Kickstarter – World Wide Wrestling RPG by Nathan D. Paoletta: A wrestling RPG Powered by the Apocalypse
Here’s something I don’t tell someone every day: I love professional wrestling. Until recently, I really hadn’t watched much in over a decade (although the WWE Network has, awful marketing aside, allowed me to just watch the pay-per-views and enjoy the Web-only NXT show) but there was something about professional wrestling that echoed in my soul. It is probably, as a child of the late-80’s and early 90’s, that I grew up during what was arguably the golden age of U.S. professional wrestling – The height of Hulk Hogan’s run with the likes of Earthquake, Jake the Snake Roberts and – my favorite – The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. And so I’ve always had a passing interesting in wrestling RPGs. Not that I’m likely to play one any time soon, but the conceit of a roleplaying game centered on pro wrestling, mechanically, intrigues me.
And so it is, at least, that I get to World Wide Wrestling from Nathan D. Paoletta, which has a Kickstarter running right now ending on September 15, 2014. The art for the playbooks looks solid, the game is Powered by the Apocalypse (i.e., uses the system popularized by Apocalypse World which I love dearly for powering the amazing Dungeon World) and allows for ongoing feuds, determining how ‘over’ your wrestler gets and for determining the growth of your federation. Even better, there are playtest rules available right now. I haven’t spent much time with them yet, but they might be helpful to give you a better idea of what the game is about, anyway. A PDF copy of the game runs $10 through the Kickstarter and a physical copy is $20 with a listed delivery date of April 2015.