Saturday, March 26, 2011

Your Dungeon is Suck

Spent some time this morning reading through Your Dungeon is Suck. I came across this sarcastic, foul-mouthed, hilarious blog via Beyond the Black Gate. It is a thoroughly entertaining indulgence, a veritable feast on the worst of the OSR filled with barbs, attacks, characterizations, and poignant digs at all the old-school gaming bloggers. I especially like the ones that hit close to home. I'm guilty of almost all the infractions he charges OSR bloggers with (except I haven't made a retro-clone; yet...).

One point in particular made on YDiS is about the minuscule and barely relevant rules differences between the original set through 3.5 edition. (It is true that 4th edition is just out in left field - a nearly complete departure from the original rules). With barely any effort and a tad bit of imagination you can pull a monster, a magic item, or even a whole adventure from something published in 1974 and play it with your 3.5 edition books. It really cracks me up to read on forums how worked up individuals will get over a weapon that does d6 damage in the Original Edition and the same weapon doing d8 damage in 3.5 edition.
This is the quote from YDiS that really got me:
If you do not have the imaginative gumption to bridge the insignificant mechanical gap between these [editions], then you should not be playing roleplaying games – you should be reading books. If you still need a creative outlet to express the glorious uniqueness that is you, write fanfic.
Ok, I'm going back to work on my retro-clone now. It's going to have the 3 truly true classes, and only the 3 truly true classes, and it will have hobbits, balrogs and banths. Oh, and all weapons will only do d6 damage, because I know you were very concerned about that.

Sometimes its good to laugh at yourself a little. ;)

5 comments:

  1. How do you feel about half-banths? :)

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  2. Since half-banths did not appear in the original edition, and lord Burroughs never mentioned half-banths in any of the hallowed Mars books, I am against half-banths in any manner.

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  3. I actually found this blog and was ready to hate it.. I think the guy focuses just a bit too much on male genatalia but WOW.. he really does make some great points once you get past the sexual innuendos.

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  4. IT AM ARE TROO THOMAS DANMARK - I LAFF AT YOU A LITTLE ALL TEH TIME AND IT AR GEWD!11!

    :p
    -NUNYA

    PS - @ TEH DAIV - IF YOU TILT YORE HED BAK AN UDDER 10 DIGREES AND RELACKS YORE JAW I AM SHORE YEW COOD FIT MORE OF THOMASDAN MARK DOWN YORE THROTE!!1

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