Getting ready to dive back into Tyranny.
Been reading RPG core rulebooks. These, except for SW, are the top science fiction selection of RPG.net: Mindjammer, Starblazer Adventures, Burning Empires, Fading Suns, Traveller, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, and Jovian Chronicles. Fishing for the right system, married to a good setting. For one reason or another, came full circle - meaning, back to the Fading Suns.
Short version for the decisions:
Mindjammer - Good system, too transhuman and abstract a setting for the kind of audience I could gather for the games. I was impressed but not captivated.
Starblazer Adventures - same (good) system, decent pulpy space opera setting. However, the game is a massive, exceptionally well done toolkit, and I am looking for something with a more focused vision.
Traveller - Interesting rules that are well made, but too complex for both me and my friends. Same 'toolkit' approach.
Burning Empires - Unplayable. Requires extremely dedicated players and tremendous preparation/study time. I thought Burning Wheel was borderline unplayable but Empires is worse by an entire order of magnitude. Great art. Good premise (however, the entirety of the BE setting fits into the Humans-Symbiots conflict that is just one part of the Fading Suns and can be played out there much easier)
Jovian Chronicles - Good, anime-mecha setting, but the system is overwhelmingly tailored for combat and essentially miniatures wargaming, (huge vehicle rules) rather than role-play.
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - I didn't give this game as thorough an overview, the demand to buy custom dice and a general approach to Star Wars as a compromise (because I have people who could be enthused, rather than something I want to play) drove me away.
Fading Suns brings together: familiarity of fantasy (for players), novelties of sci-fi but not 'hard' sci-fi (for me), plausibility for just about anything in terms of scenarios (formerly disintegrated empire connected by jump gates no one fully understands allows for any random planet I can think of + multiple canon antagonists allow for just about any conflict), and exceptional supplements.
Edited by Drowsy Emperor, 08 April 2018 - 01:52 PM.