RMSS vs RMFRP
Part 1 - Introduction
Copyright Brent Knorr ©2002
Edited by Peter Mork for The Guild Companion
System (RMSS) vs Rolemaster Fantasy Roleplaying (RMFRP)
In 1995, ICE came out with Rolemaster Standard System Rules, RMSS (or RMSR)
for short. Close to 30 titles were published under the RMSS title. Most of
these had a brownish border on the cover with an inset picture, with the title
usually in red, but occasionally in blue.
In 1999, the RMSS line was halted and Rolemaster Fantasy Role
Playing, or RMFRP for short, was started. This was to be basically a reprint
of Rolemaster Standard System, being advertised as 95% compatible. There were
10 titles printed in the RMFRP system before ICE was forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy
in October 2000. These titles have a reddish border, with the word Rolemaster
in gold and the title usually in red.
This left players with an incomplete set of books for the RMFRP system, particularly
since some of the titles proved to be difficult to get hold of. Most gaming
groups will have players that have some sort of mix of books between the RMSS
and RMFRP systems. The purpose of this series of articles will be to give a
detailed comparison between Rolemaster Standard System and Rolemaster Fantasy
There are several reasons for doing this. One is to help people decide which
books, if any, they may want to replace/purchase. Another is to assist GM's
in knowing what to expect when they are dealing with a group of players that
will have assorted versions of these books.
I hope to present enough information that if you have the
book from either system, and this series of articles, you will have all you
need to come up with a consistent set of rules for your gaming group.