Last week, I made over at Google+, wherein I asked for some recommendations and advice regarding what system to use for an upcoming game. Erik over at Tenkar's Tavern gave me some good advice to use Labyrinth Lord, which was much appreciated.
I'd like to open up the commentary a bit more, so for those of you who don't use Google Plus, here's the post I left (slightly edited for this blog post):
Going to be running old-school AD&D Module [name/title redacted since my players read my blog] for my Friday night "beer and pretzels" RPG group, and I'm
looking for suggestions from you guys as to what system to use.
Some systems we're considering, and the background:
PATHFINDER: Everyone in the group is familiar with Pathfinder and all
but one of them are currently playing in at least one other Pathfinder
game. They liked it from a player's perspective due to the amount of
customization, but agree that it's a bit of a pain for a DM to run. I'm
comfortable running it and at this point, it's probably the rules system
I'm the most familiar with. However, it would mean a lot of conversions
of the module, which I'm not looking forward to.
They've all played in an OSRIC game that I ran before for Module S3:
Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. Two of them really don't care what
system we use, and thought it was fun. One guy is more of a "storyteller" type of player who rarely gets into the rules and how they work. Another guy is not a
long-time RPG player like the rest of us, and he frankly got very
confused after having tried to figure out Pathfinder, and then saw
everything was different in OSRIC (Descending AC, saving throws, sometimes
wanting to roll high versus sometimes rolling low, using attack table
matrices rather than Base Attack Bonus vs. AC, etc.). He was very
confused. Another guy pretty much disliked the system and favored many of the changes made to the game in the 3.0/3.5/Pathfinder vein. On the plus
side for using OSRIC, it means almost no converting for me.
3) Labyrinth Lord:
The guy above who disliked 1E/OSRIC is curious to try Labyrinth Lord given
its more open-ended, free-wheeling nature. He's heard good things about
the system. I've never played LL but I did play B/X back in the day and
still have my Moldvay box set I could use. On the downside, it means yet
another ruleset these guys have to try to learn, although from what I
remember it's not all THAT different from OSRIC, but from the DM
standpoint I seem to remember it's more "anything goes" and making
decisions on the fly versus looking them up in a rulebook. On the
positive side, it means a lot less conversion work versus converting to
something like Pathfinder.
4) Dungeon World. The same player as
above (the one who doesn't like OSRIC but it curious about Labyrinth
Lord) has also mentioned Dungeon World to me, and after reading a review
on RPG.net, I'm really interested in this one. The cons are that it's a
completely new system, whereas at least the systems above us the
standard D&D names and abilities and stuff. So, for the few
less-than-hardcore gamers in the group, I'm not sure how they'd feel
about having to learn yet a new system. It also means needing to buy a new game and try to get the rules into the hands of the players. On the pro side, I love learning
and playing new systems, and some of the mechanics sound really neat to
me. I'm also intrigued by the idea that the GM doesn't roll dice - he
just decides what happens based on what the players roll. Anyone have
experience with this game?
5) Savage Worlds. We've played a Weird
War 2 game and a few Realms of Cthulhu games with this system, so the
players are comfortable with it (the guy who got confused with OSRIC
really liked it, due to its simplicity and limited numbers tracking).
On the con side, this would take a HUGE amount of conversion work.
D&D Next. I haven't downloaded the playtest yet, but then thought
this might be a good way for us to test out how the rules work with a
truly old-school adventure.
Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments on which system you think I should use.
Thanks for your comments and suggestions!
Hanging: Home office (laptop)
Listening: "I Get Along Without You Very Well" by Chet Baker
Drinking: NOTHING (my water has been turned off while our sprinklers get repaired)