Monday, October 12, 2009

Free Retro Clones

I'm compiling a link list of all the available free retro clones of note available on the interwebs. I'm sure I've missed quite a few, so if you can point me to more I'll be happy to add them to the link list.

So far I've got:
Thanks.

13 comments:

  1. Depending on how you define "retroclone", Microlite74 counts, particularly version 2.0. It's designed to be compatible with the other retroclones, at least.

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  2. Oh, and the 3.5 SRD may be free, but how is it a retroclone?

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  3. OSRIC should definitely be in your list.

    The Mazes and Monsters link appears to be broken.

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  4. Engines & Empires is a wonderful new campaign setting and game based on LL, described as a cross "between heroic high fantasy and Victorian gaslight romance". I read through the free PDF on Saturday morning and had ordered a hardcopy by noon.

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  5. Off the top of my head :

    - Basic Fantasy
    - Dungeonslayers
    - Spellcraft & Swordplay
    - OSRIC
    - Battleaxe

    Sorry, no links. You'll have to google them.

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  6. Firstly, I should point out that by including a game such as M&M, your use of the term "retro-clone" is incorrect. It could be useful to read the words of the man credited with creating the phrase:

    http://uhluhtcawakens.blogspot.com/2009/07/another-one-bites-dust.html

    However, in the spirit of anything goes, here are a few more to add to the list:

    ZeFRS (Conan RPG clone):

    http://www.midcoast.com/~ricekrwc/zefrs/index.html

    BFRPG: http://www.basicfantasy.org/main.html

    Encounter Critical (like M&M, not a clone):

    http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/encounter-critical.htm

    The All-Seeing Eye (clone of the German rpg Das Schwarze Auge):

    http://www.apolitical.info/webgame/eye/

    And of course you mustn't forget another non-clone - Mutant Future:

    http://www.goblinoidgames.com/mutantfuture.html

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  7. d20srd.org is also a great resource for d20 gaming. It's cross-referenced via hyperlinks, which makes it very handy.

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  9. @Nellisir

    I see you have removed your comment where you asked about a free version of Spellcraft & Swordplay, so I figure you've found it. Just in case you haven't, Jason Vey offers a free basic version of his game here:

    http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/spellcraft-swordplay-basic-e-book/7394414

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  10. Thanks everyone for the great responses!
    Sorry, I used the term "retro clone" way too loosely.

    For lack of a better term...perhaps I'll just call it "old school RPG's" or something along those lines.

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  11. I'm terrible with posting links in comments, but if you check my blog, you'll find links to several rc's down the right-hand side, including a couple not mentioned here, like 4C (a Marvel rc), GORE(runequest?), and Star Frontiersman (3 guesses... :)

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  12. I only recently discovered the retro-clones myself and went on a download spree last week, scarfing up every retro game, adventure and accessory I could find. The folder was over 500 MB when I stopped and I know I missed a few things.

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  13. A scifi retro game X-plorers! http://greyarea.webs.com

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