Monday, January 19, 2015
My wife, my youngest son and I have all been binge watching Grimm. We burned through Season 1 and are not 3/4 ths of the way through Season 2.
It's great fun and my youngest (much like me at that age) loves all sorts of spooky, mystical stuff.
I was, as I typically do, working on some projects while watching. I was also spending more time with my D&D 5 DMG. It got me thinking about what sort of system would be the best for Grimm.
Typically if it is mystical or is modern monster hunting, then I first look to Unisystem; and Cinematic Unisystem at that. After all, it is TV and I quickly figured out several Qualities and Drawbacks that the star Nick Burkhardt could have as a Grimm (Enhanced Senses, Honor, Increased Strength, Hard to Kill...and so on). It's not a difficult exercise. But CineUnisystem, as much as I love it, is not really a perfect fit.
Despite some potions and some odd powers, there really is nothing along the lines (well yet) as magic as I defined it Ghosts of Albion or as was defined in Buffy/Angel. Sure, Army Darkness might work but still not just right.
So I was thinking Chill and it's more modern cousins, Majus and Cryptworld. I even know already there is a zombie episode coming up, so Rotworld is also in.
Why these games vs. the Unisystem line? Well I believe that system strikes a tone with how you play. Which is also why I ruled out Call of Cthulhu (despite how much I enjoy it). People in the Grimm world are, well, regular people. There are some monsters, some Wessen. But Cryptworld can deal with that. If I would opt to have Wessen as PCs then I can use some cues from Majus.
I thought about looking into the Fantasy Flight Games RPG "Grimm", and it looks like it could work a little too. But I don't own it and only know it through reputation. Other than that there does not seem to be a Grimm tie in RPG. I did a search and seems like most people would use Buffy/Angel/Ghosts of Albion, which does give me a bit of professional pride, even if I am not agreeing with them.
Does anyone watch the show? NO Spoilers please! If so, what system would you use? What do you think about Chill vs. Unisystem.