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Author Topic: Regarding the OSR goodness: Do you prefer the takes on OD&D, or B/X, or AD&D?  (Read 2358 times)

Razor 007

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Which one has inspired the best heritage within the OSR?
« Last Edit: September 11, 2020, 11:46:33 PM by Razor 007 »
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I prefer B/X--specifically the Rules Compendium version.
No idea on the rest of your question.

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B/X for me as well.
AD&D was the first I played... but when I came back to being interested in D&D it was B/X and the OSR takes on it.

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Why not all?  :D


I love Swords & Wizardry, Labyrinth Lord & OSRIC about equally. Probably the OD&D based stuff has been the most innovative, eg White Star. But for "let's play", OSRIC as a reproduction of AD&D-as-played is perfect.

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Personally I prefer the takes on OD&D, Jason Vey's Conan booklets being some of my favorite OSR materials. However it does seem like B/X really took off in the OSR in general.

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At this point I am sold on Adnd, maybe using some houserules from Dragonsfoot, to fix certain things.

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I prefer OD&D, but have played more B/X.
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Either OD&D or AD&D takes, depends on my mood.

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I strongly prefer B/X.

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Which one has inspired the best heritage within the OSR?


I can't speak to that because the OSR has changed since it began. I can say that I've gotten some good mileage out of Basic Fantasy and Advanced Labyrinth Lord*.


*I've found that Players like ALL better than regular Labyrinth Lord, but I like regular LL over ALL as GM.


EDIT: I think that the above game lines carry on some traditions of AD&D and B/X D&D, but are hybrids of them which brings out a different (and I'd say) better gaming experience that what was.
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Re: Regarding the OSR goodness: Do you prefer the takes on OD&D, or B/X, or AD&D?
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2020, 02:27:10 PM »
I am a huge ACKS fanboy, so B/X there. But my heart of hearts belongs to 1e AD&D. OSRIC works, but the text lacks the Gygaxian prose that so informed my youth.

It's no surprise that my burgeoning game is a 1e/OSRIC/ACKS mash-up...

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Re: Regarding the OSR goodness: Do you prefer the takes on OD&D, or B/X, or AD&D?
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2020, 06:21:36 PM »
Okay, so if I'm looking for an AD&D with better rules, what's my best bet?  (And don't say 2e)

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Re: Regarding the OSR goodness: Do you prefer the takes on OD&D, or B/X, or AD&D?
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2020, 06:44:43 PM »
OSRIC is nice and clean, easy to use.  The prior version of Havkmaster is a fun read, but clunky.
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Re: Regarding the OSR goodness: Do you prefer the takes on OD&D, or B/X, or AD&D?
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2020, 07:09:04 PM »
I'd have to say AD&D, as far as published "OSR" rules sets go. OSRIC is very solid. I also like Astonishing Swordsmen & Swordsmen of Hyperborea, although I like it more for the subclasses and setting than for the rules themselves. I always run games using the 1e books. But I sometimes draw on OSRIC or AS&SH supplements and modules. And if there are players that want a copy of the rules, I'm happy to point them towards the free OSRIC pdf.


I also like original D&D, of course, but again I favor using the original TSR rules and then modifying them to suit your game. That's the biggest strength of original D&D, in my opinion. Consequently, I don't draw on the original D&D clones much, although I'd be happy to use a S&W module (for example) in my original D&D game.


I think Lion & Dragon is pretty cool. I haven't run it as its own thing, but I've drawn on it as a resource for certain original D&D "mini campaigns" that I've run.



I guess that's my pattern: I don't really run "OSR" games, but I love being able to draw on OSR game supplements/adventures/etc. as resources for my 1e AD&D and original D&D games.



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Re: Regarding the OSR goodness: Do you prefer the takes on OD&D, or B/X, or AD&D?
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2020, 08:25:48 PM »
Okay, so if I'm looking for an AD&D with better rules, what's my best bet?  (And don't say 2e)


Give Advanced Labyrinth Lord a look. It is pretty good for a better but still compatable AD&D.