I thought that this week I’d take a break from blogging about digital games to talk about a great pen and paper gaming system called Labyrinth Lord. Published by Goblinoid Games, Labyrinth Lord emulates and re-organizes the rules create by the original Dungeons and Dragons system published in the 70s and 80s.
LL is very streamlined and compact compared to a lot of roleplaying systems out there today (I’m looking at you 4th Edition), while still allowing for a fairly diverse variety of play styles. All the major archetypes are there (cleric, wizard, fighter, etc…), and the spell and monster listings offer more content than the average player will ever need.
As an added bonus, most adventure modules designed for the original D&D can be used in Labyrinth Lord with a little tweaking – you can run anything from the Tomb of Horrors to the Mines of Khunmar!
All the game’s core rules are free to download online, although I highly recommend purchasing the art-enhanced e-books to support the company.