Since LotFP uses Open Game License, and I really DO love what they’ve done rule-wise in their core system, I’ve been toying with the notion of doing a cleaned up version for a more general audiences release.
Notably, most of the rules and descriptive text would not need much or any changing, but I’d be looking at changing some verbage to lighten the tone and make it clearer for people new to RPGs. Also, I’d probably be discarding some of the rules for resource management, investments, hirelings, etc. It’s not because those things are unimportant. They’re great, and handled really well by LotFP. But if people want those things, well, this version would still be compatible with any system that tracked the economics of adventuring. My idea is something that you can hand to a completely green gamer and start gaming with in a few minutes. Worry about the complicated stuff later. Also, I’m thinking something along the lines of Adventure Time type art.
All of this is just brainstorming at this point, but if these ideas appeal to anyone, I’d be very happy to have help and support within the gaming community!
- Simple rules with clear descriptions (LotFP has already done most of this work for me)
- A “neutral” core system that could be plugged into as wholesome or unwholesome gaming environment as the players want, but without invoking the latter
- A core book that ANY OSR people would feel comfortable sharing with their kids
- A product that does not play into pre-conceived notions about sexism and racism in the gaming community
Anyway, at this stage, I’m just thinking on the page. I’d love to hear some feedback and perspective from other OSR types.