Basic Fantasy

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Listening to the interview with Chris Gonnerman on The Redcaps Podcast yesterday was a catalyst for me to dig out my copy of the Basic Fantasy Roleplaying Game. Hearing the designer of the game talk about it was enough to remind me that it’s a great way into the hobby and might be very accessible for students at the school club.

Originating from the very beginning of the so-called Old-School Renaissance, Basic Fantasy was first published in 2006. Based on the d20 SRD v3.5, it’s a game designed to emulate the old-style games back around the late 1970s and early 1980s. This is a stripped-down restatement of how many of us played back at the beginning of our hobby.

My intention at the club, given about an hour for each session, it to complement my colleague’s game using D&D 5e with a fast-moving old-school dungeon-based adventure for newbies. I’ll…

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