So I haven't posted in around a month...after an already sparse month. Typically it's a lot easier to post about stuff that annoys me, rather than anything positive, and I've been relatively happy for quite some time, hence the dearth of posts. But today...yes, today, something has given me reason to be annoyed: Adventure Conquerer King.
Seriously, what the fuck is this? Is the current state of the OSR simply passing off house rules as new material? Oh, I see...you liked B/X but wanted better combat tables and some "cool" character classes. Okay. I did the same thing when I was in 8th grade. I didn't charge people for my ideas because THERE WASN'T ANYTHING ORIGINAL ABOUT THEM. Not one fucking thing. This game is extremely derivative, offers nothing that you can't find for free floating around somewhere (as much as I don't care for Swords & Wizardry, it's free and well-written), and is written in such a way that really annoys me. The layout is nice, sure, but I get nothing out of this game at all. It doesn't inspire me to play, completely unlike reading Moldvay Basic. In fact, the clinical approach sucks all the fun out of D&D. Imagine that, a game that doesn't seem fun to play, a real winner to be sure.
I think this image macro sums up my response were someone to ask if they should purchase Adventure Conquerer King: