Who Rolls Up the NPCs? Homeric Poetry As an RPG

One of my intrepid students sent me a link to this tumblr page which imagines the Iliad and the Odyssey as the product of one long role-playing game. Why did she send it to meBecause I constantly joke about the ‘campaigns’ of myth in terms only those who have wielded a 20-sided die might enjoy.

Image result for ancient roman 20 sided die

Now, I am doubly happy because I have met the Commander of Trash in person at the University of Tennessee. I am now triply happy because I hitherto believed  that there was not a Homeric Heroes RPG . But there is! A Trojan War RPG has debuted in the world! And there was an Odysseus game published almost 40 years ago (enough time to go to Troy and come back twice.)

I have used role-playing techniques before in modeling historical battles, but I have never tried a D&D campaign. I imagine that it could be exciting, engrossing, and a little intense. You know, like the Trojan War.

Image result for ancient roman 20 sided dieThey are not playing a board game, they are distributing points to NPCs.

I would love to hear from anyone who has played these games to know what they’re like. But more importantly, what traditional D&D class would Odysseus be? (I think thief or bard, probably). What kind of a + defense would Achilles’ armor have? What happens if you roll a 1 when wielding Philoktetes’ bow?

I have more questions–but for now I will just be contemplating Achilles’ charisma score.

8 thoughts on “Who Rolls Up the NPCs? Homeric Poetry As an RPG

  1. Awesome! I haven’t played these particular games but when I was teaching ancient history, I often used “character sheets” to give my students people they need to think like as part of in class work and paper writing.

  2. One more from me, there’s another RPG called “Pendragon” that has a Glory mechanic which would work perfectly as a κλεος count.

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