What system would people recommend I run for friends who are completely new to tabletop rpgs and have only done freeform fan rp before? DnD-type games are way too limiting and technical; FATE-type games are so freeform that they can easily confuse new people. I’m thinking nWoD?
nWoD, and aberrant all work pretty well for new players in my experience. Maybe scion if they like the genre. Basically any white wolf game should work well enough.
nWoD is my winner so far, but I still haven’t entirely ruled out Mutants and Masterminds. The sticker is that Mutants and Masterminds would require extremely careful party selection because it’s inherently so goddamn broken, which is a problem because the superhero genre is a tough sell. (That and the dice system has the worst probability curves ever.)
I’ve had potential party members reject Vampire out of hand which is a pity because I think that’s a great setting for newbies (the vampire stereotypes used are well-known and easy to identify for people who haven’t rped before in my opinion), but I’ll look through Werewolf and Hunter and maybe consider those.
I’ve never tried Aberrant; not a huge fan of d20s but it’s hard to deny that they’re generally easy to grasp and if Mutants and Masterminds is on the list then Aberrant could probably do the same stuff better. I’ll check it out.