Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I'm Making a List, I'm Checking It Twice!

So, with the entirely subjective list of D&D influenced OSR games ordered by complexity of rules, I find myself trying define the parameters of the list.

I'm inclined NOT to include sci-fi games, but there are 2 outstanding choices that practically beg to be included: Stars Without Numbers and X-plorers. So maybe they should be included for completeness if nothing else.

I've decided that the rules must be available in English. If I can't read the rules, I'll be unable to evaluate how complex the rules are.

They don't have to be free (although most seem to have a free PDF version available). If something that isn't on my initial list is available at RPGNow, point that out to me. Or point me to where it can be found - my google-fu is decent but by no means perfect.

I'm figuring to use the following "Bands" to indicate complexity:


Fairly Simple


Fairly Complex


The labels may change, but those are the groupings I'm looking at.


  1. Humbly submit Beacon - Fairly Simple to Average complexity.


  2. Todd, the blog looks great! I'll look closer tonight, and will add it to the list.

  3. I would like to throw "Neoclassical Geek Revival" into the ring in the Average Complexity (or Fairly Simple depending on where you count AD&D)

  4. Z - adding the quick start to Neoclassical Geek Revival to the Free OSR list


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