I know what you mean about the Cliches, one of the best things about our custom system has been the ability to lose the class system, that alone helps to cut down on some of the classic cliches. I suppose I'm lucky in a way that I have a bunch of socially dubious players, whose characters like nothing better than to get a little one-up manship. They may stand shoulder to shoulder against the enemy, but we have lost more characters to player vs. player treachery, than any Barbarian horde could ever accomplish
As much as I enjoy computer games, I'm still an old school RPG player, like most peopleI cut my 1st goblin with D&D, although i find it a little over simplified these days. I run a club session using a custom system, part I.C.E. part Warhammer fantasy. nothing better than roling the bones and kicking the crap out of the Gobbo's.
I'm a gamer! I just got done playing "God Of War" on PS2. It was great!! I completed it on the medium level and now I'm playing it on the "God" level. It's more difficult but, it's one of the greatest games I've ever played!
I'm just waiting for the new Zelda: Twilight Princess for gamecube to be released!