Well, I don't have a problem with system games, but in this case, I don't have the players guide, and I'm not likely to get it as I'm just a poor, very poor, extremely poor... ok, I can't afford dirt poor blind boy.
The last RPG book that I looked at with real interest was the Stargate RPG, and that book was priced at $100... I hate to think what RPG's cost these days.
$25 for the PDF, $50 for the PDF + a physical book. $13 if you hate art and just want the stripped-down .epub/.mobi (for Kindle or Nook, but PCs can read either with a plethora of free programs) version. If you're interested in the future, I'd recommend it. FATE can sometimes a feel same-y (Everything Is An Aspect has a lot to do with that) but DFRPG injects quite a bit of its own crunch; it's still lighter than, say, World of Darkness or D&D, but it's got enough going on to satisfy the design junkies (me) and still be narrativist enough that almost any story you want to tell will be well-represented and effective. It is not my favorite game, but it's up there, and it's hard to have a BAD time with it.
In general, the .PDF/POD revolution means RPGs are going to be cheaper and cheaper, especially from indie developers. You can pick up whole bundles of indie RPGs for like $5 now, or kickstart a major production for under $30 and get a .pdf when it's done.hall:
So (quick mock-up, not an actual character) something like this?Eric TryggvasnConcept:
Trollbred salesmanCore Ideas:
Indomitable As Winter, Artist in Knives and Bones, Red-Headed Stepchild, Autumn's Knight, Sad All The TimeBackground:
Eric was raised in a group family with three mothers and two fathers, all of whom were survivors of the dungeons of [local steel mill owner and Troll Sidhe] and banded together for emotional support, all of whom are missing pieces - physical and metaphysical both. Something something Last War of Autumn something something troll comes recruiting something something coming to terms something something White Council something something other players.Physical Description:
Big guy, dyed-black hair, lots of weird tattoos, always carrying a suitcase full of elegant ivory knives. At least, they look like ivory.Personality:
A diehard nihilist with zero fucks to give, seemingly immune to fear and humor in equal measure. Tries to sell you knives sometimes. Talks wistfully about a childhood that wasn't even vaguely how he remembers it. Not exactly good company and honestly when he gets going about the past you're not unlikely to note in a quiet little corner of your mind that if someone ever needs to die in a dramatic cinematic firefight of some kind, it should probably be this guy.Et Cetera: