Princess Bride RPG Announced!

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A Princess Bride RPG? That seems…conceivable. Given that Toy Vault just announced it, I’d say it’s more than conceivable. Maybe INconceivable.

It’s like when you’re more ingenius–or infamous. I’m pretty sure that that word means what I think it means.
Enough of that though. What do the fine folks at Toy Vault have to say about this game, is it everything it seems?

via Toy Vault Inc:

“Coming in 2017!
Explore the world of The Princess Bride with our new role-playing game! Fezzik, Inigo, Westley, and Buttercup are coming to your tabletop this year. The Princess Bride rpg is designed by Steffan O’Sullivan, the designer of classic RPG titles such as GURPS: Swashbucklers, GURPS: Bunnies and Burrows, and of course FUDGE. The Princess Bride rpg, is using Steffan’s FUDGE system. FUDGE is a great, light RPG engine that provides just the right feel of light-hearted, fantastic adventure that embodies The Princess Bride universe.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. Fudge is a tricky system, without a doubt. The different kinds of stories it can tell, it doesn’t always handle very well. There’s nothing quite like rolling fours, only to find your luck has run it’s course.

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Okay, seriously though, that’s enough rhyming. FUDGE is a system that uses four dice. Which more often than not are not very nice. (quit it) They’ll roll plus or minus (mostly minus) and all in all the system is light. So light that I’m not sure how well-suited that system is to handling the kinds of swashbuckling adventure that you’d want to tell in the Princess Bride. Or indeed, what kind of stories you’d want to tell. There’s the big one, to be sure–but thinking about it, there’s enough odd little details to play off of. Like what was happening over in Greenland, when Fezzik was unemployed. Or what is life like as one of Humperdinck’s brute squad?

It could have a legs. We’ll see. I’d like to hope that they put more effort into something like this than just cashing in on the excitement of something recognizable (I’m looking at you, Diablo the Tabletop RPG). I have serious reservations. Definitely a wait and see kind of thing, but who knows, maybe a little effort’s just what a game like this needs.

Without more info we’re in the weeds.

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Is that inchoate rage I hear, off in the distance?

Check out the Princess Bride at Toy Vault’s Facebook. And be sure to check back here for more information as we glean it.

~Anybody want a peanut?

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Inconceivable! Honestly.. really, it is. I mean love the movie and all, but its a generic fantasy setting. I mean sure you have RUS, and some life stealing steampunk machinery, and miracle workers, but beyond that.. I do not see much going for it. Not anything I already can do with pathfinder, dnd, etc.

    • JPMcMillen

      I agree. There are plenty of movie/tv/book properties that could be fun to play an RPG in, that don’t need their own RPG system. What they need is an RPG like source book that the GM and players can use to decide what game system they want to use.

    • Gangrel767

      ROUS (Rodents of unusual size)

      • Severius_Tolluck

        Sorry, I always forgot that they included the of in the acronym

        • Gangrel767

          No worries. I was just being a clown. I love that movie. It makes me feel 7 all over again.

  • Mike X (Official)

    If that promo picture is based off the cover of the book, it already shows how crappy this is going to be.

    It looks like one of those low quality, generic, photoshopped pics that moms put on their Facebook pages.

    • Jon Pinto

      Dad’s will like it too. 😉

  • georgelabour

    They made RPGs for leverage, and at least one or two other drama shows over the last few years.

    Not to mention all those whedonverse RPGs like Firefly, and Angel.

    So who knows.

    • euansmith

      I think that the Whedonverse stories have the advantage of an explored background, while the Princess Bride is a single story concentrating on the activities of a small group of characters.

      Each Whendonverse story gets at least one season to expand on the background concepts (poor Firefly).

      There just doesn’t seem to me to be the background material to flesh out an entire fantasy setting. It isn’t like Disc World with multiple view points, maps, and the rest.

      And where are the Whistling Eels on that book cover?

  • captkaruthors

    My friend Jon Pinto did the cover artwork.

  • Scott Staten

    I’m willing to bet 7th Sea already did it better 🙂

  • shavedjudomonkey

    I really, really really hope it’s good.