In 2016 I ran a lot of DCC and then when I got burned out a bit on the gonzo crazy world prep and scheduling, ran some larger-than-life PCs through The Sprawl. Had a lot of fun doing all this, figure DCC isn't quite my favorite system, and now have a hankering to run Lamentations of the Flame Princess, in a proper sandbox. With some of the classic Raggi 'you are horribly mangled' dungeons and fear and such.
Also had a big hankering for Delta Green and running some modern horror stories. Because Zak S knows all and is prolific, he has already written tips for running Call of Cthulhu. And an amazing pattern for running investigative games, without railroading or auto-succeeding clue collection. That's Hunter/Hunted. He has a lot of cool Call of Cthulhu and Lovecraft-reading posts, and of course he is now working on his own modern horror game, Demon City, and has a first-rules-peak on how downtime works. It's very cool; it's something I'm happy to support on his patreon.
(And of course people are now up in arms that Zak exists and believe he is transphobic or homophobic or a brigade-builder. It seems like the worst thing he's done that I can see is running a sockpuppet or alt on reddit? With a username based on someone who banned Zak from a forum? Which isn't great. OTOH he's not using this alt - _if_ he's using this alt - to drag this person through the mud. The reddit user just seems to post... thoughts about RPGs. Seems pretty friendly and chill.
I mean, if you argue with the dude, it's like arguing with Rust Cohle in True Detective. You're not going to have fun, you're going to react the way Marty reacts ("And now I am begging you to shut the fuck up"). But I don't think that makes him a brigading trans/homophobic serial harasser. And True Detective wouldn't be True Detective without Rust (seriously I love Rust. He's so dreamy). If you have evidence of him brigading and harassing, email Patrick and get it added to A Timeline of the Zak Wars.)
So anyway, 2017. I'm not going to run any games this year, in all likelihood, and I doubt I'll play in many, or any. But I have had fun playing Miso RPG, which is this awesome super-light RPG / solo engine / oracle setup. Sophia's RPG is cool as hell and easy to understand.
I combined that with a Sanity usage die, like as in The Black Hack's usage die, and have been writing a lil solo police detective vs Lovecraftian horror thing, which I should write up here sometime. I started my protagonist with d12 sanity, which seemed very, very high, and at some point gave him a -4 to the roll against the main Big Bads, which is way too big of a penalty. Went from 'unflappable' to 'only flapping' very quickly.
I might try something like Zak's Demon City system, where I'd roll a d10 for my character and a d10 for the trauma, and sometimes one side gets an advantage (a police detective has an advantage against normal human horrors, the big bads would get an advantage because it's a dude firing ropey flesh-tendrils from his face and using those to scout and suspend his once-human body in the air). That'd give about a 50/50 chance of fail normally, then it's just a matter of tweaking how many fails you can take before you are completely insane.
Sanity can be regained during a downtime. I roll a d20 and see if it's above the current useage die number - so to go from a d8 to a d10, you have to roll above an 8 on a d20. You can only go up one step per downtime. During downtime, the enemy does something proactive.
If the PC takes any downtime, I come up with some 'enemy action' options (break into the detective's home, try to have a corrupt coworker dispatch him) and use the Miso system to pick one. That also happens if the detective flubs obtaining leads or investigating, a la Hunter/Hunted.
But yeah, that's about all the gaming I can do now - 5 minutes at a time. It's solo or play-by-post, so for now, it's solo. I'll probably give PbP a try at some point, but don't have high hopes, given how slow and fragmentary it can be.