Saturday, February 11, 2012

Free OSR RPG - Dungeon Raiders

Dungeon Raiders is a strange little beast.  It takes some of the main concepts of D&D and squeezes it into 10 pages.  How effective is the squeeze?  Effective, but the end result is like reading D&D with a fun house mirror.  It's recognizable, but it's greatly changed.

The author says he wrote it to "experience the construction of a Classic Dungeons & Dragons retroclone".  If that is the standard he's measuring himself against, it's probably a failure, because it strays too far from it's source material to be a clone.  As a game inspired and obviously building upon OD&D, I think it probably succeeds.  It certainly looks quick and easy to play.

It's does not use the OGL and is instead released by the author into the Public Domain.  Not sure how that works but it's a nice gesture.

From the blurb:

Yet another retroclone, Dungeon Raiders simplifies Original D&D and early D&D into one straightforward fantasy RPG system. Included are stats, rules, and spells for characters up to level 3, and it'll probably take you a while to get there.

Includes art by Jared von Hindman

1 comment:

  1. I downloaded and looked it over. It seems pretty neat, but without enough muscle to carry a campaign. For some gonzo, pick-up game fun, I think it would do well enough, though. And, being free to download and cheap to print, the buy-in is pretty easy.


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