Arthur over at Refereeing and Reflection has posted a review of the late ’90s British indie horror RPG Principia Malefex. His review is spot on and picks apart the clunky system, reactionary politics, and dreary setting stuffed with mundane details about everyday life in ’90s Britain.
I’m not going to defend Principia Malefex. I agree with essentially everything Arthur has written (as is so often the case). Despite all that, I nevertheless find Principia Malefex a fascinating curio of British indie gaming history. It not only predates The Forge, it predates indie games like Obsidian: The Age of Judgement (the indie RPG that originally inspired Ron Edwards to start The Forge).[Read more…]