I can't seem to find a fantasy game I totally love. Either too complicated or to many restrictions.
The old school has it right in simplicity and the new school has it right is options.
With such a system if a Game Master THEN wants to put back in old school restrictions then he can do so.
The solution would be a simple set of OGL rules very close to Basic/LL with all the class and race options like the OGL Pathfinder SRD without any skills or feats list (Just a story and background) AND it be written by a crack team of gamers AND be open source or OGL.
No character class description can be longer than one page.
Monsters no more complicated that S&W. Keep it simple! You got that!
IF the book were to be printed out it would be at no profit or profits going to charity.
Now with this set of rules you could use to make modules etc. but the rules would be forever free except the cost of printing.
If we got let's say 50-100 bloggers to get together and make this free hobbyist Ultimate Open Source Fantasy RPG it would be the bomb. Would you like to help?
Even if you have published a game you must admit you would love to see and play this.
Would anyone be interested in helping in something like this? No money to be made but a really cool idea and more gaming for everybody.
The races would be classic and modern but have no class restrictions or level limits. As many playable races as we can have.
The classes would be simple yet have some of the new innovations of the new school such as 0 level spells being at will. Mage Schools, Sorcerer Bloodlines, Warlock Pacts, Psionics all in there as many classes as are out there but in an Simple OGL Open Source.
A universal mechanic of the D20 roll + (Very few) modifiers vs. a difficulty number. Keep the modifiers and difficulty numbers simple.
Simple combat that can be spiced up by actions of the players and most of all LOW MODIFIERS and numbers. No need for a +37 to hit an AC of 35.
After about 10th (or 15th)level slowing down of going any farther and the possibility of becoming immortals.
So would anyone be interested in such an project? I will be starting a month long job so I will be mostly out of pocket.
In all projects of this sort there will have to be a final decision on any choices to be made and it will be that person's fault.
I nominate myself for this task of Supreme Fall Guy or the SFG.
We have a council of elders
Everyone involved votes and the majority wins.
Where can we start. Divide and conquer. Start out with base rules and attributes. Combat and movement. A few basic classes FTCW and Races HDEH. Magic list. Monster list.
I am willing to use the Guts of my Back to the Dungeon RPG or if anyone can write it better do so.
If you like the idea then spread the word. If the talent will come it will be made. It will not be made by me our you but by all of us.
SO if you like or dislike this idea POST your opinions.