There and back again

One of the things I have been thinking about for the last couple of months is the complexity of modern roleplaying games. Bruce and I were talking about it not too long ago and he commented, if you need a computer program to make a character, your game is too complex. This of course got us to talking about the “Good Old Days” when it literally took 10 minutes to build a character. Since then I have been thinking about, what is the simplest RPG I could possibly run. I think the answer to that is probably the old Holmes Blue Basic Set published in 1977. Obviously 3rd level would be too big of a limitation, however there are a couple of expansion PDF’s out there that expand the game to 14th level and building on top of that would not be terribly difficult. I rolled this character up a few days ago. I used 4d6, take the best 3 and re-roll the lowest score.

Str: 13 Int: 13 Wis: 8 Dex: 16 Con: 11 Cha: 10
Class-Fighter Race-Human Level-1 Hit Points- 6

Chain Mail and Shield (AC 4)
Battle Axe
Iron Ration x5
Flask of Oil x2

He probably would make a better thief than fighter, but I figure if you do what is not expected you probably get a better character. We use to play for months with characters that looked just like this. No special abilities, no feats, no skills, we pretty much just made shit up as we went along. Of course the real problem would be talking some of our younger players into such a crude game.

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