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A comparative exploration of OSR RPG Systems - Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC)

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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.  Last week we took a look at The Black Hack. This week we're exploring Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) by Goodman Games.  DCC merges old school principles and aesthetics with some more modern game design ideas.  It's core mechanic is similar to the 'd20 system'. You roll a d20+ stat modifiers and compare this to a set 'Difficulty Class' or DC value. If you roll equal to our over the DC value you succeed, otherwise you fail. (They missed...

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A comparative exploration of OSR RPG Systems - The Black Hack

Posted by Panayiotis Lines on

In this series of blogs we're exploring the various OSR RPG systems in the community and how they compare to one another and the original D&D rules.

This week we're taking a look at The Black Hack 2nd Edition by David Black

The Black Hack, in a similar way to Whitehack and Swords & Wizardry,  uses original D&D as a base but greatly innovates with the formula. 

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A comparative exploration of OSR RPG Systems - Basic Fantasy

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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...

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A comparative exploration of OSR RPG systems - Mork Borg

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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.

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A comparative exploration of OSR RPG systems - Swords & Wizardry

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Swords & Wizardry (S&W) by Frog God Games is ostensibly a retroclone of Original Dungeons & Dragons. However unlike retroclones such as Old School Essentials it does not attempt to be faithful towards the original system. Instead it both considerably cleans up the original OD&D rules whilst adding various additions of its own. Some of these gleaned from the writers own imagination as well as the long, varied history of Dungeons and Dragons.  It's worth keeping in mind that Original Dungeons & Dragons was not a complete system, it was intended as a toolkit that players would utilise and fill...

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