[Mythras] Lyonesse

#8
Works for me, but YMMV
BRP is an old favourite, but I prefer it stripped back to be fairly light and what I've seen of Mythras seems to go the other way. Not too hard for me to tweak, I'm sure, but usually that means I'm buying pages of rules I don't need. Not a deal killer in this case.
 
#12
Not my perfect choice of system, but making it a standalone game scores them bonus points in my book. Interested to see how this turns out.
I'm in two minds about it, I kind of like core rulebooks with separate setting books. It'd be nice to see some settings coming out for Mythras that don't tweak the core rules, so the setting books are just setting books and you actually have a reason to get out the core rules. That's why I haven't bought the main Mythras book yet (although I have several copies of the Essentials), because I still have two RQ6 books on the shelf.

I say I'm in two minds, because a lot of the Mythras-powered settings are quite unique, like Lyonesse, so they really do need their own rules. Hey, nobody said it's easy to satisfy the punters!
 

Guvnor

Administrator
Staff member
#13
It's an excellent design and marketing decision.
Lyonesse deserves a nuanced interpretation of Mythras to suit the nuanced setting. Non martial outcomes are more appropriate for Vance's works.
Plus a standalone game, like the GURPS Disc world standalone game, will appeal more to non RPG fans who 'could' buy the game in droves.
 

Loz

Lay member
#14
I'm in two minds about it, I kind of like core rulebooks with separate setting books.
But... but... weren't you badgering us for ages about making Luther Arkwright a standalone game? :)

It'd be nice to see some settings coming out for Mythras that don't tweak the core rules, so the setting books are just setting books and you actually have a reason to get out the core rules. That's why I haven't bought the main Mythras book yet (although I have several copies of the Essentials), because I still have two RQ6 books on the shelf.
Some tweaking is going to be inevitable, because each setting has something unique to recommend it, and usually needs something to make it distinct. What we try to do is keep tweaks to a minimum, because we feel that the core rules are strong enough to do most jobs.

I say I'm in two minds, because a lot of the Mythras-powered settings are quite unique, like Lyonesse, so they really do need their own rules. Hey, nobody said it's easy to satisfy the punters!
We could have easily focused on a Lyonesse setting book without too much difficulty, but we decided to make Lyonesse it's own thing for a variety of reasons. The first is the simply the amount of tweaking that needs to be done to convey a Vancian flavour; Lyonesse warrants this. The second is a general trend back towards standalone games built around a set of core precepts, as with Chaosium's old stable of games, and even new games such as Numenara and The Strange. This doesn't mean that all our titles will get the full game treatment; but where it's necessary, we'll look a going that route.
 
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