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Which games have you run as DM/GM/Keeper/Director/etc

D&D and derived fantasy games (any edition of D&D, Pathfinder, d20 Conan, and any d20 fantasy game)
25
19%
White Wolf (Vampire, Werewolf, Hunter, etc.)
8
6%
Cthulhu Mythos games (Call of Cthulhu, Trail of Cthulhu, etc.)
12
9%
Modern Supernatural/Urban Fantasy/Horror (D20 Modern, various Unisystem games, Dark*Matter, etc.)
13
10%
Wild West and Weird West games (e.g., Deadlands)
6
4%
Sci-Fi and Space Opera games (any iteration of Star Wars, Star Trek, Traveller, The Expanse)
20
15%
Cyberpunk games (Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, etc.)
9
7%
Superhero games (Mutants & Masterminds, etc.)
14
10%
Other Fantasy games (non d20-based, non-modern; e.g., AGE, Stormbringer, Conan)
14
10%
Other games (mixed-genre and genres that did not fit in the poll)
14
10%
 
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Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by agathokles » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:21 am

Following a suggestion from Havard, I'm starting a poll asking more specifically which games you have run rather than played -- this is to measure the interest in specific genres and types of games, as having merely played a game means you know about it, but not necessarily have a keen interest in it (e.g., I've tried Vampire, but it's not my cup of tea).

For now, I'm starting with a single poll, with very wide categories -- you can list specific games in the reply.

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by agathokles » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:25 am

Myself, I've run:
  • D&D (BECMI, AD&D 2e, DragonFist, some test runs of 4e and pre-release 5e): two long-running BECMI D&D (set in Karameikos and Norwold), plus a long AD&D 2e campaign (set in Karameikos), and a shorter Dragonfist one (using the original setting, Tianguo);
  • Call of Cthulhu (only the classic era): many campaigns, including Masks of Nyarlathotep, Horror on the Orient Express, Shadows of Yog-Sothoth, and a conversion of Trail of Cthulhu's Eternal Lies;
  • WitchCraft RPG, Conspiracy X (including conversions of Dark*Matter and Night's Black Agents materials): the NBA's Dracula Dossier campaign, plus two homebrew campaigns, one of which adapted several Dark*Matter modules;
  • Star Wars (Saga Edition): one run of Dawn of Defiance;
  • Mutants & Masterminds: one run and a half of the Emerald City Knights campaign;
  • Shadowrun: a couple of modules;
  • Dragon Age: a few adventures, generally I use it when only a few players show up in a large party.

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by Havard » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:53 am

Great thread! :)

Here's what I have run:
  • D&D (BECMI, 2nd Ed, 3E, 4E, 5E). Mostly using Mystara and Blackmoor as settings.
  • ElfQuest (The BRP derived RPG). One of my early attempts at GMing. I found it challenging and looking back I'm not sure how good I think this campaign was, but we did play quite a few sessions before the campaign died.
  • d20 Modern (short lived monster hunter campaign)
  • TWERPS (I think this was just a one shot in a modern type setting).
  • TORG (Short lived).
  • Star Wars D6. I think I ran two or three campaigns.
  • Shatterzone. A fairly long lasting campaign in a sector of space that was largely developed by me and my players.
  • Dragonlance SAGA (Both in Dragonlance and in the Mystara/Red Steel Setting)
  • GURPS: One campaign set in a "supers"/"Cyberpunk-ish world of my own design. And also a Mystara campaign.
  • MasterBook: Mystara campaign that was a continuation of the GURPS Mystara campaign.

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by Coronoides » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:53 pm

Games I’ve referee’d in approximate chronological order
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Cyberpunk 2014
MERPS
T&T 5.5
Fighting Fantasy (were tiger cover)
Cyberpunk 2020
Space 1889 GDW
GURPS 3e
Ringworld
Blue Planet 1e
FATE 2e (FUDGE)
Advanced Fighting Fantasy
D&D red box basic set.
Gulliver’s Trading Company
Fantasy Craft
Space 1889 (homebrew Ubiquity conversion before the official one)
Diaspora FATE
Fantasy Craft
D&D 5e
Puppetland
Dr Who vortex
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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by timemrick » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:10 pm

Here's what I've run, using the poll's categories:

D&D and derived: Basic, Expert, 1E, 2E, 3.0, 3.5, 5E (I didn't like 4E enough to ever try running it, I just ran 3.5 for 10 years instead); Pathfinder 1E; and (very briefly) True20/Blue Rose.

