Welcome to the Angel Role-Playing Game section of the Warp Zone.

The Angel RPG was a sister game system to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG, both published by Eden Studios using a flavor of that company's Unisystem rules shared by other Eden games including Witchcraft and the zombie horror RPG All Flesh Must Be Eaten.

I ran an Angel game from 2005 to 2007, plus ran couple of one-off Buffy the Vampire Slayer games at conventions, and played in two Buffy campaigns in 2003 and 2004 respectively. In addition to the details on the campaigns and games I've run this site has some of the optional rules I've used when running the Angel and BTVS RPGs as well as some character stats from the games.

Lost Angels

The Lost Angels campaign was set in Los Angeles, the same as the Angel TV show was, and took place in the aftermath of the Angel series finale. Many of the same themes from the TV show were prevalent in the campaign. Firstly, the Angel series (discounting the last season) was very gritty, and the setting was generally dark, with just enough humor to keep things from getting too dark. The general themes of the show were of redemption and "fighting the good fight"; and each character in the series was trying to prove something, or redeem themselves, striving to become something better. Sometimes they succeeded, sometimes they failed, but the key was to never stop trying. (The campaign was based solely on the TV show, and presented a far different follow up to the series than the subsequent comic books have shown. The game took none of these comic stories into consideration, especially since most of them were published after the campaign had ended.)

Lost Angels followed the same themes, presenting the adventures of a new Champion selected by the Powers That Be and the group of people that joined him in that fight. The campaign structure was patterned after a regular American TV series. Each adventure was an "episode", and the bi-weekly schedule (with occasional missed sessions because of holidays and other reasons) meant there were 22 "episodes" in a year, neatly forming a typical TV season. The campaign (show) lasted for three years (seasons) from September 2004 to September 2007. The players "cast" actual actors to play the roles of their characters, and every NPC (the "supporting cast" and "guest stars" of the show) similarly had actors identified to play them.

I even went as far as creating an "official web site" for the TV series that can be found following the Lost Angels logo below.

My multimedia skills were never up to the task of creating a fake opening credits video, but I did get as far as selecting a theme song for the Lost Angels TV show: Kidneythieves - Before I'm Dead

Other Games

Prior to running the Lost Angels game I had the opportunity to play in a couple of campaigns using the Buffy the Vampire Slayer rules that were run by friends. And while I was still running Lost Angels I also took the opportunity to run a couple of one-shot Buffy games for a local gaming convention.

The two one-shot games were:

Lost Boys: Return to Santa Carla It's been almost 20 years since the vampires were driven out of Santa Carla, enough time for a new generation of kids to grow up not knowing the horrors that once dwelt in their home town. Now the bloosuckers have returned, can the children of Santa Carla stop them before it is too late? See some of the details here.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Credit Something strange is happening to the students at Sunnydale High. Can Buffy and the Gang figure out what's going on before it is too late? An untold tale from Buffy's second season. More information on Bad Credit can be found here.

The two campaigns I played in were:

Coventry was run by my friend Matt. The website for the game is defunct, but can be found in zombie form thanks to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Tarken's Mill is another game I played in, this one run by my friend Terry. As with Coventry above, the website for the game is no more but a snapshot can be found via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

RPG Rules

While running any RPG campaign I have a habit of playing around with the game's rules to one degree or another, and the Lost Angels game was no exception. Here are some of the "House Rules" I developed for the game.

I have also posted the official Buffy and Angel RPG Errata from the now-defunct angelrpg.com and btvsrpg.com RPG web sites.

The Internet still has plenty of other resources out there for the Angel and Buffy RPGs (and other Eden Studio games), including the Eden Studios Discussion Boards.