To my knowledge, until recently in role-playing games there was a strict and clear division of powers between players and the Game Master. The player controlled their character, GM – the rest of the world. In exceptional situations, the GM could even control the player’s character, e.g. when the character was possessed / charmed / hypnotized, etc.
For some time (at least since the Apocalypse World), however, a different tendency can be observed, especially in narrative systems. They encourage the GM to delegate some of their competences to players.
Legacy: Life Among the Ruins, the subject of the second part of this cycle, has many followers – games from the Worlds of Legacy series. One of them is Worldfall, a game about building a colony on a planet that is also an intelligent, conscious being. The rulebook is only 66 pages long and is based on the assumption that the players know the Legacy rules. The author, Katherine Cross, points to Star Trek, Eclipse Phase and Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri as sources of inspiration. Personally, I also think of Isaac Asimov’s “Nemesis” and “Cibola Burn“, the fourth volume of the Expanse series.
Legacy: Life Among the Ruins (2nd Edition from 2018) (hereinafter “Legacy”) is a post-apo game by UFO Press. The authors mention as sources of inspiration other role-playing games (of course Apocalypse World, but also Burning Wheel), video games (Fallout, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.), movies (Mad Max) and literature (A Canticle for Leibowitz).
Role-playing games (RPGs) are very diverse. Among them, two large groups can be distinguished: simulative and narrative systems. Not every RPG can be easily attributed into one of those groups. In this text I will describe the differences between them.