Ive been having game systems running through my head all night and at the end I think the best system for me is Dungeon World, just because I've run it the most and it's the one I'm the most confident with.

Here a list of rejected systems:

Torchbearer: too complex to teach randoms and too expensive for me to assume they'll buy the book and teach themselves (sorry). Also I'm unsure how long distance travel meshes with short distance dungeon crawls.

I really wanted this one to work but it wasn't practical.

Beyond The Wall

The Further Afield expansion is truely wonderful and I'll definitely be borrowing from it. Sadly though with only four classes I wasn't sure that the players would be able to destinguish themselves from each other meaningfully mechanically. I also felt that a lot of the gold in this systems was the meta rules around character creation and the Further Afield travel rules. I can use those meta rules in a different system I like more.

DnD 5e

This was a close one because it's the game I know everyone knows. Sadly though, I've never played it and from outside it seems impenetrable to run at scale.

Honestly if someone made a good case to me about why DnD is perfect for West Marches I would probably flip over to it.


Why I'm not entirely happy with DW:

I really liked Matt Covils vision of WestMarches where the game gets harder the further out you go and that you need to progress to take on these challenges.

Although it can be a strength, DW has a reasonably flat power curve so I'm not sure how much progression there is.

There's also going to be pressure on me as the DM to reign in my narrative tendencies when I run the game as when running a shared campaign there needs to be an actual shared reality.

@Tom If you are wanting to stick to the familiar (D&D) and yet keep it simple like DW, have you looked at #BFRPG?


It is free and FLOS too! So it is easy to try out.

@Tom yeah! I and if you want more crunch than the base, your can scroll down this link to the supplements sections; pick and choose and all.

Another GM and I were talking about how much we love the Bard songs section in the quasi classes down there.


#rpg #osr #bfrpg

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