The Witcher RPG to Debut At GenCon!
  • The Witcher RPG to Debut At Gen Con!


    R. Talsorianís The Witcher Role-Playing Game is at the printers and will be available for sale at Gen Con in August. Announced back in 2015 the game is based on the highly popular Witcher computer game series by CD Projekt Red. If you canít make Gen Con to grab a copy donít fear, the PDF will be available at the same time, or shortly thereafter.



    R. Talsorian have warned that Gen Con stock will be limited, as they are getting a rushed advanced shipment of the book for the show. So if you want a copy itís probably advisable to head to their booth (#1752) as soon as possible, and certainly not wait until Sunday! Once the full print run has arrived in their warehouse the book will be available mail order as well as through distribution to stores worldwide.

    The Witcher Role-Playing Game uses a version of R. Talsorians Fuzion system and is set between the Witcher 2 and Witcher 3 video games. We havenít seen any previews of the game, but will certainly bring you more information if we see anything!

    R. Talsorian are also planning on releasing their new updated version of Cyberpunk 2020, called Cyberpunk Red, at the end of the year.
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    1. Variss's Avatar
      Variss -
      Shouldn't it be "Based on the highly popular novels of Andrzej Sapkowski, which were turned into an award winning video game series by CD Projekt Red." I mean credit where credit is due. The game stories draw from the established prose.
    1. James Gray1's Avatar
      James Gray1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Variss View Post
      Shouldn't it be "Based on the highly popular novels of Andrzej Sapkowski, which were turned into an award winning video game series by CD Projekt Red." I mean credit where credit is due. The game stories draw from the established prose.
      I believe R. Talsorian drew on both Pan Sapkowski's books/short stories and CD Projekt Red's video games to make the RPG, and will likely credit both in the rulebook itself.
    1. Scott Christian's Avatar
      Scott Christian -
      No doubt you are right James. But, this is good to hear. Looks like I know what booth I am hitting on Thursday. I just really hope that the ruleset matches the feel of the game and the world. What a shame it would be if the ruleset was just a modded version of his Cyberpunk. The world has such a unique feel and great flavor that there is a lot that can be done. An example would be balance of characters: I can't see Dandelion the bard being as great of a fighter as a witcher.
      In any case, fingers crossed. Can't wait. And glad the books are finally getting their just do. A fun read.
    1. CapnZapp -
      Anyone got a link to a short primer on this Fuzion system?
    1. machineelf's Avatar
      machineelf -
      Is the idea that everybody plays a Witcher, but each is highly customizable?
    1. dbm's Avatar
      dbm -
      Quote Originally Posted by CapnZapp View Post
      Anyone got a link to a short primer on this Fuzion system?
      If youíre happy to throw down the price of coffee you can get the core generic book here.

      Iím really looking forward to this, both because I loved the computer game and because Iím interested in Fuzion getting another chance. It was a bit Ďdead on arrivalí when it launched.
    1. Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
      Ralif Redhammer -
      Neat! Looking forward to seeing this when it hits stores. Curious to see how they will balance things out Ė If everyone has to play a Witcher or Mage, thatís pretty easy, but what happens when someone wants to play a Dandelion?
    1. DMMike's Avatar
      DMMike -
      Quote Originally Posted by dbm View Post
      ...Fuzion getting another chance. It was a bit Ďdead on arrivalí when it launched.
      This is fascinating. Sounds like they're 1) hopefully giving a good game another chance at life or 2) beating a dead horse. The Witcher is a great franchise for option 1, but Witcher 3 does feature a dead horse pretty early in the game...
    1. Mark Craddock's Avatar
      Mark Craddock -
      Here are some design diaries

