Back in August of last year, I wrote about a nifty one page RPG called Searchers of the Unknown RPG. Searchers of the Unknown is a one page set of rules for playing old-style (aka early TSR) D&D modules where the characters are no more complex that the monsters: a one line stat block. SotU does a great job of capturing the essence of old school D&D in a tiny set of rules. Rules that even make the hated by many descending armor class used in old school modules useful.
Searchers of the Unknown has become quite popular. A number of expansions and variant games for different settings have been written by people who like the game. Here is a list of the variants I’m aware of. If you know of any more, please add them in a comment.
- Searchers of the Unknown – The Original
- Searchers of the Unknown: D20 Style – Variant using the D20 system
- Searchers of the Unknown: Target 20 Variant – Variant using the Target 20 system
- Spellcasters of the Unknown – Clerics and Wizards for Searchers of the Unknown
- Demihumans of the Unknown – Non-human races
- Searchers of the Unknown – Class Options!
- SotU Refired (version 3) A more complex system with mages and thieves.
- Adventurers! Exploring the Unknown — SotU and Microlite20
- Karry on Krawling ! – with a T&T feel
- MUTANT SCAVENGERS of the RUINED EARTH! – a post apocalypse version
- Mutant Got Gunz? – another post apocalypse version
- Tempora Mutantur – yet another post apocalypse version, with its own series of supplements
- Raiders of the Unknown – two-fisted pulp version
- Funkin’ Fists of Fu – Kung Fu Martial Arts
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Thieves and other Scoundrels
- The Bastards – Fight the Nazis
- JUNG GUNS – Wild West Adventures
- Song of the Symbi – Spear and Planet Adventures
- Searchers in Spaaaace!!! – Space Opera Adventures
- Scavengers & Spacewrecks – Explore derelict space vessels
- CYBORG SAMURAI ARE GO! – play cybernetic-enhanced mercenaries
Update: Linkrot has hit many of these links so I’ve created a SotU RPG Collection download. See NEW: The Searchers of the Unknown RPG Collection Available for Free Download.