpg’er like me you probably have at least one old game sitting on the shelf. I have several, and many of them bring back fond memories. Mage: The Ascension, for example, might be my favourite rpg ever. My two buddies and I played the shizz out of that game, and several of the books we had for it. Later on my friend Ryan started a Mage game and although we hadn’t known each other very long at that point he saw my love for the game and invited me to join. A great campaign came to an end with one of our players leaving town and since we had reached a good stopping point we decided to call it finished. Great memories, great games, maybe it’s time to pull it off the shelf. I have started playing with a new group, and I would love to share my enjoyment of the game with them.
Yea, Mage: The Ascension, second edition, it’s still fresh to those who have never played it before. I can’t even begin to count the hours and hours between my two previous groups I have spent playing it, never the less, I haven’t told every story there is to tell.
One of the things I’ve seen as a gamer is that newer is not necessarily better. If you don’t believe me take a look at Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition (in my opinion). Also, just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s good. A friend of mine recently bought the Gary Gygax memorial reprint of AD&D, and keeps suggesting we should play it. I have a hard time not cringing each time it gets brought up.
So next time you are thinking of running a game maybe go grab that copy of the TMNT rpg from a box in your garage and give it a whirl. Have your game group make some characters, then decided if you wanna continue on.
If you’re a newer gamer I might suggest tracking down some of these older, out of print games if you can and take a good look at them. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised.