RPGs with text versions – finding them.

A project I have been meaning to do for ages is extract all games that are digital for searchability reasons. Can then do lots of fun NLP things with them of course.

This is a terrible job because of the planet’s love for that presentation format, the PDF. So some things are scans, some are a hack combo, some are a 4th generation format transfer. So lots of those will not work very well, so will have to do some sort of classification.

For example, the 1st edition AD&D DMG extracted fine first past but the Player’s Handbook did not. That sort of problem, then the OCR problem and others.

So an interest place to start going back the other way will be games that have actual text versions whether html [eg epub and websites], mobipocket, text files because of their age like FUDGE and others.

Some that spring to mind – Sine Nomine – Stars Without Number et al., Eclipse Phase, Dungeon World.

There are also on the web SRDs of various games so that would also be interesting.

On the NLP front you could end up with a multi-game version of ‘what is the general advice for a GM doing X’ answer capability.

Superhero 2044 – Stars Without Number Heroic

Stars Without Number Revised also has options for Heroic Characters … as does the First Edition with Mandata Archive Stellar Heroes. Possibly combine the advantages there.

So those would be good to tweak if going the route of joining these two games.

There are a couple of d20 Superhero games like Deeds Not Words and Guardians, too.

Superhero 2044 – Formalhautians Without Number

Superhero 2044 – A Retrospective

See links at the bottom of the above for more Superhero 2044 info (including one I wrote a while ago). and also :-

Thoul’s Paradise Interview With Donald Saxman
Super Rules for Superhero 2044 – Thoul’s Paradise
Rules Enhancements for Superhero 2044 – Donald Saxman
Suprised by Superhero 2044 – Christian Lindke

Superhero 2044 Second Edition Revised
Superhero 2044 Second Edition Revised – Update
Superhero 2044 Revised Combat System
Superhero 2044 Revised Bloomberg Map
My Superhero 2044 Campaign

See the very interesting posts above about considerations on a new version. As opposed to bizarre failed kickstarters, etc.

In Secret Santicore 2015 I did a request for Super Powers in D&D Type Fantasy :-
See page 36 on wards.

Robert Kurcina above is updating Superhero 2044.

In Superhero 2044 there are three types of characters in the rules :-

Characters in Superhero 2044 – Thoul’s Paradise

Ubermensch – Batman
Toolmasters – Iron Man
Uniques – The Flash

The thought I had this morning is that you can map those onto the three basic types in Kevin Crawford’s Stars Without Number.

Stars Without Number Revised Edition Character Creation


These would map :-

Ubermensch – Warrior
Toolmaster – Expert
Psychic – Unique

Faction rules etc could then map into the patrolling system for Superhero 2044.

The Hazard IPSP ISIS Map has 1800 hexes of Australia and Oceania and Inguria as a good starting point, too.

Hazard Review by Thoul’s Paradise

Amazingly, by accident I discovered someone had digitised, this, too,. Won’t have to chop up one of my copies, now!

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