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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A plethora of clones and sorta-clones

While I'm glad the old school scene is doing well, I believe we have too many choices nowadays, at least in game systems. I'd be a lot happier if even one or two publishers were making settings or adventures, instead of yet another variant of 0e/1e/3e combo system. I'm sure many will disagree, but that's my opinion.

I'd much rather have another Carcosa than another ruleset. Carcosa is a great setting, and includes just the rules pertinent to running it, instead of remaking the wheel.

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David Macauley said...
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Blair said...

I'd be inclined to wholeheartedly agree with you...if it wasn't the previews I've been seeing for LOTP WFRP.

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John Adams said...

Well, BHP's published almost exclusively modules and supplements for two years now and they will continue to be our main focus in the years to come. (The WB Boxed Sets have pushed a couple modules back a few months, but it has been a very good learning experience for me.)

But here's the deal with modules & supplements - they do not sell anywhere near as well as rule sets.

Plus, most folks (even though they will deny it) want modules and supplements for their favorite rpg.

By and large, most folks who have released a product as system neutral or with multiple system stats included have been criticized for it. And those who have released separate versions of the same products for different rpgs are often labeled as just trying to make money.

So, picking one or two rpgs and publishing modules & supplements for them isn't as glamorous or as profitable as rule sets. But I agree, we need more of them. Maybe the OSR will start cranking out more of them in the next couple of years?

Anthony Emmel said...

I readily agree. I bought Whitebox S&W just because. I mean, the pdf is a free download. It doesn't get any better than that!

Adventures otoh...that what I like to see.