Cthulhu Mythos: a couple short campaigns using GURPS 3E.

Modern Supernatural/Urban Fantasy/Horror: D20 Modern (briefly), Unisystem (Buffy/Angel, briefly).

Sci-Fi: (briefly) Star Frontiers.

Other Fantasy games: GURPS 3E, BESM 2E & 3E (nominally an anime game, but I've used it for fantasy), Fantasy AGE (briefly), Tunnels & Trolls (briefly).

Other games: I checked this to account for the handful of LARPs I've helped run and/or write (the latter were both very mixed genres).
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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by RobJN » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:55 pm

I've DM'd:
  • D&D: Classic, 1e, 2e, 3e, 5e
  • Modern Supernatural: Dark•Matter (Resident Evil homebrew)
  • Sci Fi/Space Opera: Alternity
  • Other: Top Secret/S.I., BESM
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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by Kythkyn » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:57 pm

Ooh, I got to hit every option! :D
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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by agathokles » Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:37 am

Kythkyn wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:57 pm
Ooh, I got to hit every option! :D
Cool! That makes you a very versatile gamemaster indeed.

Care to share which games you have run in each category?

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by Khedrac » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:38 am

D&D: BECM, AD&D1, AD&D 2, 3.5
Traveller: 1st
Gamma World: 2nd
RuneQuest: AH/GW/3rd
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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by FaerieGodfather » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:04 am

Straight down the line.

Dungeons & Dragons: AD&D 1st and 2nd, Rules Cyclopedia, D&D 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder, D&D 5th.

White Wolf: Werewolf: the Apocalypse and I've run some mixed-splat games; I feel no particular need to ever do so again. Outside of the World of Darkness, I've run multiple successful long-term Street Fighter: the Storytelling Game campaigns, and SFRPG is still one of my favorite games of all time.

Call of Cthulhu: Have done on several occasions. Again, not something I feel the need to do again, though I might be interested in the system adapted to a genre I find more compelling.

Modern Urban Fantasy: Lots and lots of Dresden Files. d20 Modern - Urban Arcana.

Westerns: Deadlands, Sidewinder. Sixguns & Sesheyans using the Alternity rules. Werewolf the Wyld West.

Space Opera: Every WotC Star Wars game. Star*Drive in the d20 Future and Alternity rules. Buck Rogers XXVc. Spacemaster: Privateers.

Cyberpunk Games: Shadowrun 3rd and 4th.

Superhero Games: TSR's Marvel SAGA, EN World's Four Color to Fantasy for D&D and d20 Modern, but Marvel Heroic Roleplaying is the only game that actually feels like comic books to me.

Other Fantasy" Rolemaster (RMFRP and 2e/Classic) and its gentler offspring, High Adventure Roleplaying and Middle Earth Roleplaying. HARP was my fantasy game of choice between getting out of 3.X and getting back into AD&D. Palladium Fantasy Roleplaying. Barbarians of Lemuria.

Other Games: Other genres: post-apocalyptic: Gamma World 2nd and 4th, the Alternity version, the d20 version (never again). Deadlands: Hell On Earth. The unpublished AfterWorlds setting for HARP Sci-Fi. Omega World. Darwin's World. d20 Apocalypse with multiple variants. Barbarians of the Aftermath with its glorious "build your own apocalypse" rules.

Mixed Genre Games: This is where I live.

My preferred form of D&D is genre-interstitial, taking Spelljammer and more heavily empasizing its science fiction and weird fiction facets and adding in more non-European fantasy influences.

Well, either that or Hyborian Mushroom Kingdom. Or both. I've tried to run this in HARP, Street Fighter, Shadowrun 4e, Cortex Plus, and Pathfinder.

Using different Palladium subsystems for the perfect game of TMNT.

Street Fighter and Shadowrun are actually interstitial out of the box.

And the biggest game I have always failed is my White Whale, the Planescape/Star*Drive crossover, which I am just about finally ready to let go of.

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by agathokles » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:34 pm

Regarding BRP, the system powering Call of Cthulhu, it is used in Stormbringer, Nephilim, and other games in different genres.

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by Havard » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:57 pm

FaerieGodfather wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:04 am

Call of Cthulhu: Have done on several occasions. Again, not something I feel the need to do again, though I might be interested in the system adapted to a genre I find more compelling.
agathokles wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:34 pm
Regarding BRP, the system powering Call of Cthulhu, it is used in Stormbringer, Nephilim, and other games in different genres.
Here's a list of BRP based settings. :)

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by Kythkyn » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:26 am

agathokles wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:37 am
Cool! That makes you a very versatile gamemaster indeed.

