I have fond memories of running a "kitchen sink" BESM game about 4 Americans who received scholarships to Japan's most private high school. As it turned out, all those animes and mangas were true, Japan really was a place of giant robots, magical girls, invaders from other dimensions, and Kaiju. The game only lasted for a month before we picked up the megadungeon of Wickend once more and continued onward. I think one of the things that got us in the end was some of the changes from the core d20 system most importantly the "Character Point" system which replaced alot of the normal generation methods in 3.5. This system was in use for both monsters and creatures and just sort of got us in the end when I was trying to convert Monster Manual creatures on the fly (I did not yet have the BESM d20 version).
Last month as I was ripping through everything I owned to sale on ebay (see the Great Genius Loci Sale for more information) I found my BESM d20 books ... they're the only 3.5 era books that didn't go up for sale. In fact they're on a shelf now just sitting and waiting to be mined.
So imagine my surprise when I accidentally found a ton of BESM d20 books on RPGnow yesterday. Disappointingly they're all pdf only, but I'm training myself to enjoy pdfs over print (slowly).
Take a look ... and if interest is high I might even try to run a BESM Fantasy game in the vain of Loddoss or Escaflowne.
Your BESM d20 anime character deserves an awesome character sheet and player bookkeeping tool. This comprehensive BESM d20 Character Folio contains entries where you can record Class, Ability Scores, Feats, Attributes, Skills, background, special effects, advancement, weapons, magic items, mecha designs, weapon data, unique attacks, and much more. The complete story of your anime character -- all in one place!
In the BESM d20 Monstrous Manual, d20-guru Ian Sturrock deconstructs over 100 of the major fantasy monster races to reveal their true point-based abilities and power levels. Additionally, combat tactics are presented for each monster, giving the GM and players insight into the creatures instincts and methods. Customised for your anime adventures, but ideal for any fantasy setting, the BESM d20 Monstrous Manual is the ideal creature toolkit and gaming aid.
BESM d20 is one of today’s best-selling d20 System games, and this Revised Edition expands and updates the game for the d20 System v3.5! Additionally, it incorporates the complete mecha creation system from d20 Mecha. Inspired by the dynamic settings and stories found in a wide range of anime shows, BESM d20 allowing players to create characters from any genre or sub-genre. Comedy or horror, fantasy or science-fiction, mecha action or passionate romance...if you can imagine it, you can play it. BESM d20 also includes: new character classes (including magical girl, mecha pilot, pet monster trainer, and a dozen more), new skills, new feats, an exhaustive point-based attribute list, and a detailed cost assignment for the core 3.5 Edition fantasy races and classes. Everything you’ve always wanted from your fantasy RPG -- and more!