Dresden Files Role Playing Game

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Books, RPG

In 2007 probably while watching an episode of Stargate SG-1 I saw an advertisement for a new show on Sci-Fi (yes when SyFy had a good name) called Dresden Files.  I had heard about a new show that was going to be based off of the Urban Arcana campaign setting from Wizards of the Coast.  After some research I found that the Dresden Files had taken that slot from Urban Arcana and I couldn’t be happier.  I quickly learned that the tv show was based off of a book series by Jim Butcher.  I anxiously waited for the first episode to première I watched it I liked it.  I actually watched a couple of more episodes and all in all not bad, but not the greatest show ever.  Then I was walking through Borders one day I just had finished a book and was looking for new book series to get interested in.  I decided to give it a shot.  A week later I was buying book 2 and 3.  Within a few short months I read all of the Dresden Files and loved every single one of them.  Then I decided I wanted to run a game in theDresdenuniverse.  But one problem no RPG existed.  Okay well lets try a similar setting.  So I bought my first World of Darkness book, the core book.  I like what they did but then I started talking about it to fellow roleplayers and found out that World of Darkness isn’t really made to have a party of different supernatural creatures.  Hmmm.  Okay.  I will keep investigating.  I bought Mage the Awakening.  It really didn’t grab me.  Well crap.  So I shelved theDresdengame idea for awhile.  The Monte Cook decided to release his version of the World of Darkness.  I picked up the book intrigued.  I drank the book in.  A really great modern d20 game setting and I love the system.  Unfortunately, McWod really didn’t fit withDresden.  On a side not I have ran a couple of games and played a couple of games in McWod and they were all a lot of fun I would recommend giving it a try.  In July of 2010 The Dresden Files RPG was released.  I was having a hard time with money so I didn’t pick myself up a copy.  But luckily I have a friend who had some extra money and knew I love the Dresden Files so he picked up a copy.  It has taken a year of reading the rules.  Of getting a good group together and being at a point to set up a new game but my chance came this Saturday.  The first game was a blast.  So I thought I would give a rundown of the game for those interested.


Dresden Files RPG uses the Fate system.  I won’t get into it here if you want a really good break down just Google Fate system or Dresden Files RPG there is a lot of information on both.  However, I was worried about how my group would deal with this system.  My group loves d20, we know the rules and we are use to it.  So anytime we play something else it takes a while for us to pick it up and 9 times out of 10 the game falls apart.  Luckily I had a good grasp of the rules and the game went really well. If you get a chance take a look at the RPG you don’t need to have read the novels to get a feel for the game the authors do a good job filling you in.  However I highly recommend reading the novels.

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