A Proposal: The RPGMP3 Old School Challenge
Posted 02 March 2015 - 03:57 PM
What about the groups each recording a one-off or short arc using an OSR-style game? That's "Old School Renaissance," the loose term for games very closely inspired by, or even copies of, the first editions of Dungeons & Dragons and similar RPGs. The resulting audio, instead of being put in with the rest of the groups' games, would go into a collected area so that people could easily dip in and try listening to a new game without looking through the different parts of the site and finding out who has recorded what. It might even persuade people to try out other audio from a group they've previously missed.
One reason for suggesting OSR games is that many are free to download and use. Sometimes the full game, sometimes a version without art (as is the case with Labyrinth Lord, where the fancy version costs money but the one without art is free). That makes them easy to try without investing a lot into something you may never play again. More often than not they are also relatively simple and, if you're used to D&D, probably quite familiar.
There's also loads of variety, in addition to the ten thousand D&D clones... Whartson Hall once played Backswords & Bucklers which uses the Swords & Wizardry rules in an Elizabethan setting, or you can try something like Encounter Critical. A bit of searching will turn up all sorts of options as well as a ton of adventures. Even so, by having everyone pick an "old school" game it gives the project a bit of coherence.
So, what do you think? Any takers?
Posted 03 March 2015 - 02:04 AM
Castles & Crusades raises one tiny issue, namely what an OSR game is. Anything published, say, 1982 or before probably counts. Modern games built on an older framework, as with the various D&D clones, certainly count, but C&C is a modern game using modern rules. Some people include it under the OSR banner, others don't. Personal discretion, maybe: I'm not really looking to impose strict rules on this idea.
Posted 03 March 2015 - 12:38 PM
Here's a site listing a large number of OSR games, retroclones and the like. They do include Castles & Crusades, but on the other hand they also include things like Pathfinder... Nobody can decide on a definition, so don't worry about it. What I think we should aim for is either an older game (definitely something from prior to 3rd edition D&D and the D20 boom) or a modern RPG deliberately designed in the style of an old game. Free or paid, doesn't matter. Let's rustle up something fun and light.
Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:35 PM
Hmm, let's take a look at that list...
Bandits & Basilisks is a very rules-light clone of OD&D. Its bestiary features only two creatures, the eponymous bandit and basilisk.
That's rather hilarious. Imagine a version of D&D where the Monster Manual only featured stats for dragons and dungeons - or possibly gazebos.
Small But Vicious Dog is an RPG based on BD&D and Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play with a mean-spirited design philosophy.
All the other WFRP-ish goodness - drugs, diseases, insanity, mutation, gunpowder, chaotic magic, dorfs with mohawks, hot pies, giant angry puffins and so forth - is in there. Heck, I've even included rules to model that special WFRP "gods hate you; failure is law!" atmosphere.
Now that sounds promising.
Posted 05 March 2015 - 04:47 AM
We broke out the Moldvay Basic Set and took at run at Keep on the Borderlands a few months back. I'll check to see if i kept the audio.
So it's not the same as the episodes you've already uploaded, then?
*Checks the post*
Lacking enough players for our usual game, we dusted off Mentzer Basic D&D, and played the legendary module, B2 - Keep on the Borderlands
Oh, right - those sessions were played with Mentzer, not Moldvay. (True OSR connoisseurs, you are.)
Posted 06 March 2015 - 04:49 AM
It appears I'm becoming senile.
Don't worry - GMs, much like dragons, only become more lethal with old age.
"And now I'll roll to see how much damage the monsters inflict on you guys."
"Wait, you've already rolled for damage this round!"
"And you forgot to give us XP at the end of last session."
"I'm sorry, what? I didn't hear what you were saying."
"What, is your hearing failing, as well?"
"Nope - your feeble whining was just drowned out by this maximum damage I just rolled."
Posted 06 March 2015 - 09:53 AM
Whereabouts do you happen to live in the world and what times can you play?
I live between the hot air of incompetence and the jangling discord of darker days... aka Virginia USA. My schedule is wonky though so I'm not alwyas tied to regular waking hours. As for days, the later half of the week works well.
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