Recentely re-reading my recently-acquired french version (S&W WB has undergone a full translation with original artwork from the same people who made the french version of Barbarians of Lemuria), I noticed something that I totally missed in the original version. Looking closely at the attack matrices I noticed : a/ they differ from S&W Core rules. b/ the progression is much slowler than the ACS of Men & Magic for clerics and M-U: they see their "to-hit" score improve by one point every 4 or 5 levels where , in M&M they improve by two or three points incréments.
Fact is, I only bought it for the artworks. S&W isn't my favourite clone , and you can easily note that the french translators are not "that" familiar whith the "Old School" mindset. For instance , they tried to re organize the class tables but "flunked" it with the hit dice progression, and they balked with the energy draining monsters , replacing level loss with Constitution drain.
On the other hand , they did add or change some things for the better. They added a "blank" Combat Chart , if the referee wants to make his own (actually that is how I noticed the aforementioned discrepancy ) . The translation also considerabely mellowed the more "militant" tone of S&W (which actually really irks me in the original).
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2014 6:59:10 GMT -6 by Porphyre
Um ... you mean the discount code expired 20 days ago? Today is July 27th.
Marv / Finarvyn DCC playtester (2011) S&W WhiteBox author (2009) C&C playtester (2003) Builder of the TrollBridge for T&T; Amber Diceless player since 1993 OD&D Player since 1975; Metamorphosis Alpha since 1976
"Don't ask me what you need to hit. Just roll the die and I will let you know!" - Dave Arneson
I totally understand where it comes from, and that the "spelling it out" was the point back then. As a matter of fact, this french translation, done by a publisher that has some impact on the french RPG market, is probably a real chance to reach some new public.
But, as far as I'm concerned, I didn't need to have it spelled out for me . That is why I'm saying that S&W -for all its virtues- is not my first "go-to" retroclone .
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2014 16:09:31 GMT -6 by Porphyre