Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The Temptation of the White Box
On the one hand, I know AD&D. I can run it without the books at all if I wanted to. I'm so conversant with the rules, and where I've bent them to my liking (such as with initiative, or taking out psionics) that it's literally no effort for me to run a game.
On the other hand, there's something to be said for the relative simplicity of the white box edition. The trouble is, I'm afraid I'd find myself bringing in enough AD&D material that I do like, such as the expanded spell lists, creatures from the FF and MM2, etc. It might not be worth the effort of running the "white box plus" when I can run "AD&D minus". (There is the "wow factor" of running a game at a convention, and seeing the jaws hit the floor when I have the white box out on the table, but honestly, I get enough of that just having a 1E DMG and goldenrod character sheets on the table...)
Plus, I don't find myself as a huge fan of the demihuman-as-class concept. Heresy to some, I know, but the whole point of this post is personal preference. I can dump it very easily by just using material from Greyhawk, Eldritch Wizardry, or Blackmoor, but then we get into "why not just play AD&D?" territory again.
Can anyone come up with any compelling reasons to run "LBB plus" as opposed to "AD&D minus"?