By my count, USR has led to more than a dozen separate games, many found on RPGnow or on the creator’s own website. Here’s the list I have:
- Anthropomorphic by Jay Murphy (animal people)
- Beyond Fear by Scott Malthouse (cosmic horror/Cthulhu)
- Blood And Silk by Shenron (samurai)
- Ghostbusters by Shenron (um... Ghostbusters)
- Go Wherever by Scott Malthouse (stonepunk among other ideas)
- Halberd by Scott Malthouse (fantasy)
- Halcyon Fantasy by Scott Malthouse (old school fantasy)
- It Came From VHS! by Scott Malthouse (80s action)
- Masquerade of the Sundered Sky by Scott Malthouse (gothic horror)
- Sominum Void by Scott Malthouse (space opera)
- Swarm Of Barbarians by Peter Segreti (Ancient Rome)
- Tequendria by Scott Malthouse (Dunsany fantasy)
- Fear & Loathing by Jay Murphy (gonzo adventure)
- Sword & Sorcery by Jay Murphy (Conan-style fantasy)
- Cyberpunk by Scott Malthouse (cyberpunk)
- Moldvay Era by John Yorio (old school fantasy)
I also have a Western game that I don’t have an author credit for, and there’s a character sheet for USR Traveller farther down the USR Google+ page.
|Rabbit bodyguards, Drakkar cage fighters, drug-addled journalists... they're all possible with USR.|
It’s exciting thinking about all the opportunities for games that are in these rules sets — combining them, too, gives us Shadowrun (Cyberpunk plus Halberd) or Usagi Yojimbo (Blood and Silk plus Anthropomorphic). I wanted to create this list to have a running total of all the USR rules sets in one place, and to spark ideas for settings that are “missing.” I’ve touched on superheroes in my last few blog posts, but haven’t created a full setting. We have Ghostbusters, but what about Star Wars (including all the eras of the story)?
I hope this list is an inspiration to you to find these games, try them out, and offer your own contributions to a future edition of the list. I’ll be working on some settings, too...
What genre should be developed into a new setting next?