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Microlite74 is “better” than Swords & Wizardry? — 7 Comments

  1. Uh oh, now its old school vs old school! When will the madness end?!

    😉

    Personally, I feel ALL versions of DnD are FAR more alike then they are different! Blasphemy, I know…

    game on

  2. Haven’t had a chance to play either, unfortunately. Still looking for the opportunity! I will tell you that M74 is easier for me to read, since it comes off M20, which plays into my experiences and bias.

  3. Which S&W was your group playing? Core Rules or White Box? From my experience with both S&W rules sets, Core is a wee bit more complex than WB. I've not tried MicroLite yet though.

    And LOL @ Tom! Now we argue over whose school is the oldest, and how we had to walk to the old school uphill both ways in the snow in shoes made of cardboard. 😀

  4. I have to ask, do you think it’s because you ran m74 a lot smoother/better because you built m74, you know m74 and it comes across?

    I ask because I know I run m74 and S/W a helluva lot smoother than I run OSRIC/1E – part of that is familiarity, part of that is just experience and preference for rules-light.

    I switched my family campaign from m74 to S/W about 3 games ago. I just asked my wife which was simpler and I got a complex answer! *laugh*

    My wife just told me that she doesn’t really know the rules – she says she wants to do stuff and I tell her how she has to make it happen (either dice roll or something of that nature) – she doesn’t really know the rule mechanics. That was an eye opener.

    She also said that it seems like the m74 period of our campaign was “simpler” but I also wonder if that’s because I hadn’t made a lot of options available. She has deal with varying economics, she has a few more options for how to deal with combat and the like. I think I’ve ‘opened the floodgates’ so the world has become more complex at the same time I switched from m74 to S/W. She said she really couldn’t put her finger on why the m74 period of the campaign seemed simpler.

    So I’m not sure I’m an accurate reading on why/which is simpler.

    I don’t strongly prefer one over the other as a DM or player. I would easily run either – I’d probably run m74 for people who were more comfortable/familiar with d20 mechanics and S/W for the rest.

    Now I’m going to have to consider the fact that my wife has been playing for 3 months and doesn’t know the rules and yet has enjoyed the game. That’s… crazy.

  5. Tom said “Uh oh, now its old school vs old school! When will the madness end?!”

    ::Cue Billy Joel’s We didn’t Start the Fire.:: Old Schoolers didn’t agree on everything back in the 70s so why should we now? LOL.

    Spike Page said "Which S&W was your group playing? Core Rules or White Box?"

    Core Rules.

    Chgowiz said “I have to ask, do you think it’s because you ran m74 a lot smoother/better because you built m74, you know m74 and it comes across?”

    It's possible, but I run S&W just like it was OD&D and I've ran that for more years than M20 (let alone M74) has been in existence.

    I also wondered if it was player suck up since I wrote M74. However, I'm not sure the players know this as I don't think I've ever mentioned it. They knew I was working on some supplemental rules, of course.

    What's really weird is this was a playtest session — to the point I was rewriting some rules on the fly to try to get obviously not working rules to work better. How this could be seen as "more simple" than our S&W sessions is beyond me.

    “My wife just told me that she doesn’t really know the rules – she says she wants to do stuff and I tell her how she has to make it happen (either dice roll or something of that nature) – she doesn’t really know the rule mechanics. That was an eye opener.”

    I had a lot of players like that back in the 1970s and early 1980s. They never bought, let alone learned, the rules. They just said what their character was doing and I told them what happened, what they needed to roll, etc. Rules expertise really wasn’t needed.

    These folks generally enjoyed the game — sometimes more than players who obsessed over the learning the rules.

    I’ve emailed folks and asked if they can be a bit more articulate as to why M74 seemed better now that they’ve had a day or so to think about it.