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I was going to do a title like "TRPGs for Video Gamers", except that title is confusing and redundant, as I'm not defining what TRPGs are, and the term "gamer" was coined when RPGs and hobby board games started expanding the group of people that would be defined as "people who play games as a hobby" out of realm of miniatures wargames into a boatload of other stuff.
Anyway, I've been putting a lot of thought into what tabletop RPGs I'd recommend to people who don't already play them, but do enjoy playing video games - and not just computer & console RPGs either. So, I've put together a list of about 6 games and concepts that I'd recommend to people who play particular video games. This is not the only 6 I'd recommend - I figure I'd keep it simple for now, and I could do another list later if I get more discussion. Oh, and I did the list as a video, in the hopes of making it slightly more interesting.
However, after I made the video, I discovered there are a few things I forgot to bring up in the video that I'd like to bring up here.
On Game Journalism and Tabletop RPGs
In retrospect I'm a little harsh on video games journalists for being ignorant on Tabletop RPGs in my video. By all accounts, with the schedule that this line of work requires, it's likely on nigh-impossible to find the time to play tabletop RPGs, assuming that sitting down around a table to play a tabletop RPG is someone's cup of tea in the first place. The Bomb Crew in particular does an excellent job in everything that they do here on the site and far be it from me to tell them how to do their job. If it came across like that I was saying that, I apologize. That was not my intent.
On Runequest & The Elder Scrolls
One of the things I forgot to mention in the video is in Mongoose's Runequest 1 (or MRQ1 for the sake of brevity), one of the game mechanics in the game is that in one of the styles of magic you power your spells by finding magical runes and attuning your character to them. If you've played Skyrim, that should sound familiar. This mechanic was only used in MRQ1, so if you pick up a more recent version of the game, it won't be there. I'd recommend probably keeping that in mind if you want to play a tabletop game set in the world of The Elder Scrolls, and want to replicate Dragon Shouts in game.
On Deus Ex/Syndicate & R. Talsorian Games' Cyberpunk
I forgot to mention that R. Talsorian Games is working on a new edition of Cyberpunk which is slated to come out around the same time as the new video game. I also found out that Cyberpunk 188.8.131.52, the second edition of the game (which doesn't have the Doll "art") and which was my first choice to recommend actually is available as a PDF on DriveThruRPG. Consequently, I've added that game to the Big Link List Of Doom which I am putting at the bottom of the post with links to all the games I discussed in the video (as it would be rude of me to recommend a game and not tell you where to find it).
Also, if you have your own recommendations for tabletop games related to what video games people like, I'd love to hear those - or just in general, tabletop RPGs you'd like to recommend - I'm always interested in trying something new.
The big list of doom can be found behind the spoiler block.
With that out of the way.
The Big Link List Of Doooooooooooooooooooom
Strategy RPGs (like Tactics Ogre)
Fighting Games (like Guilty Gear)
Also, credits for the gameplay I used.
Tactics Ogre Let's Play - Biggy's Let's Plays
Skyrim Gameplay - VintageBeef
Guilty Gear Gameplay - Brad Ry
Amnesia Gameplay - JohnnyKnodoff
- Dark Souls Gameplay - NorthernLion
EDIT: Also, putting the list behind spoiler tags didn't work nearly as well as I intended. Bummer.