5e is fine. It’s fine.
But… It’s also a little boring and not dangerous (I will be taking no questions at this time).
I have been playing with and investigating other RPGs to bolt onto this West Marches game. RPGs that add to context, not detract from it. There is a heap of games out there but this little list is the games I am thinking of running and how I will make it work in this campaign.
1. Dungeon Crawl Classics
I have actually just run the first session with this system and it worked pretty well. But, first. Why this system?
Because of the Level 0 Funnels.
I fucking love these things. Player’s create 4 Level 0 characters, which can be done in seconds using this. You march the pitchfork-wielding peasants into almost certain death and turn the survivors into adventurers. A mob of 20 to 30 commoners armed with basic weapons going up against the horrors of the unknown. It’s great.
It’s also really well supposed and there is a tonne of adventures for it. There’s a really good quick start that you can get for free which makes it super easy to get players on board.
DCC is also goofy, fun, and almost always has connections to extremely wild and out-there themes and ideas. For example, The Portal Under the Star adventure, which comes with the core rule book, has an orb in it that allows the players to communicate with an intergalactic space goat who gives them a quest.
It’s batshit and it’s awesome.
2. Kids on Bikes
The book suggests who can pick any decade and when I played we set our game in the 90s (cause we were all kids in the 90s). However, I think this could work excellently as in the Northern Reaches as an adventure in the town.
3. MÖRK BORG
Other Posts In This Series
- A West Marches Experiment
- The ‘World’ – Prepping a world you know nothing about
- The Map, and maps in general – On Handouts & Accuracy
- Organisation – The filing system
- Adventure Preparation – My method for this and other possibilities
- The Chronicle – On player engagement
- Character Creation – Earned Options
- Overland travel – to adventure or not
- Northern Reaches 08 – Changing the Game