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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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.

Gundam, One Piece, and Ouran High are generally best served by different games. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The roll-under vs roll-over thing isn’t really that different, it’s just the difficulty bems a penalty to the dice roll in roll-under and an inflating Target Bems in roll over. So that’s entirely subjective. You can always scale enemies up to match players, so just make sure they’re roughly on the same level. I can guarantee there will be a more focused game that serves that role better. It’s basically BESM without that 12 limit. Do not submit posts looking for players, groups or games.

Currently there are only a scant few traces of BESM anywhere on White Wolf’s main site, and they made it rpy that they are not intending to support the system in any way, effectively killing the game. But a lot 2e Revised scaled poorly once you started rising in power.

However, there’s a wide variety of systems that do similar things. A 1st edition character can easily fit on a post-it note. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. In a way, it’s a simpler version of GURPS – now where near as robust but it gets the job done without as much fuss.

I grew up with BESM, so it’s always been near and dear to my heart. It also reworded many of the rules and abilities to make them clearer and easier to understand.


r;g Guardians of Order Roleplaying Weeaboo. Simply defined characters with vaguely defined powers. Nesm think Second Edition was the best. Rules These rules can be viewed in greater detail here. I just checked Amazon, and they were outrageous. Quite a bsem things which were seperate powers in 2nd edition, get replaced with a footnote of to get power X, take Power Y and nesm the following customisations.

It’s an easy-to-learn point buy system that’s also pretty easy to play, and all you need are 2d6. 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.

Starting inGuardians of Order replaced the company’s previous practice of producing stand-alone games for anime series for which they had obtained licenses with Ultimate Fan Guides — a series of supplements for BESM which combine information beem the episodes, characters and themes of anime series with statistics and game information for those series.

Also, all the BESM books are up on DriveThru so there’s no worry about finding the materials at a reasonable price no matter what edition you pick. Another company will be publishing it and providing future support. What sort of game do they want to run? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But maybe I just never gave it a fair shake. Be warned, there isn’t really a stock setting, so you’ll have to generate your own or borrow one from somewhere.

Ads by Project Wonderful! For the flavor, though, the first edition was best, but I also enjoyed BESM d20 for what it brought to the d20 rules set. Also, take a look at OVA, its a nice balance between 1e and 2e and is still in print. Most comprehensive yet still retains some of the original’s elegance. I’ve never looked much at 3e, so I can’t comment on that. The actual mechanics are almost identical between editions once all your abilities are down on paper. New versions of Centauri Knights and Uresia were released under the new version.

Later came a revised book that updated the core rules with three years worth of errata, as well as the crunch from many their various genre books, such as Hot Rods and Gun Bunnies and Cute and Fuzzy Cockfighting Seizure Monsters.


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Like bessm said, it isn’t a genre. While I haven’t played 1st or 3rd, based on my experiences with 2nd and the problems beem it – which came down to people having a lot of trouble figuring out how to mechanically represent their character concept, I’d think that 1e is the version to go with. The real question here is to figure out what kind of game you’re looking to run. Roll-under the GM generally tells the player the difficulty bes then they do the math and tell the GM if they succeeded or not, where roll-over the generally player tells the GM what they rolled, the GM compares with the TN and tells the player if the succeeded or not.

But for reference, I think you made characters with 60 character points in 2nd and in 3rd, so there is a lot of bloat there. 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. What’s the most fun version of BESM? The book is now standard 8. Do not submit video game content unless the game is based on a tabletop RPG property and is newsworthy.

This makes for much more ridgedly defined characters, and much larger character sheets. Big Eyes, Small Mouth is a rog role-playing game that was designed to simulate the action of tpg and manga.


You can pretty much allow ability up to level 2. There were also d20 fanguides created for Hellsing and Trigun. The above image is licensed under GPL 2. The rules allow for games to be played in any anime setting, from high-school romantic comedy to pet monster shows to dark horror.

Best version of BESM self. For example, higher levels of telepathy would allows you to use it on more targets simultaneously, and also increase the range.