Aliens & Asteroids: The First Public Playtest, Pt 5

Over the last few posts, I’ve discussed how one two hour session went at Petrie’s Family Games as the first public playtest of Aliens & Asteroids. And honestly, I think it went really well. It went so well in fact, we’ve had three more playtest sessions with a variety of players (and John was in…

Alternate Cantrips in 5th edition (Guest post by William C. Pfaff)

My man Brian Fitzpatrick is seeking some balance between 5E (and 4E’s) at-will damaging cantrips and the poor wizard of yesteryear who would cast sleep and then beg the party to do the same so he could get his lone spell back. I gave this some serious thought and then realized the answer may be…

Revisiting the Past: The Old School Mindset and Roll-Playing

When I started playing D&D in 1982, we were young, naive, and enthusiastic. We took on every dungeon with glee and even fought a few major figures like Orcus and Tiamat as I recall. But it wasn’t “Old School” then — it was just playing D&D with friends every weekend we could get together. By…

Revisiting the Past: Knowledge Checks in OSR

As I get more familiar with Mazes & Perils, I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to get “New School” players thinking of things in the “Old School” way. Last time we talked about how the idea of a “Perception check” in OSR systems doesn’t really exist, making players be much more paranoid…

Pondering What It Means to Be Old School

Last week I had the opportunity to get into a chat with my good friend Mike. I played as part of Mike’s group for a few years in a couple of campaigns. The first one started in Fantasy Hero and shifted to D&D 3.5. The second one was D&D 3.5 with some Pathfinder elements thrown…

Announcing Mazes & Perils Deluxe!

When role-playing games got their start in the 1970s, heroes were made of stronger stuff than today or they tended to suffer horrible deaths in the face of less forgiving dungeons. That was just the way of things and I remember rolling up new characters frequently in the early 1980s when my own exposure to…

Most Old School RPG owned – #RPGaDAY 2014, Day 5

So now we’re on Day 5 of #RPGaDay. It asks us what the most “Old School” RPG may be in your collection. In my collection, it would have to be my classic Dungeons & Dragons or Palladium Fantasy books. But in my defense, I see “Old School” as being nothing more than a way of describing my…

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