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Balance in RPGs — Again

Balance in RPGs — Again

Balanced rules in RPGs seem to be the big thing these days with many players. As I’m not a member of this “cult of balance” some people believe I am hostile to balance as a RPG design goal. I’m not hostile to the idea that balance should be considered in RPG design. I’m...

A Really New School Definition of Old School?

A Really New School Definition of Old School?

There are a lot of discussions and some arguments on what exactly is and isn’t “old school” but most of these discussions and arguments at least have people in the same chapter even if they aren’t on the same page. However, a post I saw on Observations of the Fox uses the terms...

THE House Rule for Rules Heavy Games?

THE House Rule for Rules Heavy Games?

If you wonder why I prefer older versions of D&D or others rules lite games to the rules heavy monsters often published today, you only need to read part of Christian’s Exploring The Magnum Opus That Is Ptolus post over at Destination Unknown where he talks about the one house rule playing D&D...

RPG Rules Complexity and Casual Gamers

RPG Rules Complexity and Casual Gamers

I’ve heard a number of people say that the complexity of the rules of many modern RPGs are one of the major things keeping casual gamers away from the game. While rules complexity certainly is part of the problem, I don’t believe it is as big a part of the problem as some...

Combat Balance as the be all and end all of Game Balance?

Combat Balance as the be all and end all of Game Balance?

By now you have probably seen (or at least heard mentioned) Mike Mearls blog post on combat balance as game balance: The Issue of Game Balance. It has generated a lot of discussion on RPGNet and theRPGSite. Here is a slightly edited post I made on the subject at theRPGSite. Personally, I think...

Which Edition of D&D Should I Play?

Which Edition of D&D Should I Play?

Believe it or not, “Which edition of D&D should I play?” is probably the most common question I’m asked. In some cases it is because the person asking the question wants to argue with my choice, but most of the time the questioner seems to sincerely want my opinion. Unfortunately, I can’t really...

Amagi Games Site is Back

Amagi Games Site is Back

The Amagi Games site is back. In spite of a couple of abortive attempts to return, Levi Kornelsen’s Amagi Games site has basically been down since a nasty crash months ago. The site is a collection of interesting rules systems designed to be plugged into other games. Levi describes the site as “a...

What I Look For in a Set of Fantasy RPG Rules

What I Look For in a Set of Fantasy RPG Rules

I been asked many times why I don’t like later editions of D&D and still play older editions. I think this can best be answered by listing some of the major things I look for in a set of fantasy RPG rules. 1) I want rules-lite. I’m not interesting in hundreds of pages...

James Hargrove’s Free ZIP! RPG

James Hargrove’s Free ZIP! RPG

James Hargrove has recently a very nice rules light RPG called ZIP! The entire set of generic rules is 3 pages of fairly large print (with room for some art) — four pages with the OGL. Yes, the entire game is open game content. According to James, these rules are based on the...

Advice on Sandbox Play

Advice on Sandbox Play

There’s been a lot of talk about Sandbox play on RPG forums and blogs in the last year — and not just among old school players. In its pure form a Sandbox GM sets up a (usually small to start with) area of the world with encounters, dungeons, and NPCs of varying power...