5 Random Games: Usagi Yojimbo, WFRP 2e, Stargate, Keep on the Shadowfell, Races & Classes

You’ll notice that there is a tab on the right side that puts up various games in my collection, courtesy of geekdo.com, also known as boardgamegeek.com. I’ve decided that on occasion, I’ll bring up my website, see the 5 random games it generates, and talk a little about them. Note that these are all games I currently have on my shelf.

1. Usagi Yojimbo
This is the second game I ever played at the ripe age of 14 (the first game being Star Wars d6). I had a great time as the only player, with the GM who had taught me Star Wars, leading me across feudal Japan as a dog bounty hunter, bringing evil snakes, cats and rhinos to justice. The one thing I remember most is the awesome scene where I was pursuing a character who was on the run from me by tracking him while on a hang-glider over the forest. If you’ve read the comics, you should definitely pick this up. And if you haven’t read the comics, you really, really should.

2. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition
This is not the dreaded 3rd edition, but the one the hold-outs are playing. I have about 10 books, and have never played. I have a ton of friends back in Spokane, WA who would love this game, as we spent most of our high-school careers knocking each other back and forth across the Old World with the Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 war games.

I really do like the career system in this game, and I’d love to give it a try, but alas, it’s not to be, I think. Bridget has no interest in playing, as she’s not a big fan of gritty, dark fantasy, but instead prefers the Tolkienesque high-fantasy.

3. Stargate SG-1
This is a D20-based game. In fact, it’s actually based on Spycraft, but doesn’t need Spycraft to play. You get to play as a member of a Stargate team, fighting the Goa’uld and allying with the Asgard. The core book covers a few seasons of the show, but they have additional supplements for other seasons and races.

I actually bought this for Bridget as a gift one year, before she was a gamer. I was trying to win her over (unsuccessfuly), and told her that if nothing else, it makes a good book to learn more about Stargate.

4. H1: Keep on the Shadowfell
Ah, Keep on the Shadowfell. I picked this up after 4e came out, so all of my players had original characters, not the pre-fab ones from the intro rules. We had a great time, plowing through the dungeon. Once they were in the Keep, though there are multiple ways to go and only one correct path, they never wavered and naturally accidentally stumbled across the correct path the whole way. They finished the keep about a level earlier because they didn’t end up running into all the enemies in the keep. They all had a great time, as did I.

I highly recommend KotSF to anyone looking at getting into DnD. And now, on their website, you can get this supplement for free! I would still buy it though, if only for the new maps.

5. Wizards Presents: Races and Classes
I picked this up (as well as Worlds and Monsters) before 4e came out, learning all about the awesome stuff in store. This book covers their plans for the Tieflings, Dragonborn, Eladrin and the old staples of DnD, as well as the new classes like Warlock and Warlord. There’s some great art (some of which shockingly didn’t end up in the PHB, MM or DMG). At this point, there’s no real reason to go out and buy this book, unless you want to understand the thought process behind why they chose certain classes and races, and why they excluded others.

Until next time, keep rolling 20’s!

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