Saturday, January 7, 2012

Here There Be Dragons...update

Working with my son right now on his dragon book.  He has a lot of cool ideas and I like how the book is shaping up.

After going around a couple times on the system we wanted to use, we decided today that the book will be stated up for 1st Edition Advanced rules.

We felt there are a ton of books out there for 3e.  We were not really interested in doing it for 4e though either.  Basic was my original choice since it can be translated well.  We even very, very briefly considered Savage Worlds (his new favorite).

I need to read over the OSRIC license IF I want to indicate compatibility with OSRIC (no idea if I want too or not yet).  Of course there is the Labyrinth Lord "Advanced Edition Companion" and that is also a good candidate.  They both represent the same era of play and are largely compatible with each other.

I think this is a good way to go to be honest.  His ideas are very much n the mindset of the earliest days of the hobby; when everything was permitted and no one said you couldn't have a blue dragon that had ice cold fire as a breath weapon.  HTBD will be a new point of view on these creatures, something I think we could all use after nearly 40 years.

Not sure on the deadline or when it will be out.  But the author is working on it when it is his turn to use the homework computer.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like it should be great.

The Jovial Priest said...

Sounds fun. An old school next generation release.

The Jovial Priest said...

Sounds fun. An old school next generation release.

Havard: said...

Have you considered Dark Dungeons RPG, the RC "Clone"? :)

Timothy S. Brannan said...

@Harvard: I know of DD but I prefer Labyrinth Lord or Basic Fantasy RPG.

We are very excited about using 1st ed.

Tim Knight said...

Looking forward to it. My personal pitch would be for S&W (then you have both Ascending & Descending AC) - but ultimately all the D&D variants are pretty easy to translate to each other.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I am doing Ascending and Descending AC with "The Witch" even though it is aimed at "Basic" era play.

My son wanted 1st ed because his new favorite books of mine are my 1st ed Deities and Demigods and the first Monster Manual.

Plus there are a ton of Dragon books if you like 3e/Pathfinder.

1st ed just really clicked with us.

Tim Knight said...

Who doesn't love 1st Edition Deities & Demigods!?!?! ;D

garrisonjames said...

This is a great project. If the 1st Edition Monster Manual is inspiring to your son, then that's about as awesome a testimonial to the valuable imagination-juice still being in that stuff even after all these years.It will be fun to see what he comes up with, and by all means, Go For It!