2019-02-06 Adventure Game is the name of the game

Ben makes a good case for calling the style of play we enjoy “adventure game” instead of “old school renaissance” (OSR) or “do it yourself” (DIY) in Adventure Game vs OSR. Should I switch? I think I need more time to think about this.

I’ve tried to articulate something like this before, trying to think of what the OSR means, to me: “I like to think that starting with 6 abilities to define a character, saving throws to avoid mishaps, hit points, to-hit rolls using a d20, damage rolls using smaller dice, xp for gold and levels is 100% OSR.” And yes, this goes in a very different direction, with a focus on the rules and not on the play style. I went on to say that there are things “close in execution, or close in spirit, or just define themselves to be close.” So I guess I knew it wasn’t a good enough definition. And perhaps definitions are overrated, in any case.

I guess in terms of telling prospective players about my game, using the badges makes more sense? A shorthand to describe the kind of game happening at my table.

My GM Badges:

Badges Explanation
I play By-The-Book and “rule-zero” is not being used to alter existing rules
Players characters Death is a likely event in my games
I roll Dice in the open and don’t fudge the results in my games
My games are Gonzo and can include a lot of strangeness
My games rely on a lot of Improvisation rather than pre scripted content
My games focuses on Exploration & Mystery
My games use a pre-made Map and pre scripted content
Players in my game should be prepared to Run when the odds are against them
I will Mirror back player ideas I think are interesting in the game
My game focuses on Player Skill rather than character abilities



What schools I tag my posts on social media, though? #osr is so easy to type. #ag? #adventuregame? Or just #rpg and no qualifier?

– Alex Schroeder 2019-02-08 09:15 UTC

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