The World of Synnibarr
The World of Synnibarr, 2nd edition
|Designer(s)||Raven C.S. McCracken
|Publication date||1991 (first edition)
1993 (second edition)
The World of Synnibarr (sometimes referred to simply as Synnibarr) was a multi-genre role-playing game published by Wonderworld Press and written by Raven c.s. McCracken. A second edition of the game, co-written by Bryce Thelin, was published in 1993. It is noted largely for its exceptionally complex design. However, the game has since developed a "cult following" and is considered one of the earliest "complete science fantasy/fiction RPG in one book, where every possible situation is covered."
A third edition of the game (tentatively known as Synnibarr Invicta) is in the final stages of completion and is expected to be released in 2014.
Synnibarr is actually Mars 50,000 years in the future, hollowed out and turned into a spaceship to take humanity to a safe place after the Earth had been destroyed. Civilization is beginning to be rebuilt after a series of disasters and technology is practiced as a religion. Synnibarr is also noted for bizarre monsters, including the Giant Mutant Fire Clam and the Flying Grizzly (capable of shooting laser beams from its eyes). Guilds and organizations play a major role in the Synnibarr 'Worldship'. Mortals are often able to interact with immortals, demi-gods and even the gods themselves.
Most rolls are of percentile dice (d100) though some are additive while others use a roll-under mechanic. The third edition game mechanic replaces the previous percentile system with a streamlined skill-based system, where resolve and experience create cogency levels that are pitted against opposing cogency levels for determining results.
Some consider it a bad example of a role playing game.
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