Tagged: rpg style

“Alignment Map” of Gaming Style

“Alignment Map” of Gaming Style

James Mishler has proposed an “alignment map” of RPG style: And I like it. Find out more about what this diagram means in this post on Mishler’s blog: What’s Your Game Style?.

4E “Classic”?

4E “Classic”?

Clark Peterson of Necromancer Games has announced that they are working on a 4E Classic rules set: “a set of alternate content for 4E to replicate the old school way of playing D&D. It will work in conjunction with the 4E PHB.” Personally, I have my doubts that they can pull this off,...

Unreasonable Reactions to Character Death?

Unreasonable Reactions to Character Death?

My wife and I had to make that last trip to the vet with Brenna, our almost 17 year old dachshund, yesterday. We’ve known it was coming, as she was extremely old for a standard dachshund and had inoperable cancer. but that hasn’t made it any easier. If you’ve ever had to do...

Old School Gaming and Skills

Old School Gaming and Skills

Many people will say that the old school style of play does not work well in game where characters have skills. According to this line of thought, players tend to limit their thinking to the skills listed on their character sheet and soon tend to substitute making a skill roll for player problem...

James Raggi Hates Fun

James Raggi Hates Fun

I really need to read Jim’s blog more often. He wrote an interesting post on old school roleplaying entitled “I Hate Fun” in mid-June and I’ve just now noticed it. While I don’t completely agree with everything Jim said, I think he makes some interesting points. If you haven’t already read it, you...

Quick Primer for Old School Gaming

Quick Primer for Old School Gaming

Matt (Mythmere), author of the new Swords & Wizardry retroclone, has posted a draft of a “Quick Primer for Old School Gaming” article over at Knights and Knaves Alehouse. Even as a first draft, it’s a great summary of how “old school roleplaying” is different from current roleplaying. Go read it. Now. Quick...

Best Criticism of WOTC D&D Art I’ve Read

Best Criticism of WOTC D&D Art I’ve Read

RPGpundit has an interesting post on his blog talking about how the dungeonpunk art style in WOTC D&D products misses the boat. While many “old school” gamers don’t like this style, this is often put aside as generational differences. RPGpundit points out that it is also ignoring where the main interest in fantasy...

Just a Fluke of Party Bad Luck

Just a Fluke of Party Bad Luck

A post I made on Dragonsfoot (as an example of one of the things that happened in older versions of D&d that the rules of D&D 3+ seemed designed to prohibit) included an example of total party death from the second or third game of D&D (original LBBs and Greyhawk) I ever played...

What’s Wrong With D&D 4

What’s Wrong With D&D 4

I think this quote from The Dragon Editorial Archive sums up everything that is wrong with The current versions of D&D and how it is being made even more wrong in 4th Edition. Quite simply, the math behind the game is so rock solid that I’ve been encouraged to play my character as...

Game Style Quiz Results

Game Style Quiz Results

This quiz is actually fairly accurate for me — at least with respect to what I’m not as interested in in RPGs (combat and getting the most powerful character possible). However, I would not describe what I am interested in quite a strongly as it is described here. I want a campaign to...