View Full Version : Medieval Fantasy Point Buy Systems?

2011-04-05, 09:42 PM
The title pretty much says it, I'm looking for a system that can handle medieval fantasy, somewhat rules light (some of my players took a couple of years to fully understand the d20 system so GURPS is out of the question). I'm not entirely intrested in the game per se, since my real intention is to try different systems until I find one for a setting of mine.

Either that or have enough experience to come up with a system of my own.

By the way, the "medieval" games I've already played are DnD, GURPS, Risus, and Exalted.


The Big Dice
2011-04-06, 03:47 AM
If your players already have a handle on D20 games, True20 might be the way to go. I like to say it's what you get if Mutants and Masterminds got mugged by GURPS.

2011-04-06, 04:42 AM
How about Strands of Fate (http://voidstar.squarespace.com/strands-of-fate/)? It's often likened to FATE 3.0 by way of GURPS (though nowhere near as crunchy).

The Rose Dragon
2011-04-06, 05:10 AM
If you do buy True20, I cannot help but suggest also getting a copy of Blue Rose. The setting is not medieval fantasy, per se (it is romantic fantasy, instead), and the mechanics have a few parts better handled in True20 proper, but the magic system for Blue Rose is far more interesting.

Other than that, there is always All Flesh Must Be Eaten combined with Dungeons and Zombies. Even if you don't have zombies in it, it is my second favorite system after Mutants & Masterminds, and can work without zombies just as well as with them.

Alternately, there are Weapons of the Gods (which has simple rules, but too many kung fu styles to look over, so it might not be your style) and Legend of the Five Rings. They are not exactly medieval, but they are worth checking out anyway.

2011-04-06, 07:35 AM
Chaosium's BRP system fits the mold. It's not terribly rules light, but it works and plays well.

Same system used for Cthulhu games, so they are, in theory, 100% compatible. Nothing helps good fantasy more than a little cosmic horror thrown into the mix.

2011-04-06, 08:15 AM
Its pretty easy to use Fudge for fantasy. The free .pdf doesn't have anything specific (other than all the options you need to lift stuff from), but the 10th anniversary edition has a complete fantasy game. Moreover, if you can find Blood Sweat and Steel then you have everything you need, with minimal rules weight (assuming you find the current version. 1.0 is crunchy).

2011-04-06, 04:13 PM
If you're looking for a system that is light on rules, easy to teach/learn, does medieval fantasy very well, and can be trivially adapted to any setting (we're talking somewhere between ten and zero minutes), I would suggest In a Wicked Age (http://www.lumpley.com/wicked.html).

1d4chan has a basic rundown of the rules (http://1d4chan.org/wiki/In_a_Wicked_Age), if you'd like to check them out.