Saturday, November 14, 2015
My Newfound Appreciation for Swords & Wizardry White Box (from a hardcore S&W Complete Gamer)
My love of all things Swords & Wizardry is pretty well known, but until recently that affection was directed mostly at the Complete version (Core is fine, but if you are going to go Core you might just as well go Complete INHO.)
Now, White Star builds off of S&W White Box in an exceptional manner. I am drawn to S&W Complete because it comes damn close to emulating AD&D 1e as we played it - without all of the fiddly bits but White Star opened my eyes to the idea that even further simplicity opens up way more options. More options for the DM, more options for the players, more options for the campaign. Sometimes less is more.
When I decided I was interested in developing a DragonsStar / Spelljammer inspired setting for Swords & Wizardry, I knew White Star was going to be an integral part of that. So, I went deep into my collection and pulled out my beat up copy of S&W White Box in softcover (leaving the S&W White Box boxed set safely on it's display shelf - that shit aint cheap.) Yep, +James Spahn knew what he was doing when he reached for the White Box edition of S&W.
You can download S&W White Box for free at +Matt Finch 's website - SwordsAndWizardry.com
Not only is it in PDF format but there is also an MS Word Doc version that you can houserule to your heart's content.
If print is your desire, Lulu has Swords & Wizardry White Box in both hardcover and softcover flavors.
Alright, need to get ready for work. Downloaded S&W White Box to my phone for yet another reread tonight.