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.
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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.