Old School Urban Fantasy. Yes, Please

I don’t often shill Kickstarters. Usually, my various feeds are filled with them but then one comes along that gets me excited and I don’t hear that much about it. So well. I’ll just do my own little rant here. Now, the financial stake I have in this is that I’m a backer. Yes, I’ve chipped in my hard earned dollars and no one has asked me to do this. Now on with the show.

Yes, I’m talking about the Night Shift Kickstarter again. So let me give the low down as I see it.
First, it runs on old school mechanics. The best parts even like the no strict rules for every darned thing and the flexibility and familiarity we all know and love. My opinion on this is driven by the Quick Start rules on the Kickstarter and the actual play report over on the Cross Planes blog. Go read it for yourself. And there’s more previews coming out at co-author Tim Branna’s The Other Side Blog.
So mechanics aside, why am I excited? Well, I like adventurous urban fantasy (not the emo whiny goth stuff). The mixture of the mundane and magical is just en extension of another genre that I happen to like and that’s pulp. Just mull that over. Over the top action. Better than normal characters. And substitute 1930’s techno-babble with magic and pretty much good to go. And if it’s not your thing then cool.
Now I’ve had my go around with lot’s of different systems. From the ancient Night Life RPG, to the World of Darkness and I even looked and still own that d20 train wreck that was Monte Cook’s World of Darkness or as I called it McWoD. I’ve scribbled down some notes to try using Savage Worlds. While I’ve got both the Buffy and Angel RPG’s, I haven’t played them yet. And, of course, my last go around with the genre was Evil Hat’s Dresden Files RPG.
Now to present day, I’m still on the look out for a good old school take on urban fantasy. I’ve grabbed up Dark Streets & Darker Secrets Heck, I even wrote a little supplement for it. While it scratches my old school itch, there can always be more. Just like I can like and support Swords & Wizardry, Old School Essentials, Basic Fantasy, and Dungeon Crawl Classics. I can like more than one game of the same style and genre. One of my points is that I can take some little bit from one game and throw it into another. Which is something I do all the time.
So with that rant. Go ahead. Check out the Kickstarter, the Quick Start Rules, and the blog posts of others.

How about some Black Magic, kids?

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