      https://rtalsoriangames.wordpress.co...-17-approvals/
    1. James Gray1's Avatar
      James Gray1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ralif Redhammer View Post
      Neat! Looking forward to seeing this when it hits stores. Curious to see how they will balance things out Ė If everyone has to play a Witcher or Mage, thatís pretty easy, but what happens when someone wants to play a Dandelion?
      Classes/roles are listed as: bard, craftsman, criminal, doctor, mage, mercenary, merchant, priest, and witcher. Its set up with skill trees. Looking at past Cyberpunk, this means you might have some characters who should hang towards the back in a fight, but who will shine in other places. Witchers might specialize in combat against monsters, but the craftsman is the one who can pick apart a monster and make something from the bits for later (especially if they know alchemy), the bard or merchant might be the one to keep the local village from going full out mob mentality when they see someone in your party is an elf or a witcher, while the doctor heals folks up during and after a fight. That's at a guess.
    1. James Gray1's Avatar
      James Gray1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mark Craddock View Post
      A link to a list of most of the design diaries, in case people don't want to sort through the R. Talsorian blog:

      http://witcher.wikia.com/wiki/The_Wi...e-Playing_Game
    1. Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
      Ralif Redhammer -
      That's a good point Ė for all the power they might have, thereís a huge amount of xenophobia, fear of the unknown, and racism in the world of the Witcher.

      Quote Originally Posted by James Gray1 View Post
      the bard or merchant might be the one to keep the local village from going full out mob mentality when they see someone in your party is an elf or a witcher,
    1. James Gray1's Avatar
      James Gray1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by machineelf View Post
      Is the idea that everybody plays a Witcher, but each is highly customizable?
      I think that's possible but there's a variety of options involving both races and professions according to the development blogs.
    1. Hand of Evil's Avatar
      Hand of Evil -
      Will be picking it up but last years seminar did not give me a warm and fuzzy about the game, plus, it has been a long time coming.
    1. R_Chance's Avatar
      R_Chance -
      I've always liked R. Talisorian games. The Cyberpunk CRPG from CD Projekt Red is coming (and looks great), a Witcher P&P RPG direct from RT... time for something in the Mekton line

      Given the science fiction / anime basis of Cyberpunk and Mekton I'm curious to see the Witcher RPG. Most other Fuzion system games (and Interlock system games before that) have been anime / sci fi... except Artesia (can't remember the full title...) and I never picked that one up. So, interesting.

      Still, Mekton Zeta remains my favorite with Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0 a close second. Maybe the Witcher RPG will stake out a spot there
    1. CapnZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by dbm View Post
      If youíre happy to throw down the price of coffee you can get the core generic book here.
      I was rather hoping for a one-page summary of what the system does and does not; what people feel it does well and not so well.
    1. Hand of Evil's Avatar
      Hand of Evil -
      Quote Originally Posted by machineelf View Post
      Is the idea that everybody plays a Witcher, but each is highly customizable?
      From what was said at last years Gen Con seminar, NO.

      Take this with a grain of salt as it is a year old and things may have changed in that time.

      The game is about playing in the world of the Witcher and facing the day-to-day struggles. From what was said and I gathered, it did not come across as a adventure game but as political game and a game about your characters life path. Nothing was said about the Witcher schools and for the most part, Witchers have a CHR of 5 or less, just are not liked (that is why in the CRPG everyone is spitting at you).


      As said, I am picking it up but not sure how I am going to like it.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Love the Witcher games and enjoyed the books. But it will need to have some unique mechanics to convince me to try it. With all the great TTRPG options out there and the limited time I have to play, it would have to be great system to get me to spend time on money on another sword & sorcery fantasy RPG.
    1. satbunny's Avatar
      satbunny -
      Witchers are not liked, but they are *needed*
      The School is in decline, indeed the setting is in turmoil in a "D&D meets the Eastern Front" with as much emphasis on pogroms, partisans and cynical political betrayal as mass armies waging total war.
      But the conceit of monster of the week still works just fine if you want to let the background fade away.

      Fuzion had a brief time in the sun but Life got in the way. It's a merging of Cyberpunk Interlock and the Hero system and can be very light or quite crunchy.

      It's roll high against difficulty value. It can be d10 or d6 driven. Don't know which one they have chosen.

      Check out Artesia for a full bore fantasy version that feels like RQ with similar crunch.

      Check out the Usagi Yojimbo before current for very light.

      It's a fine system from the 2-3rd generations of RPGs pre indie sensibility. Not in the d20 tradition,

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzion
    1. Stereofm -
      I want it, just hope it is as good as advertised
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