Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Comprehensive List of Retro-Clones?

Are you like me and never tire of getting, reading, and sometimes even playing Retro-Clones? Since more are published nearly every week, and there are already so many out there I was curious if anyone put together a comprehensive list.

The problem, obviously, is in the definition of Retro-Clone. Are they all remakes of various versions of early D&D and its sources? Or are they of any RPG from the early 80's and before? Or does the goal post keep moving so that it is any RPG more than 20 years old? (actually, I don't think that is a terrible definition, then it is much like some definitions used for classic cars).

At this point the vast majority of them are of OD&D, Basic D&D, and 1st Edition D&D, with the occasional Chainmail and speculative "what would Gygax have done?" edition.

Fortunately Taxidermic Owlbear has put together a pretty good page of them.

And of course there is this old thread on the RPGSite which is an excellent compilation.

Here are a couple more good compilations:


  1. As comprehensive as any that exists:

  2. Re the link from The Ruins of Murkhill forum. I originally started that thread over at the OD&D Discussion forums at back in Sept of 2011. I now maintian the thread on both forums, although I am due for an update at this time.

  3. Got it, updated the post. Thanks!