In celebration of Gaming Library‘s announcement that they’re willing to special order RPG books, I figure it would be a great time to start delving into good books for starting RPG gamers in the Philippines. Today we’ll be focusing on some Fantasy RPGs that have amazing production values and excellent mechanics. Admittedly this isn’t a complete listing, and there’s certainly lots of room for this particular genre, but that’s what I’m hoping the comments are for. If you’re an old hand to RPGs, and feel that you know of a game that I haven’t included, feel free to put them in the comments, the post is meant to be a reference after all.
That said, let’s get started with a few excellent Fantasy games for consideration:
Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition by Wizards of the Coast
In tribute to the people responsible for the hobby, D&D takes the top spot. Love it or hate it, Dungeons & Dragons has introduced a lot of us in the hobby and everyone has at least some some passing knowledge of the rules. The latest iteration has easy to learn rules and a whole bunch of neat support in the form of figures, adventures and a strong local community. The game comes in three core books, the Players Handbook, the Dungeon Master’s Guide and the Monster Manual. There are a bunch more of these three (PHB 2, DMG 2, MM2, etc), but you only need the first three to play.
Pathfinder by Paizo Publishing
Born from the Ashes of the 3rd iteration of the D&D rules, Pathfinder takes up the ball where Wizards of the Coast left it and made it their own. With interesting setting, continuous support and fantastic artwork, there’s little wonder that Pathfinder is the powerhouse that it is today. The Core Rulebook is massive, and in gorgeous full color. The local community of Pathfinder players are pretty helpful, and there’s a strong internet community in case you want to ask about something. Everything a player needs is here, but the GM will need to look for a different book or online sources for monsters.
Fantasy Craft by Crafty Games
On the other side of the equation is Crafty-Games’ Fantasy Craft. Born from the same D&D 3rd edition rules that birthed Pathfinder, Fantasy Craft takes the rules to the direction of a fantasy gaming toolkit. Definitely great for people who want to make up their own worlds to play in rather than work with someone else’s setting. Wuxia? Steampunk? Conan-esque Swords & Sorcery? Fantasy Craft does it all with style. The book edges out Pathfinder and D&D in the fact that it also provides all the necessary information in one book. GMing advice and Monsters are already here.
Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition by Alderac Entertainment
Fans of the CCG will need no introduction, but to those who are new to the setting Legend of the Five Rings is a fantasy adventure rpg set in the land of Rokugan, which is a pseudo-Japan setting mixed with other Asian elements. Fantastic artwork, an excellent back story and the best iteration of the rules to ever come out so far make this game a strong candidate for gamers who enjoy the idea of playing in a Japan-inspired fantasy Setting
The One Ring: Adventures Over the Edge of the Wild by Cubicle 7
Tolkien Fans need little motivation to check this game out. The One Ring is the first in a series of games that will be exploring Middle-Earth’s eras and locales. Set in the time just after the events of The Hobbit, this game puts the characters in a time of adventure and danger as you take on the roles of elves, men, dwarves and hobbits as they go on adventures and explore the world of Middle-Earth. The hardcover version of this game is especially tempting as it comes in a lovely slipcase cover and its own set of special dice and maps. Again the book is in full color and sports some truly breathtaking illustrations.
Dragon Age Set 1 & 2 from Green Ronin
Green Ronin picked up the license to do a tabletop RPG for Bioware’s Dragon Age, and they came out with a very impressive ruleset that carries the mood of the videogame and is full of old-school nostalgia. The harcover copies are especially good since they come with multiple books, a poster-sized map and all the dice, everything you need in one box!
That’s it for my initial batch, tomorrow we’ll look at another excellent series of RPG: The World of Darkness from White Wolf Studios
If you’re interested in picking up any of these in hardcover, you can order them directly from Gaming Library.
To place an order, please go to Gaming Library’s special order express page : http://www.gaminglib.com/pages/special-order-express-page
Take note that placing an order there doesn’t mean you’re committed, rather the Gaming Library team will be giving a quote and you can now choose whether to push through with the purchase or not.