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Challenger RPG a Free Roleplaying Game
[978-0-9868840-0-9]
$19.99 $0.00
Publisher: Superior Games Books
by Thomas P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/30/2012 08:37:57
Not too bad of a system. It's kind of like old D&D but way simplified yet way complicated at the same time. I feel like the whole thing is more of a guide, template, or base to tailor to your own needs as opposed to a complete game. That being said, I used the system, with my own heavy adjustments, and had a great time.
I felt like the classes, skills, and race/species were a little too broad/open-ended so I tightened them up to less than 10 races & classes each with an equal number of available powers, and I came up with specific skills for my players to choose from. The original version I read was very clunky, almost hard to get through, this revision is a lot better.
In the old version, I had a hard time fully understanding the armor system, so I scrapped it and used my own, in which players had to roll a 1d6+x where x was some armor value on the equipment. The new, revised version made much more sense of it, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but it doesn't seem bad at all.
Now, my gripe, and why I only gave it 3/5: My group & I had a great time with this system, but I wound up spending so much time on having to tailor the system so that I felt it was balanced & consistent that I didn't get in as much time as I would have wanted on fleshing out the adventure. It was a homebrew setting & adventure, and having to mod Challenger so much I almost felt like I was creating a homebrew system as well.
Either way, the author obviously put a fair amount of time & effort into this, and for the price (free) it's definitely worth checking out. I liked it enough that I came back to check out the revision, and plan on using it again. A great tool for gamers looking for something loose, open-ended and fun. My thanks to the author.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Dear. Mr. Thomas P.,

Thanks so much for the kind words and the great review. I really appreciate your taking the time to read and test out my game! It's too bad you had to put so much time into modifying the rules, but it sounds like you ended up with a great game. The past few months I was thinking if I were to 'do things over' I would include less of everything: classes, races, skills, etc. I was really intrigued by your mention of cutting things down to 'ten classes, races, and powers' and picking your own list of skills for you players. Would you mind terribly much e-mailing me your list of modifications to the game? I'm always looking to improve, and if you're willing to share your ideas, I'd love to hear them!

When I originally designed Challenger it was meant to let you play any character you wanted to. This resulted in a huge amount of classes/races/skills. In retrospect, it's hard to balance a game with so many options. It ends up feeling like point-buy rather than class based and I've always felt that point-buy systems were terribly unbalanced. It would be really cool to hear what classes/races/skills you decided were 'core' to the game. A very long time ago there were only 5 'base classes' to choose from being "Wizard, Healer, Warrior, Archer, and Skills Master". Everything after that was just an addition to the game which eventually was included in the book.

Ha ha, I know of other people who scrapped the armor system too. That was one of the main reasons I revised the book (and the clutter). Weapon damage was also a major request.

If you're willing to spend the time, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Challenger. My e-mail is challenger_rpg(at)hotmail.com. You can also find my contact information on my website. If you don't feel like using e-mail, I always read all comments on the website as well. I'm still waiting on all the artwork commissioned for Challenger so I'm sure I'll be changing a few things when that pans out. I can't promise I'll overhaul everything, but all the new changes you've been seeing are thanks to great people who offered advice on improving Challenger.

Thanks so much for your time and support. I really appreciate it,

--David L. Dostaler
Author, Challenger RPG

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