I have, as is generally the case, been thinking about gaming in general as well as my writing. As of late the majority of my time has been spent working on a fantasy setting using the Monsters and Magic system. It has been a great amount of fun and quite different from my normal train of thought. I have even found myself wondering if I may have found a system that will handle all of (if not a lot of) my system needs.
This question brought to mind the question of systems and how many is enough. By that I mean how many is necessary to fulfill a players needs? I guess that is something of a pointless question since only the individual can answer that question. I wonder if maybe the quest of finding the 'perfect' system is a moot point really since there are just so many options out there.
As is the case of most gamers I have slews of game systems and settings that I have purchased over the years. Now admittedly there are only a tiny of handful of these that I have actually used but I try to read as many of them as possible. With anything one buys there is always the chance of getting total dud and I wish I could say I haven't spent my money on any of them. The truth is I have...many times.
What I try to do is find at least something of interest in these less-than-ideal products for inspiration. This has served me well for many years and has helped me over some humps in my creativity. That being said I have to change my way of looking at things somewhat since I decided to no longer work on creating my own system.
There are several games out there that I really dig. Fortunately most of the ones I really enjoy are now using the OGL or a Creative Commons license which means I am free to do products for them pretty much as I see fit. In some ways this is much more liberating than working up my own system from the ground-up. I can use existing rule-sets and just create stuff for them regardless of their individual mechanics. This allows me to do what I want and move on.
There are many games that I hope to do work for. There is of course G-Core and now Invulnerable that I want to crank out some material for but I was also reminded of the game Supers! that I really enjoy. All of these systems alone can keep me busy for a good long time... and that is if I were to stick solely to the comic-book genre.
With fantasy I am still working pretty much entirely with the M&M system although there has been some thought of using D20 Modern as a basis for my techno-fantasy setting. These two systems are dramatically different and although I truly like the D20 Modern system I can't get entirely into it due to the amount of work involved in doing a OGL product.
That being said, what is enough for the typical gamer?