I’m looking for RPGs that my partner might like. He’s described his favorite parts of games, and I’d appreciate help identifying some keywords or genres I could use as search terms.
In general, he likes mechanically crunchy games focused on group problem solving.
In particular, he’s looking for a games with fairly concrete and well-defined PC abilities. For example, he likes D&D (at least, he liked 3.5 and 4e) because the skill list and other character abilities are clearly spelled out.
For example, he likes how in D&D, if you want to pick a lock or move silently, you roll Lockpicking or Move Silently. In contrast, he is less of a fan of PbtA games where, if you wanted to pick a lock or move silently, you might roll to Do Something Under Fire (or a similar move).
For his tastes, PbtA games are too mechanically simple (your roll +Cold for all Do Something Under Fire moves even though a character might be much better at picking locks than moving silently). He’s also found them to too focused on relationships and interpersonal drama.
I think he might be looking for an Old School Revival game, but I don’t know that genre very well. Do OSR games sound like something he’d enjoy?
I’d love to hear your game recommendations! Thank you!