Now, I’ve owned Burning Wheel for a long time. I got the Revised edition when it was first released, and demanded my brother pick up the Gold edition for me at GenCon when it came out last year.
But I’ve never played it.
I love the game. I do. I look over all the pages, absorb the rules, love the lifepaths. I’ve played and loved Mouse Guard.
But I can’t seem to build up the courage to run Burning Wheel.
What is it about it? I don’t know. Fear of screwing it up? Sure. The game is so elegant, I’m afraid I won’t do it justice. Fear of not being clever enough? Definitely. The Duel of Wits seems to really require a bit of thinking and planning. The fact that I feel like I’d have to design each and every monster with the Monster Burner? Definitely.
I need your help. What is the best way to play this thing? Should I run a one-shot with just the Hub? Work out to the spokes form there? Any help is appreciated.