Hi Jasper. Four years is a pretty good lurk. Thanks for delurking. Welcome to The Piazza.Jasper wrote: ↑Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:12 amHi,
My name is Jasper. Been a lurker for a bit. As for gaming, I've been playing D&D since 1981 or so. Back then I had the Red Basic book and Blue Expert book and would get really confused when I tried to run a module like Sinister Secrets of Saltmarch which referred to things like Illusionists and Color Spray as I didn't understand there were two concurrent D&D systems lol.
That "Basic"/"Advanced" split confused me too. I am a Spelljammer fan and was actually considering getting Hollow World to help me with hollow Spelljammer worlds, but the hype surrounding AD&D being "advanced" made me think that I wouldn't be able to use any of the Classic D&D stuff without a ton of work learning the other system. I can see why Wizards of the Coast decided to drop down to having one branch of D&D.
I've heard good things about 5th Edition. It's not for me, but I think it's been quite good at bringing together some of the good ideas of older versions of D&D. (It's a shame they don't have more support for different settings though.)
You sure have done a lot of stuff. I've got a couple of Legend of the Five Rings books, but only because they are part of the 3rd Edition Oriental Adventures line. I'm not sure I'd play the Lot5R system, as I prefer D&D.Jasper wrote: ↑Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:12 amPlayed a ton of other RPGs - back in the day it was The Fantasy Trip (my first RPG actually), Car Wars, Twilight 2000, a ton of Rolemaster, various Palladium stuff, later on Vampire the Masquerade, Werewolf the Apocalypse, Fading Suns, Legends of the Five Rings, 7th Sea, Exalted, Scion. Sampled a lot of other games as well for briefer periods. I usually DM rather than play. Probably forgotten about others.
My favourite D&D setting is by far Mystara. Was upset when they switched it over to 2nd edition, much preferring BECMI. My favourite D&D Mystara module is X2: Castle Amber and my favourite setting is GAZ3 The Principalities of Glantri though most of my adventures were set in Karameikos simply for convenience (Karameikos allows Cleric, Halflings and Dwarves), besides that Karameikos is also a great setting.
I've always looked at conversions (official or fan ones) as a way to bring fans of other rules systems to a campaign setting, but it does look like there have been some poor marketing issues around edition changes. I've heard other Mystara fans express dislike about the 2nd Edition products. And I recently heard that Jeff Grubb was so disappointed about executive meddling during the 2nd Edition Mystara production process that he decided to leave TSR.
Luckily we don't have to worry about any of the old politics of edition changes here and folks can take the best ideas from the 2e Mystara stuff and retro-convert it to BECMI if that works better for them.
I've not heard of those videos Mr Welch has been making. Do you have links?Jasper wrote: ↑Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:12 amI am currently on a Mystara/BECMI tear, inspired by Mr. Welch's recent YouTube postings reviewing old books. Been pouring over articles on the Vaults of Pandius and various other blogs and sites and yoinking various things in case I even run something there again.
So that's it for now. I've been compiling a few questions which I'll end up posting on the Mystara board at some point.Jasper