In the last podcast of RPG Circus, I had a short rant about Rolemaster. I'm sure this what lead me to referring to Tim Dugger's Alternative Realms in my last post. Then of course I went to a party on Saturday and ran into some gamers (yes, some of us do have social lives), and we talked a little on Rolemaster. I guess you could say that lately, I have Rolemaster on the brain.
It sort of makes me wonder, if I will ever dust off my copy of the rule and play? After all, most of the old Rolemaster players I know have given up the system and tend to play D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder. After all, there are several things that have been slightly translated to D&D. Which is sort of interesting since early Rolemaster was presented as some optional replacement rules for D&D. So as to the question as to if I will ever play Rolemaster again, I guess it would depend on a variety of factors.
Perhaps the biggest one would be which Rolemaster rules would be used? Even Iron Crown has a hard time answering this one. After all, it currently has Rolemaster Classic (which is basically the RM2 rules) and Rolemaster Fantasy Roleplaying (which is basically RMSS). I do find it very interesting that they actually brought back RM2 as Rolemaster Classic (RMC). I wonder if this is some sort of acknowledgment that the RMSS got pretty stupid after a while? Of course some would argue that it was always that way. If you look at ICE own breakdown. I think it's clear that the RMSS/RMFRP is just way too complex. Which is saying something since every seems to think that RM2/RMC is way to complex. So, I guess if I were to ever play a game, it would like be RM2/RMC.
Another factor of course would be willing players. I don't think there would be too many willing players. Like I said before, I doubt that I will ever actually play Rolemaster again for this very reason. I'm not sure how many people out there would even be interested in playing Rolemaster again. Among my circle of gamers, those that had played Rolemaster in the past, have said no way. Again, I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder fill the complexity void and there by they are satisfied.
Factor two is hard one to beat. Still, Rolemaster still has a warm place in my memory. For that alone, I doubt that I will be giving up my rulebooks. I know that my shelves would be rather empty if I did. Nor will I be giving up my memories of rolling 100 E Crush Critical. This rant has got me wondering are there still any Rolemaster gamer still out there? And if so what version are you playing?