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    Question about running a Pulp style game

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    Hey all, kinda new to the forums, first post as well. I was thinking about running a pulp style game and was wondering what would be the best system to use for this?
    I wanted it to be early 30's where all the players are mobsters, after stumbling upon a certain manuscript in their stolen goods they find a map to an ancient lost civilization. After acquiring the appropriate funding, they start their journey. So basically an Indiana Jones setting with John Dillinger, Baby face Nelson type players. Possible? Yes or no? I was thinking about Hollow Earth expedition or Spirit of the Century, but as I haven't played either, I'm unsure if it's in the realm of possibilities given the systems.

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    I know Savage Worlds can do it, there's even a setting specific for that called Trilling Tales.

    I'm pretty sure Hollow Earth will be good for those as well. I'm pretty sure those are the type of games it was designed for. I'm not familiar with Spirit of the Century though, so I can't say what it can be used for.

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    You story arc for your campaign is extremely plausible for the genre and I will absolutely second Q-man's suggestion to use Savage Worlds. It is the perfect system for pulp and is easy to learn as well as play.

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    Well it xepends on the style of Pulp your going for. Serious, whimsical etc. Also the type
    of game. Savage Worlds is a great two fisted game that you can scale how realistic/deadly
    you want the game to be. Spirit of the Century uses the FATE system. It is more of a
    group storytelling game where the players have a lot of influence on the game.
    I totally think everyone should buy Spirit of the Century just for the GMing tips even
    if you dont run that game. Other games that use the FATE system is Dresden Files,
    Starblazers, Legends of Anglerre. It is a great system but if your players are used to Hack
    and Slash there is a hurdle and min/max players might have a problem. I really like
    both systems.

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    I agree with Saulster on the point of what style your going for. Also I agree with Q-man and Lazarus as far as SW is concerned!

    Basic Role-Playing, the system that Call of Cthulhu uses, is a good one for skill based characters and can be quite gritty/deadly if that's the way you want to go. I really like BRP because I'm not to fond of level based systems. But I also like SW and am using for a Weird West campaign that I'm running.
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    Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to look into Savage Worlds, haven't played it yet, so it'll take me a bit to get the system down. Thanks again, you guys have helped a lot.

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    Hollow Earth Expedition is a beautiful and fun game. It's also perfect for what you are trying to do. I'd pick up the Secrets of the Surface World supplement, however, for the particular campaign you are trying to run.

    Best,

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    Pulp Hero is a good system to try.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unobtanium View Post
    Hey all, kinda new to the forums, first post as well. I was thinking about running a pulp style game and was wondering what would be the best system to use for this?
    I wanted it to be early 30's where all the players are mobsters, after stumbling upon a certain manuscript in their stolen goods they find a map to an ancient lost civilization. After acquiring the appropriate funding, they start their journey. So basically an Indiana Jones setting with John Dillinger, Baby face Nelson type players. Possible? Yes or no? I was thinking about Hollow Earth expedition or Spirit of the Century, but as I haven't played either, I'm unsure if it's in the realm of possibilities given the systems.

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    You story arc for your campaign is extremely plausible for the genre and I will absolutely second Q-man's suggestion to use Savage Worlds. It is the perfect system for pulp and is easy to learn as well as play. brazzers pornhub xhamster
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    after stumbling upon a certain manuscript in their stolen goods they find a map to an ancient lost civilization. After acquiring the appropriate funding, they start their journey. So basically an Indiana Jones setting with John Dillinger, Baby face Nelson type players. Possible? Yes or no? I was thinking about Hollow Earth expedition or Spirit of the Century

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