Saturday, August 24, 2013


i mentioned in my previous post that my friends and i have recently purchased one of our favorite local gaming stores. we took control in may - and we're still open - so i guess that means we're doing something right.

it's been interesting talking to all of our customers about games and all other things related to this hobby of ours...but the one thing that has taken us by surprise is the general attitude of gamers towards the current rules-heavy games. as you can imagine, the most heavily played rpg in the store is PATHFINDER - but here's the kicker - many, many of the players are tired of it. most of them play it because it's the only fantasy rpg they've ever played  - counting of course, 3.X.  we've overheard the players complaining about the rules, the constant focus on combat and all that - so we decided to take a gamble and start running all the rules-lite games that we like.

guess what? SUCCESS. they love it. and they BUY IT. the runaway hit has been SWORDS AND WIZARDRY COMPLETE. we've sold through 3 orders from frog god and just placed another one due to the demand. crazy, right? it's funny watching these players (who are all used to min-maxing and "building" characters) be told to roll 3d6 in order...and when they get a 17 or 18 they're like "what do you mean it's just a +1 bonus?". but they're having fun and most of them see these easier games as a breath of fresh air.
speaking of SWORDS AND WIZARDRY - as much as i like COMPLETE...i'd like to profess my love for the BRAVE HALFLING version of WHITE BOX. it's just awesome and simple and allows me to do whatever i want.

is there still love out there for WHITE BOX? i hope so - i just made a character sheet for it. it's in the same "style" of my previous effort for S&W COMPLETE...but this one can be printed on both sides, cut, and placed in your WHITE BOX.  check it out...

download it here.

EDIT: the pdf was printing weird and when i tried printing on both sides it cut into the character sheet. i fixed the pdf and it should cut cleaner now.  sorry about that.

EDIT: i noticed that i messed up the modifiers for XP bonuses. there is no general INT bonus - there's a general CHA bonus. the sheet is now correct. boom.


Venger Satanis said...

Congrats on owning a game store! That's awesome.

How different, in your estimation, is S&W Complete compared to the Brave Halfling White Box?


xwardukex said...

well, i like brevity and the tone in white box. there's only the 3 classes, so you can add in what you want and redesign classes as you see fit. there's also some flavor to the white box that isn't in complete - like the suggestion that halflings might not be hobbits - they could be pixies or some other fey creatures. white box also allows all classes to benefit from stat bonuses (unlike complete). i know i could just house rule it for complete, but i just like that white box is written that way. weapons all do more or less the same damage and everyone rolls d6s for hp. i dunno...i often find myself just reading whitebox, while i usually fall back on complete to look up a rule. this answer sucks lol but it's all i got right now.

Venger Satanis said...

I appreciate it. Thanks!