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Saturday, September 22, 2012

My own version of OSR rules

Although I have been a bit quiet on the blog-front lately, it does not mean that I have not been active.  I have been pouring through all of the hard back books, and PDF's I own of various Fantasy RPG's, both old and new.  Each set of rules has something I like about it, and some things I do not.  

As I mentioned in a previous posting, I waffled on whether or not I would use Basic Fantasy, or Labyrinth Lord.  I finally decided on LL, as pretty much everything was in one book (If you do not consider AEC)

As I delved farther in to LL, I still found that I was referring back to Basic Fantasy, and other rules, to compare the Racial Traits, Spells, AC, etc… and as I was  constantly flipping back and forth between this set, and that set, I decided it would be so much easier if I just compiled everything I liked about all of the various rule sets, in to one.  And this is what I am going to do - take all the parts that I like, and put them in to one cover. This will be a mixture of old, and new ideas, with possibly even something new from my imagination.

I may be deluding myself, but I do not think that it will be that hard to do. Everything I am looking for is in OGL format, and should be pretty easy to cut-n-paste in to a word DOC.  Maybe the one thing that will hold me up is the formatting.  

This will probably turn out to be the ugliest baby on the block, but it will be my baby.

Ok, so why recreate the wheel, right? After careful thought (and realizing how much work is involved) I decided to stick with Basic Fantasy as the base, and just add in my house rules.

The most recent version of Basic Fantasy won me over.