There is a new Conan game coming out.
While I am sure it will look great and have a lot of things going for it there are a couple of things that bug me off the start.
First I like my systems anymore to be simple. I like rules that "get out of the way" and let me play like I want. Presently the only rules-heavy system I play is D&D and that is only because I have absorbed the rules to the level of abstraction.
Secondly I don't care for "roll under" mechanics either. The new Conan is a 2d20, roll under system. Generally speaking roll under games require lesser rolls to be considered better than higher ones. There is an counter-intuitiveness to this.
Yes there are some great games out there that are roll under such as BESM 2r and anything using the Chaosim Basic Role-Playing (Call of Cthulhu, Runequest).
And there are some games where you need to roll high but still keep in under the targeted number.
I am just not a fan of those.
If I want to play a "Conan" game then I want something that has the right feel to it. Like Original D&D or better yet, something like Spellcraft & Swordplay. Simple mechanics (2d6 roll over). It is both grim and cinematic at the same time.
What are your thoughts on Roll Under games?