Mutant Future

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Mutant Future
Designer(s) Daniel Proctor and Ryan Denison
Publisher(s) Goblinoid Games
Publication date 2008 (original); 2010 (Revised Edition)
Years active 2008-present
Genre(s) Science Fantasy
Playing time Varies
Random chance Dice rolling
Skill(s) required Role-playing, improvisation, tactics, arithmetic
Website http://www.goblinoidgames.com/mutantfuture.html

Mutant Future is a post-apocalyptic, science fantasy role-playing game created by Daniel Proctor and Ryan Denison and published by Goblinoid Games. The game is compatible with Labyrinth Lord, which emulates the rules of classic era Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) using the Open Game License (OGL) from Wizards of the Coast. The game is thematically patterned after genre predecessors such as Metamorphosis Alpha and its more widely known and published follow-up, Gamma World.

Distribution[edit]

Mutant Future is the second offering published by Goblinoid Games under the Open Gaming License (OGL), providing non-game publishers the ability to develop derivative content with few restrictions [1] as part of the Open Gaming Movement. While the game is not a true retro-clone, it nevertheless emulates gameplay of role-playing games from the "classic" (late 1970s and early 1980s) era.

A free version of Mutant Future, devoid of artwork, is available via PDF download on Goblinoid Games website. Illustrated printed copies are available through online print-on-demand publisher Lulu, as well as hobby gaming stores throughout the US.

Setting[edit]

Mutant Future's in-game setting is one of post-apocalyptic science fiction tropes, including global post-nuclear radiation, genetic mutation, dystopian societies, and advanced technology. Players choose from a variety of mutant animals, humans or plants; robots; and un-mutated "pure" human characters to portray.

Reception[edit]

Reviews of Mutant Future have been favorable, with prominent old-school renaissance RPG bloggers, including James Maliszewski, who gave the game "5 out of 5 Pole Arms" and wrote positively about the game: "All in all, Mutant Future is a very impressive game. I find it very inspiring and Daniel Proctor and Ryan Denison have given the old school community a huge gift with this product. Firstly, they have preserved not merely a genre that's not seen much play in recent years but also a style. Mutant Future is exuberantly gonzo."[2]

In the years since its first edition was published, the game's popularity with homebrew gamers has increased. Fight On![3] fantasy gaming enthusiast magazine has published supplemental material for Mutant Future through the Open-Game License.[4]

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