Tagged: rant

OSR Blogs, Product Announcements, and Reviews

OSR Blogs, Product Announcements, and Reviews

With the recent release of White Star: White Box Science Fiction Roleplaying and Petty Gods: Revised & Expanded Edition, I have noticed some complaints about OSR blog posts about these games (on threads in RPG.net and even theRPGSite.com). These complaints are that the posts about these games are softpetal posts instead of hard-hitting...

Free RPGs Are Hurting Professional RPGs!? — A Randall Rant

Free RPGs Are Hurting Professional RPGs!? — A Randall Rant

Now, the community has money to spend, but due to a race-to-the-bottom in terms of pricing, and an influx of fanbois who will happily write for free (And devalue the work of everyone else while they’re at it), they’re unwilling to spend what their books are actually worth. Sure, a kickstarter will make...

Ascending AC is Old School: A Rant

Ascending AC is Old School: A Rant

I’ve never understood the hatred some old school players have for ascending armor class any more than I understood the hatred some non-old school players have for descending armor class and/or THAC0. Ascending AC, descending AC with hit tables or descending AC with THAC0 are mathematically equivalent. That is, they all give exactly...

WOTC Marketing Department Trying to Rewrite History?

WOTC Marketing Department Trying to Rewrite History?

I just saw a copy of what appears to be a press release from Wizards of the Coast: “Dungeons & Dragons Returns to the Legendary City of Neverwinter; Fans Vie for Glory in the City of a Thousand Fates.” It appears WOTC’s marketing department is either ignorant or trying to rewrite the history...

Rules Can’t Replace Imagination: An RPG Rant I Can Agree With

Rules Can’t Replace Imagination: An RPG Rant I Can Agree With

Kevin over at Kore RPG has a problem with the way some modern RPGs are designed that is very similar to one of my major pet peeves with them. He has a great rant that says what I feel much better than I could: Just one more formulaic CRPG-ification bullet into the imagination...

Frog God Games and Swords & Wizardry? No Thanks, Not for Me.

Frog God Games and Swords & Wizardry? No Thanks, Not for Me.

Matt recently announced that Frog God Games will be producing Swords & Wizardry in the future. See this post on the Swords & Wizardry Forums: Frog God and Mythmere News!. At first I thought this was a good idea. Then Chgowiz, Bite The Bulette, and RPG Blog II pointed out a statement of...