Update: I’ve added an EPUB version of Dungeon Raiders, so you can read it on your Kindle, Nook, or other eReader. Download below.
If you want a Dungeons & Dragons retroclone that explicitly mimics first-edition mechanics, you’ve got Basic Fantasy, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Heroes Against Darkness, Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC, Searchers of the Unknown, and Swords & Wizardry. If you want a game that just tries to re-capture the flavor of early D&D, you’ve got Dungeon Squad, Dungeon World, Expedition, Fantastic Adventures, Fudge Dungeon Crawl, Old School Hack, and Warrior, Rogue & Mage.
Why did I write another retroclone? To study the process. There are so many of these things that I wondered, Is there some inherent value in writing a retroclone? What does it teach?
I’ll be posting a series of articles at Troll in the Corner about the decisions I made in designing this system.
In the mean time, here’s Dungeon Raiders, a tabletop RPG system that goes all the way back to original D&D and “first edition” D&D, and simplifies them into a coherent, easy-to-use system.
Download Dungeon Raiders (free PDF and EPUB for Kindle/Nook/etc.)