Questions tagged [retro-clones]

For questions about "retro-clones", rewrites or reimaginings of older roleplaying games - usually but not exclusively related to Dungeons & Dragons.

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LotFP Combining Power for Summon

I have a bit of a fascination with the lamentations-of-the-flame-princess summon spell (Grindhouse Rules & Magic p142). I am wondering if there are any rules or guidelines for combining HD of ...
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What is the game system that is based on Marvel Super Heroes RPG?

I know that there is one game system that is based upon the old Marvel Super Heroes RPG, but I forget what the name is. Thus my question is, which system is this? (It is basically the same ruleset as ...
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Running LotFP Weird Fantasy Role-Playing one-shot in 5e

I've decided to run the "Tower of the Stargazer" module, created for Lamentations of the Flame Princess RPG. It is a highly lethal adventure, though it has almost no combat encounters and being ...
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Seeking a specific D&D retro-clone

I'm fairly sure this game exists, but I can't figure out for the life of me which one it is. I know it's not Darker Dungeons, Labyrinth Lord, or LotFP, because I just checked them before posting this. ...
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Why are there maximum level caps for race in S&W? [duplicate]

We had an incredibly fun time with our first Swords & Wizardry session and are wondering why non-human character races have a cap for maximum level. For instance, in the core rules: Dwarven ...
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Are there rules for increasing ability scores after character creation in Basic D&D?

Are there any rules (house or otherwise) for increasing ability scores after character creation in Basic D&D or any of its retro clones? (Other than magic items or wishes.) When we generated ...
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Are there any examples of OGL retro-clones of non-D&D games, which weren't based on text released by the game owner? [closed]

I'm planning a project to create a retro-clone of a non-D&D game. The problem is that I specifically want to restate the mechanics of the game as faithfully as possible, but I'm not sure how to ...
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How does Swords & Wizardry differ from Labyrinth Lord?

How do the rules of the 0e retro-clone Swords & Wizardry differ from Labyrinth Lord? What are the differences that a player or GM would notice when going from one system to the other?
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Why do Clerics unlock 3rd and 4th level spells at the same experience level?

In Moldvay, possibly Holmes, and the retro-clone, Swords & Wizardry, Clerics simultaneously unlock 3rd and 4th level spells at the 6th experience level. They advance from 2/2 at level 5, to 2/2/1/...
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Larry Elmore's Public Domain Art

I recently read that some of Larry Elmore's Black & White Art was released into the public domain, which would be of great benefit to people making retroclones. I'm unable to find it though. ...