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Way back before the world ended and I was but a tech adept, there were many genre's of RPG's. Some of them I really don't see much of anymore. I was wondering if some RPG genres have become lost.

 

Spy setting. I remember a lot of spy games. There was top secret, "mercenaries, spies and private eyes" and the James Bond rpg. Are there any espionage themed games left anymore? I don't seem to see any.

 

Post apocalypse. We had the silly ones like gamma world. We had the dead serious ones like twilight 2000 and the ones kinda in between like The Morrow Project. Is the post apocalypse genre still around? I know there's the "hell on earth" setting for deadlands.

 

Speaking of deadlands we used to have some western RPGs. Boot hill was TSRs offering. Now I think it's mostly deadlands as far as western like RPGs are concerned.

 

I also remember a few pirates RPGs like "pirates and plunder" and I think one was called "swashbucklers". The last one I heard of was the pretty negatively regarded Poison'd which I had no interest in.

 

Of course we have had new genres like the whole world of darkness style and a lot of personal horror settings. But I was wondering about the ones I rememebr or at least remember reading about as a little tech brat.

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Espionage: There's Merle Rasmussen's Top Secret: New World Order on Kickstarter. And of course there's Classified (a James Bond retroclone, updated for modern tech), as well as DWD Studios' Covert Ops.

 

Post Apocalypse: Goblinoid Games has Mutant Future and Goodman Games has the current edition of Metamorphosis Alpha.

 

There have been several westerns recently. Aces & Eights has been mentioned, and there was another recent one. But the biggie to me is that the award-winning Swedish role-playing game Western is finally getting an English translation via Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152089861/western-the-roleplaying-game

 

I'm sure there are others, but it's hard to keep up with the plethora of new products coming out all the time. The barriers to entry are so low in this market, we get tons of new product all the time, and they tend to stay around forever now, one way or another.

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Post-apocalyptic: Paranoia started shipping to Kickstarter backers in March.

 

Western: Aces & Eights has a current edition; Reloaded. This was also a Kickstarter project.

There's a copy of the painting used on the cover for Aces & Eights hanging on the wall next to me.

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Triple Ace Games has a Musketeer swashbuckler using their Ubiquity system called All For One. By default it includes (historically appropriate) monsters, but those are easily left out or relegated to superstition if you want a straight Musketeer game.

 

But yeah, swashing your buckle is one of those genres that pops up now and then, with long stretches of nothing. GDW's En Garde! Waaaaaay back in 1975 was one of the earliest RPGs of them all, but it's never been a common RPG genre for some reason.

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Unfortunatly, the Spy genre has turned from Bond to Bourne. Even the recent Kingsmen film lamented the trend of depressing espionage movies.

Perhaps with the Kingsman sequel coming out things may reverse themselves.

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