Normally, missing my weekly gaming fix causes me to fall into an episode slightly reminiscent of the withdrawal scene in Trainspotting...well, minus the dead baby hallucinations.
On this gameless Sunday, however, I have eased the pain with a Bioware game (which act in much the same fashion as Renton's opium suppositories when I can't play the "real thing"), and I've been paging gingerly through the Alternity Player's Handbook, making mental comparisons between the two systems. I will say that Alternity seems to have a lot more complexity, which is a strike against it, but it also seems to have a lot more flavor. It also seems to have less bookkeeping and less rules for what happens when you fail to pay off your mortgage, so we'll see... at any rate, I need to make my decision soon.
Now, I do have a legit question for you lads and ladies out there in blogland. I understand there is some commonality between Chaosium's Basic Role-playing and Newt Newport's OpenQuest. If anyone out there is familiar enough to know, please tell me: is OpenQuest similar enough to stand in for BRP? I ask only because I have a (mostly theoretical) interest in Chaosium's new "Chronicles of Future Earth" setting, but the interest is not strong enough to push me to buy both the BRP corebook and Chronicles. I need another gaming corebook like I need a fourth nipple, but I'm always down for new settings to refresh my imagination (read: steal from.) Please to be answering question.
In other news, a fellow with whom I have occasionally gamed (he was present for about half my AD&D game) has informed me of his intention to run Palladium Fantasy 2nd edition. I wonder if I can fit any more gaming into my schedule...