Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game

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Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game
Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Designer(s)Luke Crane, David Petersen
Publisher(s)Archaia Studios Press
Publication date2008
Genre(s)Anthropomorphic Fantasy
System(s)Burning Wheel

The Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game is a tabletop role-playing game created by Luke Crane based on the Mouse Guard comics and his own Burning Wheel system. It won the 2008 Origins Award for best roleplaying game[1] and numerous Indie RPG awards,[2][3][4] as well as being silver winner for three ENnies[5] and shortlisted for the 2009 Diana Jones Award.[6] Boom! Studios' imprint Archaia Entertainment released a second edition of the game on 3 November 2015.[7]

The Game[edit]

The game itself has been released in two editions - a hardback in 2008 and a deluxe boxed set was brought out in 2011.[8]

Setting[edit]

Mouse Guard is a pseudo-medieval setting about an order of anthropomorphic mouse rangers. The setting itself was written by David Petersen in a series of Eisner award winning comics. Many details of the setting such as "How does a mouse become a member of the Mouse Guard" were fleshed out specifically for the RPG.[9]

System[edit]

The game system is a simplified version of the Burning Wheel system, using standard six-sided dice, with each result of a 4-6 being a success. Each character has an overriding belief, an immediate goal, and an instinct that guides them, all with mechanical weight.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception was strong, with the Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game winning numerous industry awards. Tor.com called it "a fantastic game which challenges players imagination and creativity."[10]

The 2011 Box Set was called "easily the most beautiful RPG I have ever laid eyes on" by Wired.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2008 Origins Award winners Archived 27 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Indie RPG Awards 2008 Game of the Year
  3. ^ Indie RPG Awards 2008 Best Production
  4. ^ 2008 Indie RPG Awards Best Support
  5. ^ 2009 ENnie Awards
  6. ^ Diana Jones Award 2009 Nominees
  7. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Guard-Roleplaying-Game-2nd/dp/1608867560
  8. ^ Morgan, Matt (15 July 2011). "Unboxing: Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game box set". MTV. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. ^ Petersen talks "Mouse Guard" Role-Playing Game - Comic Book Resources, 5 May 2008
  10. ^ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game - Tor.com 6 August 2009
  11. ^ The Mouse Guard RPG Box Set: An In-depth Review - Wired Magazine, 13 December 2011