Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I bet I could use these rules for...

Longtime readers of this blog knows I am a nutcase when it comes to collecting some games. I have multiple copies of the 2nd ed. DragonQuest rules in addition to the 3rd ed. copy I own. It's a very old school game, quirky and fiddly like the best of them. I have been charmed by it since I first read it, but have yet to play it. One reason for that is the fact it's designed to be played with a hex map for tactical combat, and that is a bit of a hassle in a Hangout session.

Now I caught the bug again, since I took down my Kingdoms of Kalamar books. KoK is a fantasy world that is a bit like Greyhawk in that it's medieval fantasy without any special twists. There's nothing to get "weirded out" by like in Tekumel och Glorantha. Just plain fantasy. For some a bit too plain, even.

What would be better pairing then than to play it in that world using the down to earth and deadly DragonQuest system? I have now spent some days thumbing through books and pondering how it could be done. God knows if I'll ever be able to convince anyone to try it, but it was fun to think about for a few days.

So, this got me thinking.

How often have you encountered a book, a film och a tv-series and felt it just had to be turned into a rpg? Quite a few times I'd guess.

How often have you taken down an old favourite game, like that less than loved rules set you love that don't get the love on the blogs and on g+, and felt it should be cool to use it for, that thing? For me it happens all the time. My version of the classic gaming ADD is strongly connected to that behaviour. Last time I counted I owned 103 different rules system (counting separate D&D editions as different games), so that could be why.

Maybe it's just me being odd...


  1. Back in the dawn of time, I used to play DQ quite a bit and we never used the hex maps for combat. It is an interesting system with an especially intriguing magic system. I also like that Orc is a viable race option in DQ.

    1. Interesting. I'd love to hear more about how you did that.

      I have been thinking of the old Traveller system, where you have range bands. Since the key for DQ is if you are engaged or not, maybe that could work. It would be more suitable to a Hangout game than a hexmap.

      It is indeed intriguing.

  2. Oh I do that fairly often XD As I was telling Troy and his wife yesterday, about every 18 months I do a complete read-through of all my Traveller books and dream about all the sf games I could run!

    Plus, I recently discovered I still have the original two boxed sets of TSR's Star Frontiers! That would be fun to try to play again...

    Meanwhile, I'm seriously considering getting Bethorm!

    1. A complete read-through is more than I manage. My focus drift so easily. Troy is married now? Give him and the wife our belated well wishes and congratulations!

      Star Frontiers is interesting. I have some books for it, and have considering tracking down a complete set.

      Do get Bethorm. It's not bad at all.


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