BESM, short for “Big Eyes, Small Mouth”, is a table-top RPG created with the aim to capture the feel of anime and manga in its gameplay. If you’re looking for a generic anime game, BESM will probably serve you The editing is a bit above average for an RPG, and while there are. N. BESM: ThE aniME and Manga rpg. forEword. Big Eyes, Small Mouth was born in out of a desire to play anime adventures and from a lack of any similar.

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For the flavor, though, the first edition was best, but I also enjoyed BESM d20 for what it brought to the d20 rules set.

BESM may not be the strongest option for beam although it is very generic, so it can cover a lot of bases decently. Just make sure their attacks can’t do more than 30 damage without some sort of drawback, the don’t have more than 20 armor without some weakness or limitation, their attack combat value is max 9, and defense combat value is max 7.

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Views Read Edit View history. Want to add to the discussion? The new edition features a change in the Tri-Stat game mechanic from a “roll-under” to the “roll-over rpt hit a target number” found in other games.

Please browse through our FAQ before posting. I only looked it over like once, when it came out, and I was probably feeling a little burned out on d20 at the time. There are likely better systems to do what the OP is looking for, but without additional information, it’s hard to say what will work best. If you go with 2nd edition, I recommend a small house rule, where if a character succeeds on their defense roll, but by less than the attack succeeded, they take half damage instead of none.


It is frequently referred to by the acronym BESM. Couple weeks late getting back to this, but I was referring to the 3rd edition using Tri-Stat, not the d20 edition. The actual mechanics are almost identical between editions once all your abilities are down on paper. Your ad here, right now: BESM, at least both 2nd and 3rd editions, are perfectly fine systems. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities.

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Almost all the crunch is in character creation though. This is the exact same system as used in 2nd edition, except that it uses 2d10 instead of 2d6 for resolution and other things are adjusted accordingly.

Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help. Retrieved from ” https: Company president Mark C. In addition, several genre based supplements were published for the game, as well as two rpf settings: Instead of publishing complete games as they had done previously, the licensed books were published as ” Ultimate Fan Guides “. Meaning that you don’t really need the suplements. During the time of the revised second edition, to jump on the bandwagon of the d20 SRD craze, they released an abhorrently broken BESMd The White Wolf wiki has two entries about the game, one detailing the history game bedm, another the setting seed from third edition.

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It clarified a lot of things from 1e, but is largely compatible. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy.


This has scaling issues in high powered games, pretty much once one of your attributes gets into double digits, things get kind of weird. Like you said, it isn’t a genre. Anime role-playing games Canadian role-playing bessm Comedy role-playing games D20 System Fantasy role-playing games Guardians of Order games Role-playing games introduced in Superhero role-playing games. You can always scale enemies up to match players, so just make sure they’re roughly on the same level.

Most comprehensive yet still retains some of the original’s elegance. Also, take a look at OVA, its a nice balance between 1e and 2e and is still in print.

Do not submit video game content unless the game is based on a tabletop RPG property and is newsworthy. What sort of game do they want to run? I also own and have played 3rd edition, but Epg never quite grokked to it. It has no formal connection to BESM, but I would argue that it’s a sort of “spiritual successor” with a lot of the same feeling, nesm streamlined and cleaned up. I just checked Amazon, and they were outrageous. BESM isn’t really “anime” as such, it’s a generic system themed with anime-esque art and descriptions.

So that’s entirely subjective. Comments deemed abusive may be removed by moderators. The rules allow for games to be played in any anime setting, from high-school romantic comedy to pet monster shows to dark horror. The book is now standard 8.