First Impressions of Mythic

About a week ago I happened upon the Mythic gaming system at DriveThruRPG. I wasn't actually looking for it, but it came up on the "Others have also bought these products" page. (There's good marketing for you!)

It's an intriguing idea. The author, tired of not having people to play RPGs, or not having time to come up with scenarios, set about to create a gaming system that would allow on the fly gaming for Role Playing Games. This may be used with any game system so you can play D&D or Call of Cthulhu or even Illuminati, for that matter. The only thing that limits you is your imagination for spinning storylines.

I must admit that I was (and still am) a little dubious. I find it hard to believe that such a system would actually work very well. I was quite surprised at the number of positive reviews. Though, as we all know, all reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt.

That being said, the approach reminds me a bit of the Once Upon A Time card game, where players take their story in a variety of directions based on what kind of cards they have. It's a very enjoyable game, so why wouldn't something like this work just as well? In both cases you make heavy use of Lateral Thinking and can probably come up with surprising results. I know that you can for Once Upon a Time, at least.

So, I have picked up the PDFs and am going through the rules. So far it looks interesting enough to try. I'll have to do another post later to report my findings.

Mythic looks like it will be an extremely creative exercise. My hope is that it will be fun too.