First things first:
- I wasn't too sure about the correct sub-forum to post this in. If this isn't the right one, please tell me.
- For those who don't know what PnP is: it stands for "Pen and Paper", a kind of role playing game where the playing group sits down at a table with one of them being the "game master" (from now on referred to as GM), someone who plans the game, tells the story, guides the players through the world and acts as a stand-in for NPCs, enemies and so on. The game is usually non-linear with many ways to accomplish your goal. Often times, almost everything imaginable is possible, as long as the GM and the specific rules of the system allows it. The game itself is played by using dice to determine the outcome and the success of an action or an attempt to do something (like an attack, pickpocketing, lockpicking etc) and you use a pen and some sheets of paper to write down your progress, your character's infos and stats, puzzle clues and everything you want to keep in mind. There's tons of existing systems, some are more combat focused, some more story focused. There are fantasy systems (like Dungeons & Dragons), Sci-Fi (Shadowrun), Horror (Call of Cthulhu) and pretty much everything inbetween.
While planning an entirely different (mystery) adventure for my group, I started to think about how a scenario similar to Fatal Frame or Dreadout could work in a pen and paper format - the manga shows very clearly similarities to group dynamics typically found in a PnP rpg party and the puzzles could very well be prepared for and solved during a pnp session as well.
But in which system? Systems like Dungeons & Dragons would be too combat heavy and would rely too much on different dice and rolling them, which could get the players out of the flow of a proper horror setting and more story focused systems could make it more difficult to implement gameplay elements like the camera obscura (both as a weapon and a way to solve puzzles), the wetness gauge of FFV and other things that differentiate Fatal Frame gameplay wise from other (supernatural) horror games.
So I did what (almost) everyone would do. Nothing and forget about it.
At least for a while and when I started talking to a friend about starting a new PnP group, I remembered my idea and started to work on a homebrew system. It's not finished yet - I'm currently working on a functioning combat system involving the camera obscura - but I wanted to show you what I have so far and I hope to get some feedback if you're interested in the project. This could, once finished, allow you to have your very own FF-adventure. Maybe an original story, maybe an alternate universe version of one of the games - you could make your fanfiction playable.
TL;DR: I started working on a FF inspired pen and paper homebrew system and want to use this thread to show my progress and get, if you're interested, feedback on it.
Edited by Eisenalex, 25 April 2017 - 01:33 AM.