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Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game 3rd Edition Paperback – November 21, 2014
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I don't recall exactly how I found the Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game 3rd Edition, but it was nothing short of a life-saver. The rules are almost exactly like I remember the first rules we used when I first started hanging out with the math and chess nerds after the Friday night high school football games. (In Texas even the math nerds go to every home football game.) We used to play from 11:00 pm until 4:00 or 5:00 am every Friday for six years. (I started in junior high.)
I created a cheat sheet based on the Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game rules. Everyone that came to my son's party also received a small bag of dice because these books were so inexpensive. They quickly grasped character's making, which allowed us to kick-off our adventure in less than an hour. It was nice to see this group of boys that are usually playing Minecraft or League of Legends until the wee hours of the morning most weekends lay down their phones, not even pull out a tablet or laptop, and start scratching all over a character sheet with a pencil. They did not realize that they were using their imaginations, doing math, and reading. Crazy, but true!
If you are trying to introduce a young person to the wonderful world of imagination-based Role-Playing games, I highly recommend getting them and their friends copies of this book. It may change their addiction to their screens. I know this group of boys is frequently coming over for marathon gaming sessions now...
Why should you buy and play Basic Fantasy RPG?
The core rulebook has everything you need to play. Character classes and races, combat, monsters, exploration, encounters at sea and in the air, treasure tables. Want more? The author's website offers additional classes, races, rule options, and adventures for downloading - FREE.
Rules light lets you focus on role-playing and the setting and story elements of your adventures. High fantasy or gritty low magic settings. The system is flexible enough for the players and game master to play the campaign they want to play.
Quick and deadly combat. Take a break from 4e and Pathfinder. Your reward will be more combat encounters in each game session. No more one hour combat encounters that feel like a meeting between tax accountants.
You cannot beat the price. Mr. Gonnerman sells hard copies of the book at 0% profit. The price you pay is for the ink, paper, and binding.
Check out Basic Fantasy RPG. Then hunt some orcs.
After reading through the rule book, I highly recommend the game for folks who are interested in playing old school Basic D&D and can't afford the D&D Rules Cyclopedia. Changes include separate races and classes and ascending Armor Class among many small tweaks. The book is very comprehensive, and includes rules for wilderness travel, beasts of burden, ships, magic item creation, hirelings and mercenaries and lots more. Check it out if you love Basic D&D and would like to see what is for all intents and purposes a new, better edition of that game.