Which RPG Have You Played the Most in Your Life?

During the month of August, I’m participating in RPG a Day 2017. Each day I’ll answer a question, or my interpretation of a question, about tabletop roleplaying games. For those who have wanted your beloved UncleBear to get back into RPG blogging, this is the closest you’re going to get.

Which RPG Have You Played the Most in Your Life?

If you count an evolving edition as one thing, the answer will be Dungeons & Dragons 3.x / Pathfinder. I played it fairly consistently from when it was released in 2000 to when we moved in 2014. It wasn’t always the same group, the same campaign, or the same setting, but it was the same rules set.
After that will be 1st edition D&D, which occupied four years of high school and at least two years of college. D&D wasn’t just the 800 pound gorilla back then, it was one of the few games that wasn’t a D&D knockoff. I loved original Traveller, but couldn’t get a group interested in playing it. Champions was cool if oddly complicated, for no reason other than it was a superhero game, but again it was hard to find players. Everyone interested in roleplaying was only interested in D&D.

Coming in third, it’s probably a tie between Victory Games’ James Bond 007 and Mayfair Games’ DC Heroes. Those are both great systems, but to be honest, the reason I was in campaign for three or four years was because my roommate loved them and ran them. If I didn’t have an in-house game to play in, I probably would have been in a second edition D&D game because that’s what most of my other nerdy friends were playing at the time.

If my life had taken a different turn, I would probably have spent the past decade in either a long-running Savage Worlds or Mutants & Masterminds game, either of which would have suited me just fine. Both great systems. Something pulp- or super-heroic would have catered to my tastes. Alas, again, its a matter of where I am, who’s available, and what other people want to play.

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