I think I can safely say that I could remove all ability modifiers, alignment & its languages, magic-users, clerics, elfs, dwarfs and hobbits, the spells found in men & magic, and the treasure tables, and still be playing D&D. But then what if some of the house rules are also found in games that don't call themselves D&D?
I apologize in advance if this is a dumb question, it's just some strange musing that caught my head in a careless moment of sleepy lurking.
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Post by sixdemonbag on Mar 11, 2019 20:38:21 GMT -6
Not a dumb question at all. I think about this question quite often actually.
My personal take on the bare minimum needed to still be playing "D&D" (assuming all PCs are human fighters with average stats) is:
1. Attack Matrix I 2. Save Matrix 3. Map
Monsters and magic items can easily be made up on-the-fly. That's honestly all you need in actual play. The game at it's core is dead simple. Anything not covered above is just a base 2 in 6 check, adjusted for the situation.
That said, when I think about D&D, it's hard to not associate the game with all the classic monsters, spells, and magic items even though they aren't central to actually playing the game.
Hmm. Here is my bare minimum for making sure it feels like D&D:
1. The six ability scores (for its iconic value - I'm sure other systems would work just fine. It just wouldn't "feel" like D&D to me) 2. Classes differentiate rolls within the party 3. Advancement by XP 4. Monster, and to a certain degree character power correlates to HD 5. (Someone, maybe just the ref behind a screen) Roll(s) a d20 to attack and save
Here is the bare minimum for making sure it feels like Old School D&D:
a. XP for gold d. players play a game by means of their characters (vs. play-acting a character) e. the referee makes rulings b. play involves exploring an open and unknown world that requires mapping c. monster stuff, e.g.: no encounter balance, fighting isn't the only way, remember reaction and morale checks, etc.
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