Friday, September 28, 2012
Rolemaster public playtest
For all of its charts and baroque appearance, Rolemaster is still one of my favorite fantasy roleplaying games. It has plenty of crunch and customization options, lots of supplements and supporting material, and a pretty good published campaign setting. As long as players have done the math ahead of time, a lot of the mechanical parts of the game can fall into the background until they actually add something to the narrative. It's also compatible with the older Middle Earth Role Playing material ICE published, so you can easily play or adapt all kinds of Tolkien goodness with it.
Now Iron Crown is doing a public playtest of the new Rolemaster, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the game. All you need to do to join the playtest is join their forums and agree to their terms, which are pretty simple. Right now, you can download the playtest versions of Character Law and Spell Law. I imagine that much more will be coming quickly. In the meantime, I'll be trying to fit in reading these two between all my other projects.