Monday, March 12, 2012

Just Another Rant (Against the OSR)

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:

5 comments:

  1. I'm with you, dude. The bone of my contention was Crypts & Things, though. I had the same sentiment. They took Swords & Wizardry (which I do like) and bolted most of Akrasia's house rules onto it. Both of those are free, and with S&W available in .doc, a pretty easy kitbash to put together. C&T does include a setting, but the price is steep, and there is something about using the setting as a selling point without acknowledging, at least in ads on the net, where the rules came from. I don't care if they want to make money on their work, but they should at least off a free, no-art version, just to give back to the community that made it all possible for them.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, now that's the pic that should be in the dictionary next to the definition of "fatbeard."

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sort of reminds me of what Eric Cartman might look like "all growed up."

      Delete
  3. Selling your own D&D house rules as a new game has been going on since D&D was first invented. Arduin, Thieves Guild, Paladium, Runequest (in a way), etc. Why does it bother you now?

    Besides, how exactly does the OSR community (if there even is such a thing) stop some dude from publishing something?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Is this some shitty rhetorical question, or do you want a legitimate answer? I honestly can't tell...

      Delete