Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Monkeying With Swords & Wizardry

One of the posts that I've been contemplating for some time is a mash-up of old school D&D and Risus. I don't mean using Risus to run old school games (though I'm a big fan of doing just that). Rather, I'm talking about using Risus as a stand-in for a skill/background system for any old version or clone of D&D (like my favorite*, Swords & Wizardry). I never really finished my thoughts on the topic and since I'm not currently playing old school D&D, I put the idea on the shelf.

Well, Rich over at Gaming on the Precipice appears to have picked my brain from afar with his post on using backgrounds with Swords & Wizardry. Though he doesn't come out and say it, he's basically proposing that characters choose one or two Risus cliches to cover miscellaneous challenges. The mechanic isn't specifically Risus (these background aren't rated in dice) but he use use the words "Pump' and "Double-Pump". Anyway, I wholeheartedly approve of his approach. It may not be exactly what I was working on, but it's close enough for my tastes.

* Why is Swords & Wizardry my favorite? The Peter Mullen art is one reason. I also like the crisp presentation and simplified save mechanic. It's D&D stripped down to its most basic, which makes it so much easier to customize.


Matt said...

I did that with Castles & Crusades, and it kinda-almost-worked-but-we-dropped-it. It was almost too expansive a concept for the game, and often people just plain forgot they had the things. I say - give it try, you'll probably have better luck.

Trey said...

This seems like a good idea to me. I'll be interested in seeing the results.

Nero said...

Kinda off topic - old school-ish.

AntiPaladin Games has Bare Bones Mini Six ready for download.

Risus Monkey said...

@Matt & Trey: Yeah, I do want to try it. Once I can organize a game of S&W, I'll post my final approach.

@Nero: Wow, awesome. That mini-six is pretty frickin' cool.

Nero said...

Why is Swords & Wizardry my favorite? It's D&D stripped down to its most basic, which makes it so much easier to customize.

To plumb the depth of my ignorance, I thought the White Box version of S&W was D&D at its most basic.