Changing Wilderlands Campaign To One Based On Swords & Wizardry Whitebox

Swords and Wizardry Whitebox Cover coverAs many readers may have figured out from my few posts last year, I’ve moved to Garland, TX and have gathered a new group of old school players. Unfortunately, instead of the large group of players I’ve had for the past five years, I’m limited to four players due to space-to-play limitations. We’ve been having a good time with a campaign set in the area around the City-State of the Invincible Overlord. My original idea was to set the campaign in a different part of the Wilderlands, the Valley of the Ancients. However, my players really wanted to be based in the City-State, so that’s where the campaign is set.

Everyone seems to be having a great time, but it turns out they believe they would prefer the “Fantastic Adventures” rules we are developing and using to be based more on Swords & Wizardry than on Microlite74. This is just the opposite of the way my old group went. The old group started using OD&D rules via The Grey Book but decided after trying Microlite74 that they liked it better. This always confuses me because OD&D, Swords & Wizardry, Microlite74 and to a lesser extent B/X, Labyrinth Lord, and Microlite81 seem like almost the same game to me when I’m running them. I played in house-ruled OD&D games in the 1970s that had larger differences than these games do.

This means, of course, that changing between them is no problem for me. So next week, my campaign will be running under Swords & Wizardry Whitebox rules which will be modified as needed to match what we’ve been doing with Fantastic Adventures.

This also means that the Fantastic Adventures rules y’all will be seeing will be something different: they will not be Microlite20-based as as Microlite74, Microlite78, and Microlite81 have been. Perhaps this is a good thing as the later games in this series have not been “microlite” in page count, they have only been “microlite” in that they were based on “Microlite20 DNA”.

Randall Stukey

Randall is the author and publisher of a number of old school games (Microlite74, Microlite81, BX Advanced, etc) through RetroRoleplaying.com. Randall's main job, however, is being caregiver for his MS-afflicted cancer survivor wife. You can support Randall with a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund.

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Garland TX? You need to hit NTRPG con this June now, no excuses!!!

Scott Anderson
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Yeah, all the games you mentioned run the same behind the DM screen. It's not like you have to make a ton of changes.

Randall
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Badmike: I will try to make it for at least one day this year. Unless my wife quarterly pain treatment falls at the same time. It's in June — date up to her doctor. Last year, it was the Saturday of the con. Who knows this year.

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Scott Anderson: The biggest change for me will be the writing style I use to write up the FA rules. As you say, it's all practically the same behind the screen. I think my players were surprised by my "Huh? Sure, if that's what you want" reply to their request. I believe they had a number of arguments ready to convince me. 🙂 OD&D, S&W, B/X, LL, M74, M81, DD… It doesn't make any difference to me.