While I suppose there are shades of Mnemonic that can be detected in Alternacy, it is a significantly different type of roleplaying game. It's basically my attempt to create the fastest, lightest rules I possibly could while still retaining a useful, not-too-grainy system. Very little rules awareness is required of players; while there's a system present, it strives for transparency. Itís an odd goal, but I also wanted to create a game that could be played while one was on a road trip. I donít really take that many road trips anymore, but thatís still the benchmark that got stuck in my mind and wouldnít leave. I believe I succeeded.
There are three fundamental points about Mnemonic that should help you decide if itís the type of game for you:
Itís Simple. Mnemonic falls into the ďminimalistĒ rpg camp. Itís built to provide basic ratings of character traits, a means for referees to determine the difficulty and outcome of attempted actions, and a very general system for tracking health and vitality. Thatís about it. This means the rules donít get in the way of play, but they also canít provide much detail or ambience.
Itís Portable. Mnemonic is designed to be playable while traveling, sitting at lunch, or even stranded on the proverbial desert island. It can be played with little or no equipment while still retaining the random element of diced gaming. I'm hoping this will also make it highly suitable for online gaming.
It Can Be Memorized. The rules contain mnemonic devices that allow players and refs to memorize everything necessary for play. Once you learn them youíll have a complete (though simple) roleplaying game in your head.
Like Alternacy, Mnemonic is a universal system. You can use it for play in any type of setting, and suggestions are included for handling everything from warships to dragons with the same rules.
Mnemonic is divided into two separate booklets, one for players and one for referees (refs should still read the playerís guide, as it provides the basics that the refís guide builds on). In the interest of faster load times, each booklet in the online viewing is further divided into two parts:
Mnemonic comes in a zipped folder that contains both .doc and .txt files. The .doc files include much nicer formatting, with the .txt versions present to make sure that pretty much anyone will have something compatible with whatever system and software they possess. You can save the file to your own computer by right-clicking on the link below. The Mnemonic folder includes both the Ref's and Player's Guides.