RPG Spotlight: Corporia

This column is part of an ongoing series highlight RPGs that I like and feel are not as well known as they deserve. 

So, I’ve stopped reviewing RPGs on this blog (you can see the post why HERE), but not reviewing RPGs has caused my already sporadic blog output to drop. So, I need to do something else.

I decided to highlight RPGs I love, and try to increase awareness of clever, fun, or interesting RPGs that I wish more people played. It’ll be hard to distinguish why this is different than a review (I won’t give ratings for starters). Consider these less a “review” and more a “recommendation” as if we were talking in person and you asked me to refer a lesser known RPG for you to purchase.

So let’s start with Corporia!


http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product_info.php?products_id=127226&filters=0_0_44825_0_0&manufacturers_id=6049

Cover Image from DriveThruRPG


I love Arthurian RPGs (Pendragon first and foremost and I’m very fond of Keltia), and I love science fiction in it’s many and sundry forms, so that’s pretty great. I reviewed it previously (HERE) and I was pretty positive.

I still am, and I chose this game for my first spotlight for two reasons.

  1. This is a great game that deserves more market penetration. It’s not perfect, but it’s clever, innovative, and different, and I think that’s well worth taking a look at it.
  2. Mark is a talented designer who knows how to put together an useful and stylized product, and I want more Corporia stuff, so if I highlight this and he gets more sales, maybe I’ll get more Corporia stuff!

(Hear that Mark? I want more Corporia. We should talk.)

So what is Corporia? It’s near-future corporate dystopia where you play characters who are supernaturally empowered (or straight reincarnations out of Arthurian myth) attempting to protect the world (a la X-Files, Angel or Torchwood). It’s sort of Shadowrun but less punk, and a bit more mythical, and very well done.

It takes place in a generic city, with lots of cool details, some groan inducing plays on Arthurian mythos (the X-Caliber laser pistol for one), and a lot of potential for fun, dramatic, and cool play.

I’d suggest you take a look. It’s on DriveThuRPG and RPGNow as a Print on Demand product.

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RPG Review: Corporia

It’s no secret I like Knights. And I’m a rather huge sci-fi nerd. So when the kickstarter for Corporia popped up on one of my interwebular forays, I was intrigued. Scanning the kickstarter, I then read the synopsis, and I was moved past intrigued into the realm of purchasing.  This is essentially Camelot meets Shadowrun. Here is how the author describes it:


Corporia is an urban fantasy tabletop role-playing game set in the near future, featuring the return of magic and the Knights of the Round Table. It’s what happens when you mix Camelot with a spoonful of Torchwood, add a pinch of cyberpunk, a dash of Joss Whedon’s Angel, and a sprinkling of Shadowrun


 

Well. I can play a cybernetically enhanced, reincarnated knight of the round table? What is stopping me!

Nothing actually. So I forked out my money (gladly) and now my copy is here! So let’s break the book down!

1.) Production Quality: The book is a little smaller then I anticipated, and a bit thinner. Not poorly made, I just wasn’t anticipating the size. It also came a little warped from transit, but that’s nothing some use won’t straighten out. The pages are nicely made, the lay out is read and refreshing. Overall, 8/10 here.

2.) Art: Um. So ALL the art in the book is still photographs. While it is different and very eye catching, (I understand the intent is to make the corebook look like an employee manual), it get old, and frankly starts to look cheap. I could easily pick out the water and NERF guns they’d obtained from Wal-mart and spraypainted to look like weapons. It was a clever attempt, but I can’t help but feel that it could have been better delivered.

On the upside, the cover is probably one of my favorite RPG covers since Michael Whelan’s Stormbringer cover so kudos there. 4/10 (The cover was three of those 4 points).

3.) Fluff. This game has fluff, and what they have is good, but it’s intentionally kept light to be played in so the GM can change whatever he wants. I always consider that a win. 10/10

4.) Mechanics. The mechanics are solid. Interesting, different and effective. Character creation was a little clunky the first time through, but by the third try it was flowing nice and smoothly, and was easy to teach to new players. The actual play mechanics took a bit of working to get into the groove of using, but once we did, they were nice and fun. A better play by play example might have alleviated the problem. I’m not sure. 8/10


 

So. Does Corporia deliver on all my knights and cyberpunk goodness I’ve wanted? Pretty much yes.

Personally, I think the game would benefit from several “1-Page” adventures or a campaign book.  Maybe I’ll just set out to make one. That’ll be easier.

Overall rating? Frankly, I’ll get it a 7/10. The art is my only real complaint, and I can’t wait to migrate my regular group to Corporia for our gaming needs.

If you wanna pick up a PDF copy, here it is:

Drive Thru RPG

RPG NOW

And you can visit the companies website at: http://www.brabblemark.com/