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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Games From the Basement - True 20



During the time I was no longer actively playing RPGs but was most certainly buying and reading them, I found True 20. Heck, i was even played in a play by post True 20 game WAY back in the day, but getting caught posting from work kinda put a damper on that ;)

I think what I liked most about True 20 were the sample settings. Damn, I need to dig out that True 20 setting book (Worlds of Adventure) I have buried somewhere and convert one or two of them to Swords & Wizardry. Should be easy enough, as they were mostly fluff if I recall correctly.

Shame it pretty much is "abandon-ware" these days. I think the surge in popularity that Savage Worlds went thru, as well as the pull back on D20 games in general, pulled the rug out from under True 20.


7 comments:

  1. This blog post is curiously timed as I'm currently in a True20 resurgence, myself. I still really dig this system.

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  2. I ran the "Tales of the Caliphate Nights" T20 setting a couple of times at cons. People liked it, and it was very satisfying to run. Paradigm Concepts did a good job with that product - still the most authentic Arabian Nights setting as far as I am concerned.

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  3. I remember playing a True-20 campaign set in a skewed 1970's. There were a variety interesting aspects to the campaign: a Fantasy Island knock-off, zombies from "Omega Man," and space aliens manipulating the humans.

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  4. True20 was awesome; if you go back far enough on my blog there are some True20 posts. Unfortunately, it came out in the same time period as 4e and Pathfinder, so there was a lot of noise in the RPG atmosphere and it just never got traction.

    A lot the True20 material is on my list to convert to S&W eventually. I think I've got all of it except the Warrior's Handbook.

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  5. DuBeers, that sounds like the _Damnation Decade_ sourcebook. One of my favorite rpg products ever.

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  6. Ah, yes! That's the very one! Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. I enjoyed the heck out of True 20 and wish it had gotten more love too.

    Converting the True20 Adept to S&W (or and OSR game) would be interesting.

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