Well so far I like it. The characters provided are a tiny bit simpler that a 2nd edition character so not too bad. It seems to have an old school feel about it. If they make the rules right and them LEAVE them alone and remake and make great modules they will get my money.
I need to see more class and character options though. Please bring back 3d6 in order with adjustments.
Make some more downloadable PCs.
Attributes have the D20 modifiers as well as the same to very close to hit modifiers. SO a starting character will have the +6 to hit and 1d12 +7 damage with an axe.
Hit Points are CON score plus class HD so characters start out quite able to survive. There are death saves when at 0 HP where if you get 3 in a row you recover or if you fail you take 1d6 damage to a max of your Con + level in negative.
Why does a Fire Beetle have a CHA of 7? Why even have attributes? Most look easy to kill but a few of them have very high Hit Points like an Ogre has 88HP, Owlbears 110HP, Trolls 132, and so on. What is with the huge HP inflation of the larger monsters? Makes them scary but really. In the elegant olden days we just had to hit dependant of hit dice and a set dice number to roll for damage.
Monsters are well laid out and not full paged although they do have attributes and such. The Stat Blocks would be better if you streamlined them even more. It would be nice to have to have the computer or a book to run a game because the encounter stat blocks were only a few lines like in the Blue Box or OE.
FOR Example: ORC AC16 HD1d8 Move30' Damage 1d10 (Weapon) XP20
Monsters get +1 to hit every 2 Hit Dice.
Treasure is XP x 1d6gp in treasure.
The best part is they have removes skills and feats in the D20 form and replaced it with Backgrounds that provide the skill roll bonuses. Such as a Commoner gives you Animal Handling +3, Commerce +3, and Folklore +3. I would assume they join up with the attribute roll which does not seem to be modified by level.
This looks like it is going to be an enjoyable version and I will have to say D&D is BACK!
The Return of Planescape? - Curious. There is a brief note on this 'countdown' at Enworld.
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