From Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Leggedy Beasties

Although I'm not as big a fan of Mayfair's second edition of Chill as I am of Pacesetter's first edition, I still think it's a good game. (That is, aside from the flaws I mention in the comments section of this post.) I'd consider using it to run a contemporary game in a gothic horror vein, and I'd be more than willing to sit on the player's side of the screen.

Anyway, for those of you who play Chill 2E, here's a simple character sheet:

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  1. May I ask why you prefer the Pacesetter version?

  2. Good question. Honestly, I think it's mostly a visceral thing. If I had to decide the better edition based solely the merits of the game system, I'd easily concede that the Mayfair edition has the cleaner, tighter system.

    But when I put the games side by side, it's the Pacesetter edition that calls to me. The design of that edition just oozes gothic horror, IMHO. The abstract, highly stylized design of the Mayfair edition, also IMHO, doesn't ooze anything - except abstract, stylized design. Given two systems that are so close, if I'm forced to choose between them, I'll always pick the one whose package reinforces the atmosphere of the game. (As much as my inner Vulcan wants to say that I should not be swayed to choose a game based on appearance, I can't deny that I'm a human being; I'm as driven by my senses as I am by my intellect. The packaging, to me, is as important as the system it supports.)

  3. Okay, thanks for the further detail.

    A friend had and loved the Pacesetter.
    I preferred the Mayfair.

    It's all good. :)

  4. "I preferred the Mayfair."

    I'd like to pose the same question to you: why the preference?


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