- If you don't mind, what game system do you prefer between GURPS and DND 3.5/Pathfinder for online play and why?
I'm asking because I am in the process of creating my own adult game world to run roleplay games in, and I'm not sure which of these systems I should use/adapt for the basic rules. Here are my thoughts on both systems as far as online play goes:DND 3.5/Pathfinder
has a wealth of extra material that can easily be used, including erotic classes, feats, spells, rules etc. The fact that it is a class based game also mean I can create my own classes that fit with my setting. But this system is one of high heroic fantasy. Hit Points can get very high so it can slow down combats (I have had combats in real life last anywhere from ten minutes to multiple hours) and I'm not sure that would be ideal in an online roleplay. It would kind of suck having to spend one month rolling die to kill a dragon just so you can free the princess. Or maybe not, but rules do seem to get in the way of the game more often for an online game. Also, this is a less realistic system, with everyone and everything taking dozens of good sword hits to down. It could get in the way of the drama or not, depending. Also, it is a system heavily dependent on armor for defense, so playing an unarmored character can be close to suicidal.GURPS
Is a classless system, so I would have a harder time fitting my archetypes in here without creating a bunch of templates. But it gives the player more freedom in creating the character he wants to play. The combat system is more realistic in that hit points are more limited and do not raise each level so fights would take less time to run. This is a system that also allow you to target people in any part of their body, so it is perfectly taken into account that you could for example, hit someone in the groin etc. It is also a system based on dodges, parries and blocks, so you could in theory be wearing only some sexy clothes and still be useful. The downside is I think that less people are familiar with this system.
Personally I think I would go with GURPS
. I'm not too happy about losing all the adult material already in DND because it would mean more work for me at first, but it may give me a chance to be more creative in setting up my own material. I really love Pathfinder, and I love that D20 is basically open source so I could point people to the system references online. But I am afraid that we'll end up with level 6 guys with 150 hit points and we'll get slowed down by fights. I want combat to be occasional and speedy. Not something that last too long.
So how about you everyone? Any fan of either of these systems? Feel free to comment on your experience in running them online. I can't wait to show you guys my setting, I just need to get this sorted out first.