Jeff Rients once blogged about - wouldn't it be cool if you could go to a website, go through a list of D&D rules, mark check boxes of your preferred version of that rule and then click a button and have your customized D&D rules spit out as a PDF. Of course, the answer is - yes, that would be quite cool. But it also got me thinking about what my customized game might look like. Here goes ...
COVER - Tough choice, but it would either be Erol Otus or Wayne Reynolds. I know, I know ...
ABILITY SCORES - Molvay D&D
RACES - 3rd Edition - I like the way they handle the stats - probably the most rules lite portion of those rules
CLASSES - Either Swords & Wizardry - simple, to the point, very little need to check out the rules during play - or Castles & Crusades - more choices, but still pretty streamlined - love that single saving throw though
EQUIPMENT - Moldvay D&D, including those encumbrance rules (or maybe my own from Pars Fortuna)
COMBAT - BFRPG - really, my answer is Moldvay but with ascending AC and attack bonuses instead of charts, but I think BFRPG gets the closest to that
SPELLS - Moldvay rules with 3rd edition's breadth
MONSTERS - AD&D
So, what would your customized D&D look like?
Attributes -as in D&D 3.5ReplyDelete
Skills- as in D&D 3.5
Races- as in D&D 3.5
Classes- as in Swords & Wizardry: White Box
Equipment- as in Swords & Wizardry: Core Rules
Combat- as is in Swords & Wizardry: White Box
Defense and armour as DR- as in Conan
Spells- as in Swords & Wizardry: White Box
Monsters- as in AD&D 1ed
Cover - Virgil Finlay or Ken Kelly depending on the game I'm afterReplyDelete
Ability Scores - Moldvay D&D
Races - None if I could get away with it, otherwise Moldvay
Classes - LotFP RPG
Skills - Stars Without Number
Equipment - LotFP, especially the encumbrance and the upcoming guns supplement
Combat - 2nd Edition AD&D - I like THAC0 and the individual initiative system
Spells - D20 but...
Spell Gathering - Moldvay with the "research lets you exceed the one known per slot rule with the addition of the Netbook Arcana Unearthed rules for magical traditions to get extra slots of your tradition (not specialization...traditions are schools founded by famous mages)
Monsters - Mazes & Minotaurs
I'll be posting mine in the near future. A site like that would be awesome!ReplyDelete
That is something I have been brainstorming about - what would it take to make this a reality? I guess it would depend on how much variability people expected, and how much time/effort they'd be willing to put in to come up with their customized ruleset.ReplyDelete
I think most people are stuck in the old way of thinking - I must choose from one of these existing rulesets. Why not have a ruleset exactly the way you want it?
I talk about these things in my DF post (which also discusses some clones/simulacrum I am currently working on):
Ability Scores - Moldvay D&DReplyDelete
Races - AS&SH (human only, cultures defined by flavor rather than rules)
Classes - ACKS is tempting and lets me customize/build to suit
Equipment and Encumbrance - LotFP is the most elegant around
Combat - DCC (ascending AC, 3 saves, varied crits, Mighty Deeds)
Spells - Jason Vey's "Secrets of Acheron" for OD&D melded with "hp to cast" from Crypts & Things, or possibly DCC
Monsters - A wide variety from everywhere
There'd have to be some filing off at the edges to get those pieces to stick together, but I think it could work.