Roleplaying and diversity can be a difficult subject, and it’s not one I see addressed very often. Now here is a military sci-fi action horror game that doesn’t frame the player as a beefy angry man that shoots at things. The player is a marine, nothing more and nothing less.
The character bios are all written in a gender-neutral way. The opportunities for characterisation are endless, and for once in a military game, I don’t feel boxed into a gendered stereotype by a pre-gen character. I feel like Samus, encased in armour and powerful. The stats themselves don’t diminish this either.
I Love the Corps uses something akin to a sanity mechanic, where characters can succumb to horrors. Characters can reach a point where they can begin ‘Losing it’. This may be a minor point, but for those of us who have suffered with mental health issues, it’s nice to play a game where I’m not being told my character has gone ‘crazy’ or ‘insane’.
Moreover, the system itself is so easy to run and understand that it doesn’t exclude players with learning difficulties. Each ‘beat’ plays out like a movie scene, and each of the 8 stats are stripped back enough to make it simple, without losing your core roleplaying elements.
I Love the Corps is a military game I can run for gamers of all kinds, without having to censor or rewrite parts of it to be more inclusive. Makes a nice change when you're roleplaying with other women who may not have felt included in RPG spaces and settings before. Would definitely recommend and have played many many times :)
Ms. Hafsa Qureshi
[5 of 5 Stars!]