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  • A comparative exploration of OSR RPG Systems - Basic Fantasy

    In this series of blogs we're exploring the various OSR RPG systems out there and how they compare to one another and the original D&D rules. This week we're taking a look at Basic Fantasy by Chris Gonnerman. Basic Fantasy was conceived around 2006 as an 'old school' retroclone harkening back to the early days of DnD...

  • A comparative exploration of OSR RPG systems - Mork Borg

    This is the next in a series of articles exploring various OSR RPG systems. This week we're taking a look at Mork Borg by Fria Lingan.

    METAL is the aesthetic that Mork Borg  oozes, from it’s jagged, black and white art style reminiscent of a death metal album cover to its themes of decay, Vikings and hideous monsters.  The unique style of Mork Borg bleeds into the layout of the rules themselves, with art work splashed across the page and words off kilter as though you’re reading some forbidden manuscript that is oozing from reality.

    In respect to the rules it's old school D&D turned up to 11.

  • A comparative exploration of OSR RPG systems - Swords & Wizardry

    Swords & Wizardry (S&W) by Frog God Games is ostensibly a retroclone of Original Dungeons & Dragons. However unlike retroclones such as...
  • A Comparative Exploration of OSR RPG Systems - Mothership Sci Fi Horror RPG

    This is a series of blogs that will explore the various 'OSR' table top roleplaying games. You can read the previous blog on Old School Essentials here and you can read about some key principles of old school games that bind these titles together here

    This week we're looking at Mothership a Sci-Fi Horror RPG by Tuesday Knight Games

    Within Mothership you play as members of a spaceship crew attempting to survive in inhospitable environments crawling with alien monstrosities. Characters further have to contend with other humans twisted by their environment and situations into deadly threats. All this whilst managing their their own internal stress as the increasing weight of their horrifying predicament drives them to panic.  

  • A Comparative Exploration of OSR RPG Systems - Old School Essentials

    This blog follows our previous discussion of some tenents of 'old school' RPG play. We are now going to explore the various 'OSR' systems on the tabletop RPG market. To begin we're taking a look at Old School Essentials (OSE) by Necrotic Gnome.

    Old School Essentials is a retroclone of the Basic & Expert D&D Rules by Tom Moldvay, published in 1981. These rules were a revision of Holmes Basic and intended to introduce D&D to new players. 

  • An Exploration of Old School Tabletop Roleplaying Game Design Principles

    This is the introduction to a series of articles that will comparatively explore the slew of tabletop roleplaying games that have spawned from old school gaming movement. This is often known as the 'OSR' which means 'Old School Revival' or 'Old School Renaissance.'  This article will be discussing some of the key design principles that tie these many varied games together.

    These roleplaying games are ostensibly inspired by the original versions of D&D such as original D&D, the Basic & Expert line of D&D as well as AD&D. You can read more about those here

  • A comparative history of Dungeons & Dragons - AD&D 2nd Edition - 1989

    In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons. In the last article...
  • A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons - BECMI 1983

      In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons. In the last artic...
  • A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons - Basic and Expert (B/X) D&D - 1981

    In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons.

    In the last article we looked at Holmes Basic

    In this article we are looking at Basic & Expert D&D launched in 1981.

  • A comparative history of Dungeons & Dragons - Holmes Basic D&D - 1977

    In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons. In our last article ...
  • A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons – 0E D&D

    0E D&D Cover In this series of articles I will be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons...
  • A comparative history of Dungeons & Dragons - AD&D - 1977

    In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons. In the last article...