Some thoughts on simple vs. advanced D&D-ish systems

At the gaming table…

This is the first post in a short series where I will discuss my current favourite iterations of D&D-ish games and the reasons for why I like them. I will also have a look at their support, adventure- and supplement-wise.

When I decided to take up playing D&D again some years back, I went for familiar and simple rules, and ever since I’ve considered myself a “simple D&D guy”. But that has changed over the years, and now I prefer a bit more crunch.


Because I want a game that support my style of GM:ing and play in my world.

We played a Rules Cyclopedia game for over a year and during that time it became painfully clear that the old D&D rules didn’t live up to my expectations of what I should be able to do as a GM. (Yes, I know that I can wing it, but I prefer some principal rules over winging).

I then started searching for a D&D version that would combine my game preferences in a cohesive package. This lead to the clones and the OSR.

My preferences:

  • Simple core mechanisms
  • Separate race and class
  • Lots to choose from: spells, classes, player races, gear, monsters etc.
  • A simple and solid non-combat, non-dungeeonering task resolution system
  • Good compatibility with older as well as newer editions of the game
  • Support for both old school as well as new school play
  • Easy to modify for different flavored campaigns (high fantasy, low fantasy, dark fantasy etc.)

That’s about the basic premise of this series.

And yes, it will be some heresies for you old schoolers, but I think you can manage that :)



Update on the Lulu printed versions of my adventures

Just wanted to tell you that I just uploaded new versions of four PDFs to Lulu:

Per Aspera Ad Inferi I: No Country for Weak Men (B&T ed.)

Per Aspera Ad Inferi I: No Country for Weak Men (S&W ed.)

Per Aspera Ad Inferi II: Come to Daddy (B&T ed.)

Per Aspera Ad Inferi II: Come to Daddy (S&W ed.)

So now it’s just to wait for the print proofs… As soon as I can confirm that they are OK, the books will be available again :)

And now – back to my new adventure!

Come to Daddy available in print!

EDIT: 2015|08|10

The print proofs from LULU had some problems with them so I’ve taken down the printed version until I can fix it.


My first game book in print

As of today, the evil that is Daddy’s Farm in the Silent Valley, can be experienced in printed format.

A5-format with full color covers and black & white inside content.

Get it now!

Per Aspera Ad Inferi II: Come to Daddy (for Blood & Treasure)

Per Aspera Ad Inferi II: Come to Daddy (for Swords & Wizardry Complete)

Next up is print versions of Per Aspera Ad Inferi I: No Country for Weak Men!

Those bloody nilmergs… new versions of Come to Daddy ready for download

Despite proof reading, re-reading and re-reading again, I found some inconsistencies and misspellings as well as lost words and too small table frames when I worked on the S&W conversion of Come to Daddy.

Now I think that at least 99.9% of the errors are fixed, though I’m sure I will find more next time I read it…

Corrected versions of the Blood & Treasure as well as the Swords & Wizardry versions of the adventure is now available at the same links as before, or here (see bottom of Loot page).