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mbyrr
post Feb 28 2017, 10:28 PM
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Just curious as to whether there are many/any retro rp-gamers out there, playing systems like Basic D&D (Red Box) or AD&D, or other RPGs from the 70s/80s?

If so, what are you playing, and do you enjoy it just as much as you did back in the day (if you played it back then)?


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post Mar 5 2017, 05:53 PM
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Just curious as to whether there are many/any retro rp-gamers out there, playing systems like Basic D&D (Red Box) or AD&D, or other RPGs from the 70s/80s?

I play Hackmaster 4E. It's a whimsical version of 1E & 2E AD&D put in a blender with lots of humour (satire was the only way they could use the AD&D core).
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If so, what are you playing, and do you enjoy it just as much as you did back in the day (if you played it back then)?

I enjoy it more than back in the day because between exploding dice, penetration, armour damage, sidewinder fireballs, Rolemaster-like critical hits, 20hp boosters, PC quirks and flaws and other nonsense, a lot of memorable situations arise. And a lot of sillyness. Additionally, it's very complicated to learn and run.

I can offer a tip: If you're finding learning the HM4E rules overwhelming, as a lot of people did, buy some index cards and go through the books and write the trickier rules and random bits of information you need to memorise on them. Then draw them at random and read them until the game becomes memorised.

It's a lot of work, but worth it I think.

Regarding the silliness, the history of D&D is chock full of silly stuff, both DM and player generated, dating back to the days of Blackmoor. Most games just pretend that they're serious business, but then you get to the table and everyone's socialising by quoting movies and Monty Python and making bad puns.

Instead of pretending that when gaming we're re-enacting a serious fantasy novel like Lord of the Rings, HM4E embraces this levity in it's tone, and is complex enough with things like Rolemaster critical hits and honor and exploding dice and quirks and flaws for all manner of memorable and sometimes silly situations to occur...which makes it arguably the most honest and fun RPG around.
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post Mar 5 2017, 09:35 PM
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I've always wanted to play HM4e, but no-one I know has also wanted to, and finding a game is near-impossible!


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post Mar 31 2017, 05:14 PM
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I've been trying to get an old school game going for a while now, I often find myself blowing the dust off the AD&D 2nd ed. Books.
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post May 17 2017, 11:52 AM
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In general I upgrade to the latest edition of whatever we're playing, WOD, Shadowrun, Savage Worlds (though I still kind of like original Deadlands), and certainly D&D, though we went to Pathfinder after 4E, but now also playing 5E.

Most old school games are pretty dated. I looked back at Redbox D&D recently and though it sure has it's charm, I wonder as a tween how I ever figured soem of that stuff out, especially considering how much we played that!

But... one exception is Star Wars D6 (2nd Ed R&E) from West End Games.
I've played every iteration of Star Wars and D6 is still my fav of all of them, if not fav system of all time!
D6 is quick, flexible and heroic, like the Star Wars movies and it really promotes the idea of creating your own character 'concept' rather than min maxing on race/class/feat.

There's a few rules I think need tweaking, but for such an old game, we still play it pretty much as is, I really think it was ahead of it's time.
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post May 17 2017, 01:54 PM
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I pulled my D&D Red Box book out recently to reminisce on my start in RPGing. I'm thinking of leaving it lying around in hope that one of my kids picks it up and asks to play.


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