I was wondering if anyone knows of a clone of Mentzer Basic. I think it would be handy to have this version of Basic presented as a regular rulebook as opposed to a tutorial. It would be much easier to reference.
Adventures in the East Mark is my favorite. It does include some stuff from Mentzer's Expert, too, though. And some classes are renamed, like using "rogue" for "thief" but it's the same game sans the tutorial and with gorgeous artwork, and it's from Spain (but with an English translation) so it's a rare example of a retro-clone from someplace other than the US or UK.
I saw a copy of this in a game store a year or so back. Looked really nice, but the boxed set was kind of expensive since I didn't know anything about the game. If I'd known it was a Mentzer-style clone I might have bought a copy just to see inside.
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Doesn't the Rules Cyclopedia have some notable rules differences from the Mentzer basic?
Yeah. There's long lists of the various changes online. RC is a big nostalgia trip and a proud part of many collections but it's got a lot of hank-a-jank in there. I'd never wanna run it completely by the book, that's for sure, especially omitting all the complex weapons maneuvers and skills. I do like the idea of demi-humans having their own unique leveling mechanics, though. Maybe the execution wasn't super refined here but the idea is intriguing.