OD&D has a free-wheeling toolbox feeling. However, the default races bring a distinctly Tolkien flavour to the game that I find off-putting, and frankly, kind of boring. So, I’ve developed an alternate approach to species creation that I hope will add more flavour to your game, and more prompts for world building.
The fantasy genre is overrepresented in our hobby. Of course, there are other popular offshoots, some interpreting and reinterpreting a galaxy far, far away, others wearing tights and capes, others lost in gonzo post-apocalyptic wastelands. But it’s fantasy that’s been there since the beginning, and I suspect will always be with us. This is a good thing.
This may the most personal thing I'll ever write on this blog. But I think it's important that I share it, because I know I'm not alone.
Gaming groups are like first love or a new puppy – they start off full of promise, and then inevitably, they end tragically. And because a game master is always going to be more invested than their players, this creates a low-level anxiety for any GM. It sucks.
One of my white whales is to run an OD&D campaign using the three LBBs, or at the very least a retroclone like Full Metal Plate Mail or Delving Deeper. I've never been able to find a form fillable PDF version of the character sheet, so I had a friend help me out. Here it is for your downloading pleasure.