I have been in search of the perfect game since I started playing RPG’s. Maybe upwards of the last 15 years I have been chasing narrative games systems and running away from crunchy systems. Recently, I ran Worlds of Peril, a PbtA game.
Worlds of Peril is a super hero game system, that’s frickin’ brilliant in how it handles powers. Love it, but here’s the thing it is just too squishy for my players, and myself too if I’m honest. I am also running Blade in the Dark another brilliant game system that is squishy too. That said, one of my player’s loves it, and a power gamer no less. PbtA system of the GM’s applying damage to players when they miss, is… tough.
Crunchy games like Champions (shudder) and D&D are way to rule heavy for me. Whereas Blades and Worlds of Peril are too squishy. Is there a medium crunch narrative game out there? I don’t know. Maybe, the Genesys system or Cortex Prime. I am just reading cortex prime rules now and they seem to have potential. The Genesys system, seem to as well, but I have yet to understand it enough to give it a try.
Suggestion or thoughts?