EricW
 member, 51 posts
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 23:15
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Edited to remove off-topic social correction.

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DiegoD89
 member, 77 posts
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 23:19
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game

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PaperLily
 member, 18 posts
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 23:29
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
DiegoD89:
PaperLily:
Hiya. Would you be willing to consider a freeform game? I run two that both have romance options (set in an adult environment) and we have several female players as well as me, the GM, being female. :)

One is fantasy set in a nebulous medieval period (think vamps, werewolves & mages).

The other is pirates set during The Golden Age of Piracy and includes mermaids, selkies and more.


Your post was almost exactly what I'm looking for with the exception that it is freeform.

I don't like it's ''on the fly'' feel. it never appealed to me and i like some well-established rules when we need them.

Also, I'm looking forward to joining a fresh game. it always feels out place when i join an existing game.

Would you consider running the game with an actual system?


Unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge with most systems at a DM level, I can't run a game with an actual system.

That being said, the good news is that there are fairly well-established rules in both games. You do have stats (it's a pretty standard points-spread deal) so how you interact with someone else isn't just left up to how the GM is feeling that day (a personal annoyance of mine).

I totally get if you're more comfortable with a system, but if you'd like to lurk or even just check out the character creation process for either game, you might find that it's far better than you think. I played a lot of BAD freeform games and decided I wanted to make a very good one.

As for joining a fresh game, the pirates game is quite fresh - we haven't finished our first IC day so there's plenty of room for you to sign on (and plenty of ladies to enjoy the company of).

If that doesn't appeal to you, I totally get it and wish you the best of luck finding a more structured game. :)
DiegoD89
 member, 78 posts
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 23:40
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Well, i think i could lurk a bit and see if i can change my mind. no promises though. :)
Fyrerain
 member, 83 posts
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 23:58
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Interestingly enough, I've been missing my old 1e games/gaming groups, where such things as romances were a possibility. Not a given, but when you ran into the same NPCs regularly, or sometimes found good chemistry between two PCs, something could evolve from that. It wasn't the focus of, or the purpose of, the game -- but the potential existed. It added a deeper layer of depth to the world.

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DiegoD89
 member, 79 posts
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 00:25
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Exactly. RPGs don't need to be always only about the players defeating the monsters and villains. the challenges a relationship between the player or NPC can be as hard as defeating the villain next door. i always found that romance was missing in most of the games i played. i mean, one time or another a character must have felt something, be it love or even lust for someone in the group or an NPC they encountered. as you wrote, a romance adds depth to a history.
PaperLily
 member, 19 posts
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 01:53
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game

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Gamer75
 member, 291 posts
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 03:47
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
if anyone jumps up for this to be an ad&d game or 3.5 I'd get in! rescuing the princess is the standard in my mind but never seems to happen so I'd be very pleased to play in a game like that
icosahedron152
 member, 806 posts
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 04:44
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
I'm running a romance game set in Regency England (c 1813). Austen/Heyer/Bronte stuff.

It is freeform, but we have a very mature team of both sexes who have established a realistic feel without any need for rules. It is a Mature rated game, so we fade to black where necessary. You are welcome to lurk to see if you would be interested.
DiegoD89
 member, 80 posts
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 10:59
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Again, this is exactly what i'm looking for except it is freeform. i would rather like to play with a actual system. but thanks for you offer. :)
icosahedron152
 member, 807 posts
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 12:01
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Hi Diego,
I'm not plugging my game any more, I can take no for an answer, but I'm curious about how you use rules in a romance? Romance is just about the most personal and subjective of play topics. It's not "I rolled a 1 so your character successfully woos mine" is it?
DiegoD89
 member, 81 posts
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 16:50
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
I'm not talking about rules involving simple interactions or relationship, but rules when there is combat and other stuff.

While combat would not be a primary focus of a romance oriented game, it will happen sometime or another.

I don't feel comfortable playing a freeform game because everything seems to be open for discussion.

I would like the game to have the backup of some stablished rules.

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icosahedron152
 member, 808 posts
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 17:52
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
I see. I do that in most games, but it's never come up in that one.
Fyrerain
 member, 84 posts
Thu 23 Nov 2017
at 00:09
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Yeah, we always just let chemistry decide whether or not a romance happened. Sometimes, a player just likes the NPC, and decides their PC does, too.

If it were between PCs, we'd discuss if, and how easily and completely, we wanted to have our PCs romance happen. Sometimes it was more fun to have a tempestuous, on again, off again relationship develop -- if it fit the characters to behave that way, of course.

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DiegoD89
 member, 89 posts
Sun 26 Nov 2017
at 16:04
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Bump. still looking for this.
DiegoD89
 member, 94 posts
Mon 4 Dec 2017
at 23:53
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
I just realized that the Blue Rose RPG may be the best option for this.
Bod Man
 member, 349 posts
Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 03:06
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
7th sea would be an excellent choice imo. What's more romantic than a swashbuckling pirate type?
Gamer75
 member, 296 posts
Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 06:49
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
In reply to Bod Man (msg # 21):

that's good but so is the old knight/princess
DiegoD89
 member, 96 posts
Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 12:57
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Bod Man:
7th sea would be an excellent choice imo. What's more romantic than a swashbuckling pirate type?


I don't know 7th sea, but Blue Rose seems to be designed exaclty for this the kind of game i'm looking for.

I just need to buy the book now.
Gaffer
 member, 1512 posts
 Ocoee FL
 40 yrs of RPGs
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 13:33
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
In reply to DiegoD89 (msg # 19):

I am not a fan of freeform for a number of reasons. However, when I was still giving freeform a try, it seemed to me that there was always lots of romances going on. I think because there is no game mechanics that seem to slant toward combat. Players just seemed more open to social interaction, including romance.
DiegoD89
 member, 97 posts
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 17:31
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Yeah, i know it has it's advantages but i can't really like freeform. i guess i like to play a game where i have it's the rules in my hand.
JenDaZen
 member, 2 posts
Thu 7 Dec 2017
at 09:23
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
I might suggest a PBtA game like Monsterhearts. Easy to learn if one of the earlier posters is willing to GM with (minimal) stats/rules, and with mechanics in place for combat. Mostly focuses on teen/new adult monsters in high school/early college dealing with feeling out of place and confused and a bit dramatic and emotional -- prime time for messy and hyper-romantic moments to occur. But also with some intrigue that can become more of a plot beyond the romance. Or you can focus on a social struggle rather than any supernatural threat.

Just putting the idea out there.
Bod Man
 member, 350 posts
Mon 11 Dec 2017
at 05:47
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Pbta is interesting. You mentioned supers in your original post. Masks is a good superhero system pbta. And it does focus on relationships and role playing.

Another superhero system that focuses on relationships (not necessarily romantic ones) is Smallville. This is a cortex game. Not sure how gameplay actually flows but character creation is a thing of beauty where all the interwoven relationships are setup.

Personally, I feel like less crunchy systems lend themselves better to the intense level of role play a romance is going to require. The systems you mention are all, shall we say, heavy on the mechanics side, and that can get in the way sometimes. I agree with you on shunning free form. That's not a game to me. But I do think systems like Pathfinder and Champions put a lot of emphasis on mechanics.

Are you willing to explore a different system?

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DiegoD89
 member, 98 posts
Mon 11 Dec 2017
at 17:18
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Well, i guess that depends of what you have in mind for the game. also, what is a PBta game?
Bod Man
 member, 351 posts
Mon 11 Dec 2017
at 19:08
Re: Seeking for a Romance oriented game
Powered by the Apocalypse. It is a narrative system that has been used to "hack" different genres.