After a bit of a dry spell I’ve decided to dig into this vintage gaming piece of roleplaying. Introduced first to the old AD&D book by my new (on-line) roleplaying group, I started to get interested in the old D&D books. The sticking point… they’re fun to read! Who would have though about that?
The idea of reading this book came to me from an old RPG.net forum thread. Apparently the forum goer wanted to use this product to focus his reading and try to avoid a sort of roleplaying focused ADD and this 300+ pages behemot was his tool to get a good three months of laser beam like focus. My selection has only partial ties with his reasons: I don’t have roleplaying ADD (in his form at least, I’m not -currently- jumping from game to game… I’m devoting hardly any time to rpgs at all) but I do believe that I have this inconvenient problem in other areas of life. The goal is to devote more time to a hobby that has been recently been neglected and what better way to do so than with a really old and non-mainstream (although really cherished from what I’ve been reading) book from the old D&D times?
Well… yeah, maybe it’s not the perfect idea but let me repeat this: the book is fun to read! Specially when compared with 3rd and 4th edition. For some reason (hey the 4th edition book is sitting there gathering dust for a reason) it feels like such a terrible drag to read the bloody tomes! This book (and prolly this style of play) is like a breath of fresh air to my eyes.
While this book might not be for you, for a lot of the lads and lassies of the RPG Bloggers Network I feel that this might be the case, I believe it will be both an entertaining experience to go through it and also a big learning opportunity. And for that, I thought it’d be a hell of an idea to hold you hostage to the process. Wohoo! My goal with this is to have a few games (prolly one shots, so I don’t scare my usual rping group with the proposal) in about mmm… a month or two down the line. I believe that should be quite enough time to get everything ready, have some interesting locales fleshed out and hype the fuck out it in order to brainwash my friends into playing a roleplaying game again.
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