Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game 3rd Edition

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by johnvak01   2018-11-10

Not ludifex but here're my favorite OSR systems. I'm too new to this stuff to call anything my "go to". My next game is going to be a Stars Without Number game.

OSR Games


Retro Clones

  • Swords and Wizardry(ODnD) - almost a direct rehash of the very first edition of DnD

  • The Black Hack (ODnD) A very modern hack of ODnD. Fast and streamlined.

  • Labyrinth Lord (BX DnD) - Almost a direct rehashing of the old BX dnd system. There's a separate Advanced Edition Companion which makes it more like ADnD.

  • *Lamentations of the Flame Princess *(BX DnD) - This is the current hot stuff. Dark and Mature with a great ruleset. Lots of the best supplements coming out are based on this system. Veins of the Earth, Vornheim, and Deep Carbon Observatory were built with this system in mind.

  • *Basic Fantasy RPG * (BX DnD?) BX dnd with race separated from class.

All of these have complete free versions on their websites(usually minus art)

  • I would also recommend the Rules Cyclopedia as one of the most complete versions of dnd ever created. It's now available as print on demand!

New Stuff

  • Maze Rats Even if you don't play it, get it for it's amazingly useful tables. Made by /u/ludifex aka Questing Beast.

  • Shadow of the Demon Lord Starts with a basic Character and then builds in complexity over time. My favorite class system. Horror/dark setting but easily stripped out.

  • Dungeon Crawl Classics Beautifully done. Every class feels really unique. A bit of a gonzo Aesthetic

  • Stars without Number Possibly the best sci-fi RPG you can get right now.

  • Godbound High powered OSR style game by the same guy who made Stars Without Number.

  • Index Card RPG What it says on the tin. Check out the youtube channel of the guy who made it.

  • Freebooters on the Frontier Great for short campaigns. Requires Dungeon World, a great game in it's own right, and The Perilous Wilds

  • World of Dungeons 1 page OSR-like Dungeon World hack. I feel it's OSR so fight me.


Recommend me supplements (not Systems) for a possible future addendum to this list .

by johnvak01   2018-11-10

Alright so first a nice big list for you to peruse and consider. most don't explicitly have the randomness in spells but are still worth considering.

OSR Games


Retro Clones

  • Swords and Wizardry(ODnD) - almost a direct rehash of the very first edition of DnD

  • The Black Hack (ODnD) A very modern hack of ODnD. Fast and streamlined.

  • Labyrinth Lord (BX DnD) - Almost a direct rehashing of the old BX dnd system. There's a separate Advanced Edition Companion which makes it more like ADnD.

  • *Lamentations of the Flame Princess *(BX DnD) - this is the current hot stuff. Dark and Mature with a great ruleset. Lots of the best supplements coming out are based on this system. Veins of the Earth, Vornheim, and Deep Carbon Observatory were built with this system in mind.

  • *Basic Fantasy RPG * (BX DnD?) BX dnd with race separated from class.

All of these have complete free versions on their websites(usually minus art)

  • I would also recommend the Rules Cyclopedia as one of the most complete versions of dnd ever created. It's now available as print on demand!

New Stuff

  • Maze Rats (Even if you don't play it, get it for it's amazingly useful tables.)

  • Shadow of the Demon Lord (Starts with a basic Character and then builds in complexity over time. My favorite class system. Horror/dark setting but easily stripped out.)

  • Dungeon Crawl Classics (Beautifully done. Every class feels really unique. A bit of a gonzo Aesthetic)

  • Stars without Number (Possibly the best sci-fi RPG you can get right now)

  • Godbound (High powered OSR style game by the same guy who made Stars Without Number.)

  • Index Card RPG (What it says on the tin. Check out the youtube channel of the guy who made it.)

  • Freebooters on the Frontier (Great for short campaigns. Requires Dungeon World, a great game in it's own right, and The Perilous Wilds)

  • World of dungeons (1 page OSR-like Dungeon World hack. I feel it's OSR so fight me.)


As you are specifically asking for random magic, I'd say that the games that go that way use either a more freeform magic system or use tables for magic casting. Dungeon Crawl Classics goes the table route and is a great system. that said the tone is more gonzo than dark. Maze rats is great and uses a freeform magic system where players randomly roll up spell names and then you interpret what they mean. It's tone neutral so it should fit in whatever game you run.

You could also use this massive chart to determine random magical effects as spells are cast. I'd have the players roll different types of dice to simulate casting riskier or more dangerous spells. Consider the chart carefully as it's randomness is quite harsh.

The system with the best character customization is probably Shadow of the Demon lord. It's a great game and I could easily see you hacking on a random magic system onto it.

by johnvak01   2018-11-10

>Here's a bunch of links to OSR games you may want to look at.

>----------------

>Retro Clones

>* Swords and Wizardry(ODnD) - almost a direct rehash of the very first edition of DnD

>* The Black Hack (ODnD) A very modern hack of ODnD. Fast and streamlined.

>* Labyrinth Lord (BX DnD) - Almost a direct rehashing of the old BX dnd system. There's a separate Advanced Edition Companion which makes it more like ADnD.

>* *Lamentations of the Flame Princess *(BX DnD) - this is the current hot stuff. Dark and Mature with a great ruleset. Lots of the best supplements coming out are based on this system. Veins of the Earth, Vornheim, and Deep Carbon Observatory were built with this system in mind.

>* *Basic Fantasy RPG * (BX DnD?) BX dnd with race separated from class.

>All of these have complete free versions on their websites(usually minus art)

>* I would also recommend the Rules Cyclopedia as one of the most complete versions of dnd ever created. It's now available as print on demand!

>New Stuff

>* Maze Rats (Even if you don't play it, get it for it's amazingly useful tables.)

>* Shadow of the Demon Lord (Starts with a basic Character and then builds in complexity over time. My favorite class system.)

>* Dungeon Crawl Classics (Beautifully done. Every class feels really unique. A bit of a gonzo Aesthetic)

>* Stars without Number (Possibly the best sci-fi RPG you can get right now)

>* Godbound (High powered OSR style game by the same guy who made Stars Without Number.)

>* Index Card RPG (What it says on the tin. Check out the youtube channel of the guy who made it.)

>* Freebooters on the Frontier (Great for short campaigns. Requires Dungeon World, a great game in it's own right, and The Perilous Wilds)

>* World of dungeons (1 page OSR-like Dungeon World hack)

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