Monday, February 13, 2012

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Initial Impressions

I just downloaded the Beta Rules (available here). I haven't had time to do more than skim through it, but I did want to post my early impressions.

I sincerely hope this game is as much fun as it looks. This is possibly the most evocative art I have ever seen. Almost every single piece makes me want to grab a sword, staff, holy symbol, lockpick set, or bag of dice. Or maybe all of the above. Reading this I feel almost like I'm in high school again and can't wait to get together with John, my gamer buddy, and play all night long.

The interior art is provided by no less than the  luminaries from the glory days, such as:

Jeff Easley,  Jim Holloway, Diesel Laforce, Erol
Otus, and Jim Roslof. Even the "whippersnappers" possess the old school aesthetic.

Finally (for this initial impression), I want to mention pg 4. In the ToC it is listed as "Proclamations". It is a really cool manifesto, which opens with the following:

So, I deeply hope this game lives up to the initial impression it has made on me. If so, it could be my holy grail, the Way-back Machine that will take me back to the halcyon days of the beginning of this hobby for me. A time of wonder and mystery, discovery and exploration unequalled in the many years since.


  1. Wow, that download is worth it for the art alone. All the artists you mentioned are of course great, but I am especially digging the pieces by Pete Mullen.

  2. Oh man, I love Pete Mullen's work. The stuff he did for Swords & Wizardry is top-shelf all the way. It warmed my dark little heart, seeing the old school art, rendered by the old school masters. I can't say enough about it.

  3. Was looking at their adventures the other day. It's a great style, love the art. 100% the right atmosphere without aping TSR tradedress. It's such a shame this and ACK are hitting at around the same time. My gaming budget is already at negative HPs.