Welcome to the April A to Z blogging Challenge for 2012.
My name is Tim Brannan and this is my blog, The Other Side. This month I am going to review Role Playing Games. I am going to give you my opinions, overviews, reviews and maybe even some fluff or crunch.
Adventurer Conqueror King System.
ACKS (as it is also known) is what is known as a "Retro Clone", that is it takes a modern rule system (the d20 SRD) and make it emulate an older game. In this case Basic/Expert era (1980-1982) D&D. I discussed Basic D&D during last years A to Z challenge.
ACKS though is more than that. Part of the game's premise is it has a definite beginning and end. In game play characters are limited to 14th level.
Unlike other "Basic" retro-clones (like Basic Fantasy or Labyrinth Lord), ACKS also uses a skill system and complete rules for running and maintaining a kingdom of your own. Typically these kind of rules have shown up in later "Companion" rules.
Depsite the fact that there is nothing here I haven't seen before, I really like ACKS. My son has been playing in a weekly ACKS game and I helped contribute to the Witch class in the upcoming Player's Companion.
Speaking of witches, my own witch classes from "The Basic Witch" and "Eldritch Witchery" are compatible with the ACKS witch. You can use the same spells, traditions and magic with all three. In fact having all three gives you a more complete class.
I have spoken about ACKS before here and here, but the one thing I haven't mentioned is that of the recent batch of retro-clones, ACKS is the best looking one.
Player's Companion promises to be very interesting and hopefully it will take the game to new areas.
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