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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Working on my own personal OSR book (not to be published)

Wonder if anyone else has done this? I'm starting with the S&W WhiteBox. I've ported in races as they are done in BFRPG. There are only 2 classes: Fighter and Mage. However, I have professions, which provide one bonus to the character. Each character gets one profession, and max level in the game is 10. Spells are limited to level 5, due to the character class limit. I did "downgrade" cacodemon to level 5, because I need demon summoning in my game. Speaking of that, I'm adding in some demons to the monster section. I plan on writing up a quickie Morale system, probably 2d6 roll under Morale. I'm also porting in spells from various sources.

This book won't see publication, other than my local Staples making a couple coil-bound copies, but I'll have my own "perfect" D&D system.

7 comments:

Lord Gwydion said...

Yeah, I've done something similar. I considered potentially releasing it as a free pdf download, but then decided against it. It's just for me and anyone who wants me to DM for them.

zornhau said...

Me too. Though I'm working in the other direction - starting with the old school player experience, and building rules to support it.

It won't look much like D&D or AD&D when I'm done. For example, my stats will probably be:

Wit
Physique
Ability

However, the play will feel like it.

Alex Schroeder said...

I'm considering it for a Labyrinth Lord game of mine but I worry that I'll spend too much time working on the rules instead of preparing and running actual games.

Greg Christopher said...

I made such a game. Released as public beta 2 days ago. Called Errant. Very rewarding. Highly recommend you partake in the fun.

Jim Pacek said...

I too am building a book of some house rules/mods. I think it would be great if we all shared this stuff -- two (or two hundred) heads being better than one and all that...

Dan said...

One of the big reasons I won't publish mine is that I plan to shamelessly steal art from gaming books and use it. If I published it, I wouldn't have any way to pay for the art.

James said...

Yup! I recently finished what became my houserule book for LL/AEC. I'll probably release it for download, eventually (if I can talk one of my artist/players into doing a bit of illustrating for it, I'll definitely release it.)