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  • By S. Brandt
    Sep 16, 2015
    complete review at ------ Bloody Basic offers an easy entry point to old school roleplaying. It incorporates ideas from 3e but is old school in spirit. In some ways, it reminds me of Basic Fantasy (review here) and Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures (review here) as the mechanical bits are similar. The unique selling point of Bloody Basic is the way it handles ability score modifiers and the task/skill resolution system. However, I feel that the skill system is a bit flawed as the chances for success are very slim. The book packs a punch at around 40 pages. Astonishingly, it is rules-lite but still complete which is not an easy feat. I bought Bloody Basic before I read the above-mentioned games. While I commend the author for his effort I can’t see myself playing BB at the moment. For me, Basic Fantasy offers almost the same experience and it has some tidbits which I like more (modularity & community effort). Granted, Bloody Basic is slightly... More > less complex and combat might flow more easily. But Basic Fantasy feels more modular and it is cheaper (the PDF is free). Even so, Bloody Basic is a solid lightweight game and bridges the gap between Basic and 3e. This might make it slightly more accessible to gamers of 3e onwards.< Less
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Classic Edition
John M Stater
December 2, 2014
Saddle-stitch Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.45 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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