I recently discovered Mouse Guard, the tabletop roleplaying game. It looks like a really cool concept, and even though the protagonists are mice, that does not make the game childish at all. More so than not, it has to be played with a sense of maturity and understanding, as it delves deep into the psyches of the characters, more than bigger, more popular games that center on combat.
The ruleset uses the Burning Wheel rules, making it ideal for characters with interesting personalities and defined nature.
Mouse Guard, as I understand, started off as a series of comics, which describe a snapshot of the most recent history of The Territories, as they are called; of the lands where mice built their homes on and got organised.
The players are part of the Guard, mice that are sworn to protect The Territories and the mice in it, to escort them from town to town, to ward off predators and sometimes to settle disputes between settlements, or sent off to rescue and help other mice.
The fact that the players ultimately play mice might alienate some people and make them think Mouse Guard is not for them, but I urge those people to find the book, have a read, and see what they think. The world is detailed, believable in a medieval setting, and the way even non-player characters are detailed makes the player really want to get involved in the affairs of The Territories, and to bond with their character in a unique way.
Even though Mouse Guard is about, of course, mice, that does not make the game childlike. It is for all ages, in the way that Tolkein’s ‘The Hobbit’ is for all ages. It might be in a world of fantasy (Though there is no magic in Mouse Guard), but there is still violence, death and evil personae. But everything is tinged with a sense of optimism and light-heartedness, like in ‘The Hobbit’. Unless of course, as a GM, you don’t want it to be, which is fine. The game allows the GM to fiddle with it and do as they please, it is flexible enough for that.
So I urge you to try this game out, and if you do, contact me and let me know, as I am very eager to play this online.
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