Care to share which games you have run in each category?

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D&D and derived fantasy games (any edition of D&D, Pathfinder, d20 Conan, and any d20 fantasy game) : B/X, AD&D 2e, 3e, 4e, 5e, Pathfinder, Wheel of Time, Relics and Rituals: Olympus, Arcana Unearthed

White Wolf (Vampire, Werewolf, Hunter, etc.) : VtM, DAV, KotE, KotEK, WtO, CtD, WtA, WtWW, MtR, DtF, MtA, WoD: Mafia

Cthulhu Mythos games (Call of Cthulhu, Trail of Cthulhu, etc.) : Call of Cthulhu 6e, Call of Cthulhu d20

Modern Supernatural/Urban Fantasy/Horror (D20 Modern, various Unisystem games, Dark*Matter, etc.) : d20 Modern, Modern AGE, Fear Itself, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Witchcraft

Wild West and Weird West games (e.g., Deadlands) : Deadlands, d20 Modern: Past

Sci-Fi and Space Opera games (any iteration of Star Wars, Star Trek, Traveller, The Expanse) : Star Wars (WEG 1e, d20 Revised, EotE/AoR/RaD), Star Trek (LUG, Decipher, Modiphius), Serenity, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Stars Without Number, d20 Modern: Future

Cyberpunk games (Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, etc.) : Shadowrun 4e, Shadowrun Anarchy, d20 Modern: Cyberscape

Superhero games (Mutants & Masterminds, etc.) : Mutants and Masterminds (2e, 3e), Heroes Unlimited, MURPG

Other Fantasy games (non d20-based, non-modern; e.g., AGE, Stormbringer, Conan) : Fantasy AGE, Dragon AGE, d6 Fantasy, Dungeon World, Conan 2d20, L5R 2e, El-Hazard, Fushigi Yuugi, Iron Kingdoms

Other games (mixed-genre and genres that did not fit in the poll) : Savage Worlds, BESM, FATE, Hollow Earth Expedition, Engel, TMNT&OS
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Post by agathokles » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:06 pm

Wow! Impressive.

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by Cthulhudrew » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:17 pm

D&D (1E, 2E, BECMI)
Call of Cthulhu (5E)
Marvel Superheroes (Faserip- both Basic and Advanced)
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Gamma World (3E)

I think that's it, though I may be missing something in there.
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Post by Tom Bulls Eye » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:50 pm

Only ever D&D (BECMI with a few 1E, 2E on top)

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by agathokles » Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:33 pm

Some considerations after this first round of responses:
  • I assume all the respondents have DMed at least one version of D&D or related games.
  • Most have also run campaigns in the Sci-Fi and Space Opera genres. Looking at the responses from the dedicated poll, I suspect this is due to the fact that TSR and WotC have had a relatively large number of games in this genre (Alternity/Star*Drive, Star Wars d20 and Saga, Star Frontiers, D20 Future).
  • Wild/Weird West has fewer responses, probably because it is a tighter grouping with respect to the relatively wider options such as Sci-Fi or Modern Supernatural.
  • Also, few people have run White Wolf games, which is what I suspected in the other thread -- many people have played these games, but probably on a less regular basis and with less investment than D&D and the like.
  • Most other options get more or less 1/2 of the responses w.r.t. D&D, proving that the community includes knowledge about many systems. The exception is Cyberpunk, which gets only 1/3.

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Re: Poll: which games have you run (as DM/GM)?

Post by Tim Baker » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:54 am

I've run the following, which I did my best to classify under the categories provided:
  • D&D and derived fantasy games: 13th Age, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells, Castles & Crusades, Palladium Fantasy, Basic (Black Box) D&D, 4th Edition D&D, 5th Edition D&D
  • Wild West and Weird West games: A cybernetic Old West game in a setting my friend and I created using Heroes Unlimited rules
  • Sci-Fi and Space Opera games: Robotech, Mechwarrior
  • Cyberpunk games: An attempt to run a Bubblegum Crisis game using GURPS Cyberpunk
  • Superhero games: Heroes Unlimited, Marvel Super Heroes, GURPS Supers
  • Other Fantasy games: GURPS Fantasy
  • Other games: RIFTS, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness

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