Jun 082011

On the slim chance that you haven’t heard Goodman Games has released the beta the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG.
Since I’m a fascination with Old School games, I figured I’d have a look. There’s some stuff that pretty cool. There’s a neat old school feel to it. I like the mechanic with the Luck stat. In theory, I think starting off as bunch of 0 level nobodies might be fun. I like the ways the cleric has been tweaked a little. And still wrapping my head around some of the mercurial magic stuff but it looks very interesting and very tweakable.
But really, I just can’t get over the funky dice. Sorry. The DCC RPG also riles up one of my pet peeves. Too many damned charts. A chart for every spell? It feels like the basic mechanic of the game should be “roll some dice then check a chart.” Don’t get me wrong random tables can be fun but every time the wizard casts a spell.
I still think that this game is going to provide a lot of nifty inspiration, despite my misgivings. But don’t let my opinions, stop you. Just head on over and give it a look yourself and make your own decisions.
And, yes, I know they are taking comments on their forums. I just don’t need yet another forum that I sign up for and then post one or two times and then move on.

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  5 Responses to “Dungeon Crawl Classics Play Test Begins! Hmmm.”

  1. It’s nice to see that not everyone is wetting themselves over this game. I’ve read through it and wasn’t impressed. Given that there are some damn good games out there (old and new school) why is everyone so enthralled over a game that really doesn’t seem to improve upon what is already available.

  2. I think the main reason so many are enthralled with it is bascially a cult of personality. Goodman has put out out some damned good stuff and has a decent following.
    From what I’ve seen most people are happy about the funky dice and all too many charts.

  3. @ Chuck
    You are probably right and if so more power to ’em. I hope the game does well and sells a million copies. I don’t see anything in it that I like, but to each his own.

  4. Can’t wait to hear a more ‘in-depth’ review and playtest from the Geek Life Project.

  5. Too many games, too little time. But I’ll mention it to my group and see what they think. Shakes Magic 8 Ball. “Outlook is dim.”

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