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Dragonslayer Role-Playing Game $30.00
Publisher: OSR Publishing
by Matt [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/28/2024 23:45:14

I have a big library of retro clones. I've read them all and run several. There is a lot of great indie design in that space. I say that to lend some weight to my statement that Dragonslayer is the best mashup of AD&D and B/X on the market today.

Gillespie can be a controversial figure in gaming, but it's hard to argue that he isn't a great game designer. Barrowmaze is one of the best known megadungeons and his other campaigns (Dwarrowdeep, Highfell, etc) are also very good. Dragonslayer is the RPG he plays and tests those campaigns with.

Dragonslayer features excellent production quality as well. The rules are lean and mean, with an emphasis on stuff you can use at the table. The art work is plentiful and old-school without being amateurish.

This really should be a five star product but it needs a good set of free quick start rules to help GMs bring in new players, especially online. It also would have been nice to have a premium edition available with sewn binding and offset printing.

A lot of noise gets made about the $80 price point but I think the value is there. Art work and presentation aren't free, and this thing is a labor of love. Gillespie isn't getting rich off an indie OSR game. If we want this kind of quality, we should be willing to pay for it. One nice thing I'm happy to report is that the PDF is fully bookmarked, a feature Gillespie 's megadungeons lack (btw, I've made my own bookmarked version of Barrowmaze and I will happily send it to the author if he wants to distribute it.)

In short, Dragonslayer is a great game and I wholeheartedly recommend it for your OSR group. It should be compatible out of the box with all B/X, OSE, and Labyrinth Lord material, and should work with Swords and Wizardry adventures with minimal conversion.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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