Greetings one and all!
Have a seat. Grab that tankard and ready yourself for a tale of the past and present. The sputtering flames of the new year face off with the frigid remains of the elder, giving me pause to think about the state of pen and paper RPGs.
This is not a rant, nor is it a harbinger of doom. This is a reflection.
With that being said, I shall begin among the embers of the somewhat distant past. Still shimmering in the mists of 2011 and 2012 are game systems that bear discussion, as they are award winners and industry trend waypoints.
In 2011, awards were given to RPG system core books such as Arcanis (Origins Award winner), The Dresden Files (ENnie Award winner), Fiasco (Diana Jones Award winner), DO: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple (Indie RPG Award winner), Dominant Species -and- Apocalypse World (Golden Geek RPG Award winner).
In 2012, award were given to the core book systems of Savage Worlds Deluxe -and- Marvel Heroes (ENnie), Burning Wheel Gold (Diana Jones nominee), and Dungeon World (both the Indie RPG -and- Golden Geek RPG awards).
Why bring these up?
Simple: They won because the industry watchdogs found that they were good. Sure, we all love the pulp stuff. We all love that old one (or two or three) favorites that are on the bookshelf. But these are what folks consider to be the quality stuff for our hobby.
On my next post, I'm going to summarize each of the game systems, reflect upon the opinions of various sites (RPG.net, Board Game Geek, etc.), and see where they stand in the dawn light of 2014.
-Black n Blue Knight