Hello my lovely monkeys!
Well, yesterdays' post lead to talk about crazy game systems, and it occurred to me that I never posted about Encounter Critical
. And games don't much crazier than Encounter Critical. Like Mazes & Minotaurs
which I posted about last summer
, Encounter Critical is another one of those freebie games that plays at being a forgotten gem from the early days of gaming.
But while Mazes & Minotaurs, riffed on the idea of Arneson and Gygax being more into Jason and the Argonauts than Sword and Sorcery. Encounter Critical riffs on... well maybe Gamma World a bit, but it’s more of a mash up of pulpy sci-fi, sword and sorcery, and late show movies, circa late seventies, it pretends to have been published back in 1979.
The game doesn’t take it self seriously, in fact it kicks the gonzo up to 11 and then some! It’s a hyperkinetic mash-up of a game where the party might be made up of a Planetary Ape Pioneer, an Elven Cybernetic Psi-Witch, a Robodroid Doxy, a Frankenstein Warrior and a Klengon Warlock (and no my monkeys that's not one of my many misspellings, just a thinly veiled rip, you can also be a Vulkin or Wookie) doing battle against Bee-girls, Asteroid Worms, Crater Lake Monsters and Mega Turtles.
The system, while not as elegant as the one in Mazes & Minotaurs, looks simple, playable and most importantly fun. All in an over the top setting full of fun places to explore and crazy things to battle, and that my monkeys is what gaming is all about.
Sadly, it's likely I’ll probably never get around to trying it out, so many games, so little time. But if this post inspires just one my dear readers to grab a pentagram shield, hop aboard a Damnation Van and go raid the Holdings of the Zombie Princess, then more power to you, my monkeys, more power to you.