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[ANIMA] Beyond Fantasy - Charts... thousands of charts!

RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
edited December 2008 in Critical Failures
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What's Anima?
Anima is a freshly translated RPG that took Spain by storm, and after a looong translation cycle, has finally been properly translated! It tends towards the fantasy side of things, with a built-in setting, rules for magic, and a variety of other genre tropes, and it also takes a LOT of inspiration from the Anime side of things. Just look at that book cover art to see what I mean.

Anima boasts a totally rad character creation/customization process, which has rules for things like creating your own martial arts style.

You start off as a pretty awesome human, but as you level up(yes, Rainfall is plugging a system that uses levels, go 'way!) you end up trumping most fantasy characters you've ever read about. It's good stuff!

Why should I care?
Because this is YOUR chance to pick up a new system along with a bunch of other people who have never tried it! This thing is in its first edition, and has been out for a couple of months. We'll all blunder through everything together, and it'll be a great time! Nobody is going to whine about 'doing it wrong' or 'goddamn newbies!' Well, we will now, but only for irony.

So what are YOU doing with it?
Well, Monday nights are clear for me. That means that I'm doing something with Anima on Monday nights. That's MST, or GMT -7 for you savages. My idea is that we do a sort of rotating GM situation, where everyone runs a short story for a month or so with everyone else's character, then hops back into play. Eventually someone will want to run something more long-term, and we can settle into a traditional campaign style. Or maybe we'll find a new system to play with.

Let's talk about me. What do I need?
The Anima book! It's available from most online retailers who deal in RPG books, and it's not too pricey, only being forty-ish dollars, which is damnably good value for the artwork in the book. Unless you don't like anime stylings, in which case this probably isn't for you.
You also need IRC, since that's the most convenient thing to do. 2 d10s are great as well, but I have a diceroller if you REALLY can't get your polyhedrons together.
You also need free Monday evenings.

What if I've never RPG'd before?
Not a problem! This system is nothing like the familiar western systems most of us experienced people are used to, and a fresh start is always good on the actual roleplaying side of things. Trust me, you won't be at a disadvantage, and you're totally welcome.

Whine bitch moan arrgh stupid!
Screw you too!

Did you mention awesome artworks?
Yeah, Anima is headlined by Wen-M, a guy with a stunning sense of style. The rest of the art is also awesome, but I'm not going to link a bunch of images here because all the good ones are REAL BIG. Check out that site, though. If you like the arts he's posting, you'll like Anima.

~Discuss!

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  • Premier kakosPremier kakos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm so in it isn't even funny.

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  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    What time were you thinking about playing on Monday night?

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Whenever's convenient for the most people. I have all of Monday off of work, AND all of Tuesday, so the time on Monday isn't a problem.

  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    8:00 -> or so your time would be ideal for me. Is there any anime in particular this game most closely resembles?

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Not being a huge anime buff, I couldn't really say. The setting itself isn't integral to the game, unlike a few other systems out there(Exalted, looking at you) and the ruleset itself is classic fantasy, but with psychic powers and martial arts thrown in there for fun. I suppose Princess Mononoke would be the closest thing I could think of to match it, but bear in mind that my anime experience is pretty limited. Most of the stuff I watch ends up being sorta scifi as opposed to fantasy.

  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    How complexicated is the character creation? Too many rules makes my head spin...

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    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    From what I've seen of it(I honestly haven't dived too deep into the rules) and heard, Character Creation is the most complex part of the game. You've got a lot of choice, and a lot of ways to do things, so naturally it ends up a little complicated.

  • PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This looks interesting.

    I'd need to check my Monday availability. Also, I need to learn to GM somewhere.

    Rain, I think you have an addiction.

  • PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Upon checking, I indeed do have Mondays open, but not the tenth of November.

    Playing with you guys would be awesome.

    I feel the urge to make a character that involves pyrotechnics.

  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    If I can find the book, color me interested.

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  • JacquesCousteauJacquesCousteau Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm in. Definitely interested in making my own style of face-punching. Will look for the book.

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm tempted, but I'm not sure if I'd be able to dedicate Mondays to this.

    Maybe I'll just keep an eye on this...

  • delrolanddelroland Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Can't do Monday evenings. I saw this in the game store, though; thought it was just another d20 game.

    Can you post an example of character creation and an example of combat?

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'll do that for you guys tonight, since I don't have the book here at work. Character Creation is pretty damn complex but everything I have seen about the combat makes it looks silky-sweet smooth.

    Sort of a scary contrast.

