[2d20] 2d20 Lite?

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Since North Star and the Star Trek game, I've been thinking about 2d20 and some of the rules heaviness or lightness. There are usually a lot of funky subsystems loaded onto the core mechanic, and there's some sophistication even in the core. But the core is remarkably elegant, so (with the news of the SRD possibly coming soon), I wondered if I could quickly bash together a light version. I also thought some of the rules concepts would be good for swashbuckling. So here it is...Swashbuckling 2d20 in four pages.

Is it complete? Good grief, not remotely. There's nothing apart from general task resolution and combat, there's room to add a few funky special abilities (fencing schools?), the skills need descriptions, there's room for a clever lifepath thing rather than pure point totals in character generation, and so on. And this was a quick experiment over a couple of evenings rather than a serious attempt at design, so I probably won't do anything else with it. But even a full version would be 20 to 30 pages. And even as is, I could use it, and might one day.
 
#3
Well crafted, Dr. Mitch. Have you tried light John Carter of Mars ruleset that completely ignores all skills?

Yes, 2d20 at its core is pretty light and neat. The additional bolted-on complexity may be the designers' attempts to emulate genres like "weapons reach" in Conan or those long winded "extended tasks" in Star Trek representative of research through the run time of a TV series.
 
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Well crafted, Dr. Mitch. Have you tried light John Carter of Mars ruleset that completely ignores all skills?

Yes, 2d20 at its core is pretty light and neat. The additional bolted-on complexity may be the designers' attempts to emulate genres like "weapons reach" in Conan or those long winded "extended tasks" in Star Trek representative of research through the run time of a TV series.
Thank-you.

I agree that the extras are genre emulation. I've not tried John Carter of Mars yet; I'm curious, and plan to pick the book up when it's released, which I guess won't be very long now.
 
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