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     Monday, October 10 2005 @ 05:16 PM EDT
    So, with the new series coming out, I am pretty interested in a new version of the Doctor Who RPG, at least as a sourcebook for another gamesystem (the ubiqutous d20, perhaps?).

    What do other people think? The Star Wars RPG's have done pretty well telling "the stories of the people on the periphery".

    But the Doctor is often described as "one of a kind", so perhaps it might be a little more difficult?

    I for one would be estatic to have a new Doctor Who RPG, but am I alone!?

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     Tuesday, October 11 2005 @ 08:45 AM EDT
    I'd be interested - I have the original RPG game, but have never played it; I could not find enough people interested in playing to get a group together.

    Ciotka Judi, The Polish Blonde
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     Wednesday, October 12 2005 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Well, I play ccgs not rpgs, but it is an interesting thought. Not sure whether the companies currently producing rpgs would create one for Doctor Who.

    Alderac currently produces rpgs for Stargate SG-1 and Farscape as well as non-sci fi properties that they have ccg games for, so they might be a candidate for a Doctor Who game, but seems unlikely until the show is broadcast more widely. I think US broadcast would be needed for them to even notice that it might be a doable thing (for any rpg company really). There are a number of rpg game companies in the UK that could certainly produce one, whether any of them are interested will depend on whether they want to get involved with the licensing issues that would be involved in producing a Doctor Who rpg especially since I imagine that the BBC will want to have tight control over anything that would be done for the show.

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     Wednesday, October 12 2005 @ 12:09 PM EDT
    There were two Doctor Who RPGs. There is the version by FASA, and an RPG called Timelord published by Virgin.

    Interesting link:


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     Tuesday, October 18 2005 @ 05:35 PM EDT
    Ah, that link is very cool. I've never seen anything except the FASA game.

    Still, I wonder if anyone will pick it up and write something new for official release as a result of the new series being out.

    Probably not until the show officially hits the U.S., I'd guess...

    I've never gotten a chance to play either, if anyone has, I'd love to hear your thoughts on whether it's something that works w/o the Doctor being involved...

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     Saturday, November 05 2005 @ 02:21 PM EST
    I'm not sure how that type of licensing works now that "the Beeb" has everything back, though personally, considering the scope of rules and potential settings you would need to cover, you're probably better off sticking with a general system like GURPS--which has a time travel supplement, as well as supplements for just about any historical, fantasy, and futuristic setting you can think up. Any Who-specific rules could be culled from the hundreds of supplemental source materials that have been printed in the last 43 years.

    Maybe this would make a neat new thread for this board? I'll wager the fans here could come up with a better set of rules than a game company.

    I have played both of the "official" roleplaying games. The FASA version was okay once you ditched their erroneous (or at least largely fabricated) backstory material (gutsy that they at least tried to come up with one though). I think it's worth tracking down on eBay as long as you don't spend more than fifteen bucks or so.

    "Timelord" left me kind of longing for something with a bit more meat to it. Their philosphy was pretty loose and assumed you could do everything with three basic rules and a couple of six-sided dice. The rulebook was mostly just character sheets for all the Doctors, monsters, and companions they could list along with the obligatory walkthrough adventure you get with every RPG. Not worth the effort, unless you're a Dr. Who completist like myself.

    ----- "On the other side of the screen, it all looked so easy..."
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     Sunday, November 27 2005 @ 12:33 PM EST
    I have a lot of the old FASA books and I must say that they contain some of the best writing I have ever seen as a long time RPer. "The Iytean Menace" and "The Lords of Destiny" were great adventures, by the writing. Sourcebooks for the major villains were well-done too. But that said, I should also say that I really dislike the system for the game. I would agree that a universal system would be better. The Fasa material should be used and converted where need be. Check Ebay.

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     Wednesday, April 26 2006 @ 04:53 AM EDT
    I am thinking of doing some articles on how to either adapt some of the RPG's currently available, or to create a home brew.

    The prime contenders for inclusion are:

    d20 Future/Modern (WoC/Hasbro)
    GURPS 4th/3rd edition (Steve Jackson Games)
    Timelords [EABA/CORPS] (BTRC)

    The reason that the BTRC gets three mentions is that both CORPS and EABA are generic with Vehicle Design rules. I have a lot of GURPS stuff and can be a base for the articles, and d20 Future is the 2000 pound gorilla in RPG. Hell, you can use Paranoia or Macho Women with Guns for Doctor Who, without too much hassels.

    I want to also add Freeforms/Live Action RPG as well.

    What is your opinion guys?


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