Well, I got my hard copy of Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls in the mail yesterday. It was an annoying and stressful day (Thank you Internets.) but I powered down in the evening and took my little book to bed and read through it. First, this ain’t a review because reading through it got me thinking about the early days of the DIY hack D&D movement. Before there was an internet. Before there was an OGL. Before there was even an idea of the OSR.
Let’s look back at the history of Tunnels & Trolls. I’m not going to quote every thing from that link. Just follow it for the whole story. But to break it down for the purposes of my post here. It’s simple Ken St Andre looked at D&D and then made his own stuff. He simplified and changed rules he didn’t like. Changed stats and monsters and eventually made a whole new game out it. That’s DIY.
From those early days of gaming, there many publishers and I can’t really talking about people taking D&D and doing their own thing with it without mentioning Empire of the Petal Throne. Yes, the original was published by TSR but it was a setting that did it’s own thing. It went beyond the normal stuff.
Then’s there Arduin. It had it’s host of oddities and legal troubles but it still was D&D hacked. But dig through it and see the craziness there. The charts, the races and the house rules. It was more DIY stuff.
Lastly and the one I’m most fond of Talislanta. Once again a very similar system tweaked and reworked. And it’s a crazy wild world. I just love it. And bonus. All the PDF’s are legally free. It’s worth your time to just check out the world.
Yes, this was one of those rambling posts. I just felt like curling up with a few things that felt cool and comforting.
I leave you with this.
So I picked up these wooden disks up at the local Lowe’s for about $2 for a dozen of them. I had some plans. Probably use them as bases for some miniatures. And that’s plan in the future. I got a few that need some stability. Thanks, Reaper. But then I got thinking this morning.
While playing 5E D&D, there’s a lot of circumstances grant Advantage or Disadvantage. And sometimes, the DM or the player forget that they have either Advantage or Disadvantage. I did something similar while playing Savage Worlds with Shaken tokens. (BTW, I use these from Litko.) But hey. Why not something just for 5E? So grabbed a red and a green Sharpie and there you go. Of course you could paint them or do something fancier but this was one of those ideas that just popped in my head. Also you could grab up some multicolored glass beads and do that too.
I was chatting on Google+ last week with Eric of the totally awesome blob Swords & Stitchery about OSR stuff and home brewing and clones and all the usual stuff. Of course, every time I open my mouth that get’s me thinking. This time my thoughts returned to Yarc.
Back in the day, Yarc was my idea to house rule and kit bash stuff into my own Frankengame and basically it still is. It’s just that I haven’t done anything with it for a long time and so much has changed in mundane life that I should really go back and resurrect it.
So here’s the deal. Yarc is my weird gonzo fun but still kind of generic fantasy world. Oh, you’ll still see stuff pop here and you’ll probably see it here first. After a bit, the best bits are going to get put together, polished up and put on on RPGNow as PWYW. I’d kind of like to think of it as a Patreon in reverse. The stuff is already out and available but here’s a little way to support some guy who thinks he’s creative. So this means you should be seeing a whole more fun stuff here. And that was my whole plan all along for the blog. Fun OSR Stuff.
Let me say this again, really. Go check out Eric’s blog. There’s some really neat quick little random charts. And I’m not singing praises just because he’s reviewed some of my stuff. I really like the blog. So if you’ll excuse me. It’s time write some wild and crazy stuff. Wish me luck.
Yeah, I’m really bad at these things. That’s why I don’t do them that often but let me do a little catch up for all you out there.
Day 14: Favorite RPG Accessory: Here it is. This is The Notebok. Every idea that ends some where out there starts of here. Sometimes it something cool. Sometimes it doesn’t go farther than just a couple of notes.
And that’s shelf of honor in the background.
Day 15: Longest Campaign Every Played: In this case, ran. I love the Bond films, Man from UNCLE, the Avengers. That whole genre. It started in high school with Top Secret then went to Espionage by Hero Games then to the James Bond RPG and finally to Danger International also by Hero Games. How many years was that? More than I care to remember. What was it? Like 5 or 6 years plus.
Day 16: Longest Game Session Ever Played: There’s a tie for that honor. There was marathon 48 hour Star Trek RPG debacle. A simple adventure that screwed by us players. So what? We’re a Federation Ship. And we had Klingons on the bridge faster than we could power up a self destruct sequence. Then there was the marathon James Bond RPG session in hour of 50 years of Bond movies. That one was intentional.
Day 17: Favorite Fantasy RPG: Got say the Grand Daddy D&D but honorable mentions should also go out to Runequest and Tunnels & Trolls.
Day 18: Favorite SF RPG: I’ve had a long quest to find a science fiction RPG that hit my sweet spot. And I’m a little biased here but that title goes to White Star. Familiar mechanics. A clean canvas for a game master to do what they want. Like the favorite Fantasy RPG, there’s some honorable mentions. That would original Traveler and d6 Star Wars.
Day 19: Favorite Super Game: I’ve early editions of Champions and liked it. Tried some Icons hacks. It was good. Tried Mutants & Masterminds and meh. So I’m still on a quest to find that game.
So there you go. An update on this little RPG meme.
Well, I got another alien race for White Star up on RPGNow, The Norni and there’s more to come.
I’m working on what I hope to be some fun stuff for White Star. A couple adventures are bouncing around inside my head as well as a mini campaign setting. First, there’s going to be my own little optional rules supplement. So stay tuned for that.
And there’s plenty of other RPG stuff in the old brain pan. I don’t want to say too much yet because every time that I do that something crazy happens. So I’m going to play it close the chest until the drafts are almost done. But in the mean time, you can still following and maybe you might see a hint now and then about those upcoming mysteries.