Friday Grab Bag: Hexcrawls, GM Guides, Daytrippers, Dungeon World Lite, and More
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OSRShane Ward is writing on a rules-lite OSR hack called OLD SCHOOL TOADSTOOL HACK. Do you want to know more about Hexcrawls? These three podcast episodes will make you (almost) an expert:Fear of a Black Dragon is a production by the guys behind The Gauntlet. I became aware of them because of their Dungeon World podcast Discern Realities. They also put out the community zine Codex. I wrote a review about the current issue - Codex Neon. Here is a free "Tutorial" Dungeon for Old-School Play. It looks mighty interesting, and I can't wait to dig deeper into this.
Genre Neutral MaterialRumors from the Spaceport Bar, PWYW. A random 1D100 list of rumors or possible jobs for a sci-fi setting.
Narrative GamesTod Foley is the author of DayTrippers:
DayTrippers is set in a surrealistic near-future science-fiction multiverse, where an assortment of colorful character classes pilot unique machines into dream worlds and pocket universes to retrieve items of unearthly value and bring them back home. The system is a mixture of "traditional" and "narrative" roleplay with a uniquely simple action resolution system that creates exciting and unpredictable outcomes, and uses D6s only.You can get the PWYW open source rules here (patreon) or here (DTRPG link). Trollbabe recently peaked my interest. Alex Yari played several solo sessions in 2016. The game was surprisingly dark. I liked the simple mechanisms (there is only one stat). Is Trollbabe the predecessor of Lasers & Feelings? Trollbabe is quite old (the second edition is from 2009). The mechanics of both games look similar. Unfortunately, Trollbabe's text lacks clarity. The examples contradict the rules. There is an insightful thread at story-games.com: [Trollbabe] (I did it...) My Way. It also drifts into a general game design discussion and offers an insightful look "under the hood" of this Story Now gem. Joe Banner works on his living document Dungeon World Lite. DW Lite is a concise mini RPG. It doesn't have the same old-school vibe as World of Dungeons but is similarly stripped down.