Our old-timey D&D group
contains a couple of folks who are indie-friendly, but many more who have only played D&D. Some of them have expressed a bit of interest in playing some different types of games, so I want to pitch a couple (3-6) one-shots, as kind of a "tour" of indie-space.
What would be your picks? Relevant criteria could
include: entertainment value of play, diversity of design, diversity of fictional genre, influential games, diversity of tone, etc.
The only hard constraints are:
1. game must
work well in under 4 hours.
2. game must
be fairly newbie-friendly - something like full-bore Burning Wheel or Capes are probably out (as even I find them intimidating)
Among the several soft constraints:
1. It helps if I own this thing already
2. It helps if the game works with 3-6 participants (including GM if any)
3. The thing we have in common is that we like old-timey D&D, from which you may infer that our default play style is mostly a casual farce. We can do other tones, but it takes a little while to get into that emotional space.