    But Anima is very not d20. It's a d100 system, although not percentile(which is tragic, percentiles are so so so simple to run)

  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Got it. The world seems very Final Fantasy-ish, at first glance at least.

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  • ArasakiArasaki Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This looks kind of fun, but Monday nights at GMT-7 would be a fucker.

    My only regret is that I didn't drink every pub dry and sleep with every woman on the planet.
  • Sheep Have WoolSheep Have Wool Registered User
    edited October 2008
  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Alright so I figure we can start mucking about with characters tomorrow night, around 8 MST(GMT -7) and see what we can come up with.

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  • PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    The setting is kind of convoluted for creating characters that will work together well. There's basically a bunch of sides, and most are diametrically opposed to each other. It's very much like Warhammer 40k. Most of Gaia (the world) is supposedly ruled by the Emperor, who at the moment is an Empress, but there are a lot of factions. What you have to do is decide at the start which side you play as, and that determines what type of game you're playing.

    Basically, you can play this in many ways - Mage style (Hidden supernatural dudes vs. big bad empire), James-bond style (Fantasy spies doing missions for the Empress), Greenpeace Style (Fight to save the hidden supernatural dudes), Indiana-Jones style (Delve dungeons and tombs for epic loots), and a load of other ways.

    However, we're going to play this like a fantasy Version of Dark Heresy, because let's face it, that's the best and only way to do it, and anyone who disagrees are heretics who need to be burnt.
    Spoiler:


    Groups that are not (generally) Heretics:

    The Church:(This is us!)
    Spoiler:

    The Heavenly Order:
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    Groups that are Heretics, and consequently, need to be burnt:

    Tol Rauko:
    Spoiler:

    The Samael:
    Spoiler:

    The Black Sun:
    Spoiler:

    The Wissenschaft:
    Spoiler:

    Groups that are stupid concepts, and consequently should be burnt:

    The Selene:
    Spoiler:

  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    So, Witchhunters?

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  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    books are so expensive

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    You retired the red-haired girl? Blasphemy.

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  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Her hair was orange and she will never be retired

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    You don't find the Retrievers appealing at all, Plutonium?

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  • PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Egos wrote: »
    You don't find the Retrievers appealing at all, Plutonium?

    While not directly heretics that must be cleansed by the holy flames of the Emperor, they work for them.

    Really though, they seem like generic Dungeon-crawler DnD types on a quest for treasure.

  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    those Tol Rauko guys sound intensely badass

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Guys guys guys. Take a deep breath.

    Remember one important thing! You don't have to start as members of an organization. Starting characters are starting characters. You can be a farmboy with a magic sword, it's a bit harder to be a member of one of the big organizations.

    And don't even THINK about being a member of Imperium or the Illuminati.

    Just throwing that out there, if you don't want to start affiliated with these groups.
    Spoiler:

  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
  • OtakuD00DOtakuD00D Too stupid to feel pain. San DiegoRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Oh, and here I thought ANIMA was a miniatures game. Cool!

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    There's also a miniatures game out for it, and a non-collectible card game.

  • Premier kakosPremier kakos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    Quick question: any restriction on what advantages/disadvantages we can and cannot take?

    I assume that Serious Illness is out because it'd be a pain in the ass to deal with the rotating DMs and all. Anything else?

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  • PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'd be fine with DM'ing the first few sessions, if I can get a hang of it.

    Would you guys mind posting your character concepts?

  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    For those who want a good character creation example, I found a handy thread on RPGnet, that has multiple characters done up, showcasing all the different subsystems.

    http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=414104

  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    We're we thinking of actually starting this monday?

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  • PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I've been reading through the book and I think I have a pretty good hang of the system.

    Like I mentioned earlier, I have a pretty good idea for an opening campaign, if you're Ok with letting me GM it.

    I would probably want a few more weeks to finish getting it ready. The 17'th of November would be best for me, as I have something coming up on the tenth, though I would also want to run prologues beforehand at your guy's leisure.

    Edit: The tenth is good for me

    Again, I would like anybody who's thinking of playing to post their character concepts.

  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Works for me! I'll be working on my character tonight, hopefully I'll get her done.

  • DarklyreDarklyre Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    If you've still got slots open, I'd be interested in taking a gander at the whole process.

  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Hey look I found a book

    Now I will follow with even more interest

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Darklyre wrote: »
    If you've still got slots open, I'd be interested in taking a gander at the whole process.

    I think there are four of us atm, so I think it should be ok?

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  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    btw, I still have a character planned. and will try and get it up soon.

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