Tagged: rules

Second Edition of Microlite78 First Edition Lite Now Available

Interested in the First Edition of the world’s most popular tabletop fantasy roleplaying game, but put off by its seemingly random mechanics and design elements? Interested in trying some of the best known First Edition adventures with old school play but want to use the “better designed” D20-style mechanics you already know. The...

The Microlite20 Comprehensive Edition is Now Available

The paid version of the Microlite20 Comprehensive Edition is now available. The free version will be out early next week. If you buy the paid version of the Microlite20 Comprehensive Edition you will receive the following: a pdf of the single-column digest-sized version — 164 pages, with art a pdf of the two-column...

“Free” Version of Dungeon Delving Undying Light Now Available

The Pay-What-You-Want (aka Free) version the Dungeon Delving Undying Light is finally available! Dungeon Delving Undying Light is a trimmed down and simplified version of Swords & Wizardry. This game takes the Continual Light edition and cleans up the rules and the formatting, then adds backgrounds, more monsters, rules for morale and reaction...

BX Advanced No Art Version Available for Free

BX Advanced No Art Version Available for Free

The Pay-What-You-Want (aka Free) no-art version the Gold Edition of BX Advanced: First Edition Through a B/X Lens is finally available! The BX Advanced Gold Edition is designed for people who want a classic experience without a lot of the gonzo material that many people added to their 1980s games. The Gold Edition...

BX Advanced Gold Edition Now Available (Paid Version with Art)

BX Advanced Gold Edition Now Available (Paid Version with Art)

The Gold Edition of BX Advanced: First Edition Through a B/X Lens is now available! The BX Advanced Gold Edition is designed for people who want a classic experience without a lot of the gonzo material that many people added to their 1980s games. The Gold Edition is pretty much classic 1e using...

BX Advanced Rules: Multiple Success Rolls and Probability

BX Advanced Rules: Multiple Success Rolls and Probability

In the “GM Advice” section of the BX Advanced rules, I’m trying to tackle a problem I see quite a bit of in play: Gamemasters not truly understanding that requiring multiple successful rolls to complete a simple task will reduce the final chance of success. Even those Gamemasters who realize this often do...

Creating a “Best of TSR D&D” Rulebook?

Creating a “Best of TSR D&D” Rulebook?

Most old school D&D players realize that it is fairly easy to use an adventure written for one version of TSR D&D with the rules for a different version of TSR D&D. While each version (OD&D, Holmes D&D, 1e, B/X, BECMI, 2e, and RC) are different enough to be separate games, they have...

Initiative, Healing, and Fairness in Old School D&D

Initiative, Healing, and Fairness in Old School D&D

I received a complaint about group initiative in my games and in old school style games in general, I suppose. The complaint when like this: when you roll initiative every round it’s possible the monsters will get two rounds of attacks in a row before the PCs can take a turn. This is...

Microlite81 Advanced Draft 2 Available (for Donors)

Microlite81 Advanced Draft 2 Available (for Donors)

While the illo is of Microlite81 Complete, this post is really about Microlite81 Advanced. Yes, it’s a bait-and-switch post! Microlite81 Advanced is still on track for release around the end of November. A second “draft” copy is now available to RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund donors. About 20 pages have been added (including — by...

Why I Have Little Interest in Trying the Average New RPG

Why I Have Little Interest in Trying the Average New RPG

I’m often looked upon as some strange type of gamer as I have no interest in even trying most of the new RPGs that are published every year. This is apparently especially annoying to some RPG players as I’m willing to try just about any boardgame at least once. There are, however, major...