Favorite "Homeric" RPG or Setting

Reynard

Legend
I have listening to "The Literature and History Podcast" Iliad and Odyssey episodes and am feeling Homer's Epic Fantasy.

What is your favorite rpg or rpg setting with an ancient Greek gods and monsters feel? It doesn't have to be actual mythic Greece, and could also be more broadly bronze age.
 

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aramis erak

Legend
It's old school in tone, but very on point: Mazes and Minotaurs. Either edition.

It's a "what if D&D were based upon the harryhousen myth movies and greek history..."
And it does it deadpan.
And it does it well... It doesn't feel like D&D, but it's got that old school vibe, plus it's pretty.
And it's on Drive Thru...
 

aia_2

Custom title
I have read only good comments about Agon but never read it...

Being both aged and a collector my preference goes to Odysseus by FGU
 

ThrorII

Explorer
It's old school in tone, but very on point: Mazes and Minotaurs. Either edition.

It's a "what if D&D were based upon the harryhousen myth movies and greek history..."
And it does it deadpan.
And it does it well... It doesn't feel like D&D, but it's got that old school vibe, plus it's pretty.
And it's on Drive Thru...
I can't stress enough how good M&M is. Much better than it it should be!!

It is an 'alternate history' rpg, asking what would a 1974 rpg look like if Greek Myth and Harryhousen movies were the inspiration, instead of Tolkien. If you can look past the 'side bar' comments that are fake 'looking back' comments, it is a solid game.

I prefer the "Original" rules to the "1987 Revised Rules".
 

aramis erak

Legend
I'll add that, based solely upon first read, Neoclassical Greek Revival is one I'm putting forward tentatively. It's got interesting mechanisms, and reflects quite a bit more the "old school" I lived through than what the OSR crowd tends to do... It's definitely not FKR, either...
Mankind, Dwarves, Elves, the Dead, the Wee Folk, the Wodewoses... It has classes that you can combine 1/3, 2/3 or all of: Priest, Warrior, Thieves, Wizards, Fools, Bards. And yes, Fools did make me think Joxer from Hercules and Xena.

Speaking of which, I've not run Hercules & Xena, it's a close to stock WEG D6 engine - but using HP rather than damage steps. It's... well, Television faux-ancient mixed archaeological bits melded into a generic ancient fantasy... so it's the perfect representation on paper of the shows... The one time I suggested it, everyone laughed, then I showed them the book, and the result was a unison... "Hell NO!"

The Hero/Rolemaster supplement Campaign Classics: Mythic Greece (by the late, great, Aaron Allston) is aimed more at playing the heroes and gods (500 point starting hero characters anyone? How about 3000 point?) but is actually a pretty nice reference. Too bad it got a more resounding NO than H&X.
 

Aldarc

Legend
I can't stress enough how good M&M is. Much better than it it should be!!

It is an 'alternate history' rpg, asking what would a 1974 rpg look like if Greek Myth and Harryhousen movies were the inspiration, instead of Tolkien. If you can look past the 'side bar' comments that are fake 'looking back' comments, it is a solid game.

I prefer the "Original" rules to the "1987 Revised Rules".
Mutants & Masterminds?
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I’d probably run such a game in HERO. But I’d be open to playing in a variety of RPGs. I’d expect GURPS would be a good option with a veteran GURPS GM.

I’d probably get a kick out of running/playing in a rules light game like ITL/TFT or Dark Cities.

Savage Worlds or Cypher System could be interesting, too.
 


aia_2

Custom title
...d'oh! I was thinking you all were referring to...

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hawkeyefan

Legend
I’d second @Aldarc with the recommendation of Agon. It’s a relatively simple system designed to be very player-centric, and the mechanics lend themselves to the themes of the ancient myths. The way it’s designed to be episodic with a new island facing a new form of Strife each session really gives that Odyssey vibe.
 

Aldarc

Legend
Mythras has two setting books - one for Mythic Rome and one for Mythic Constantinople. I personally find the system a bit dry and too heavy for my tastes, but tastes vary and maybe it's something for you.
Mythras and RuneQuest are both oriented towards Bronze Age-ish fantasy, but this is one reason why I recommended Jackals, which is based on the "Open Quest" system, so slightly less heavy.

Additionally: Trojan War (Fantasy AGE) by Green Ronin Publishing
 



Mythras and RuneQuest are both oriented towards Bronze Age-ish fantasy, but this is one reason why I recommended Jackals, which is based on the "Open Quest" system, so slightly less heavy.
I wasn't aware that Jackals is based on OpenQuest. That makes it a better candidate IMO (I find the complexity of OpenQuest, though still at the upper end of what I find acceptable, to be manageable).
 


Bilharzia

Fish Priest
Mythras has two setting books - one for Mythic Rome and one for Mythic Constantinople. I personally find the system a bit dry and too heavy for my tastes, but tastes vary and maybe it's something for you.
You missed out Mythic Babylon bruv!

To add to this, Mythras has many, many settings books, covering Mythic Earth settings, and outside of that.
 


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