If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look at the Spark RPG. You may have heard about it on Twitter or whatever, but weren’t drawn in because the title isn’t THE SPARK OF DEATH or Emotional Sparks Galore or Sparkender or anything like that.
The title is simple. It’s a bit like a zen onion, with layers but chill about it. I’ll use the game’s on text:
In Lord of the Rings, Samwise pledged his loyal service to his friend Frodo. He was driven to uphold his word and lighten the heavy burden that was crushing his friend, and he braved incredible hardship to help Frodo. He explored the values of loyalty, bravery and sacrifice, which taught us a bit about ourselves.
He doesn’t talk about playing Aragorn, all ass-kicking. He doesn’t talk about playing the emo, tragic Frodo. Spark is about Samwise.
You have to understand that this is important to me, personally, because when I watch The Lord of the Rings, Samwise is the hero. He’s the one who makes the heroic choices without the benefit of being a great warrior or adept wizard.
I’ll let Jason take it from here.
If you back, you’ll get immediate access to the game’s pre-layout draft: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Jagash/the-spark-roleplaying-game/posts/426079. So give it a test-drive. You might like it.