The Great 2014-16 Retro-Clone Read-Through

In 2014, I started writing a series of posts where I read 10 different OSR games, created characters for all of them, and generally took note of the innovations and approaches of each.

Introduction
Character Creation Part I
Character Creation Part IIa
Character Creation Part IIb
Interlude: Fantastic Heroes & Witchery - "Weird Tales" Style

Character Sheets
AdventurerConqueror, King:
Ranar Mignarson, Lawful Dwarven Vaultguard
Level 1, XP 0, HP 2, AC 6
STR: 10, INT: 15 (+1), WIS: 9, DEX: 9, CON: 13, (+1) CHA: 9
Saving Throw VS:
-Petrification & Paralysis: 11+
-Poison & Death: 10+
-Blast & Breath: 13+
-Staffs & Wands: 12+
-Spells: 13+
Attack Throw: 10+
Encumbrance & Movement: 10 Stone, 60' per turn
Proficiencies: Caving, Mapping, Weapon Focus: Flails and Hammers
Equipment: Banded Plate Armor, Shield, War Hammer, Hand Axes (2), Backpack, Iron Rations (2 Weeks), Lantern, Oil Flasks (4), Tinderbox, Skull Cap, Ten-Foot Pole, 19GP 9SP.

Ambition & Avarice:
H'ssssk, Lizardfolk Ranger
Level 1, XP 0, HP 10, AC 13
STR: 10, DEX: 15 (+2) CON: 9 INT: 9 WIS: 13 (+1) CHA: 9
Saving Throw VS:
-Blast: 11+
-Death: 16+
-Paralysis: 12+
-Reflex: 15+
-Spells: 16+
Dungeon Throw VS:
-Climb: 12+
-Locks: 16+
-Lore: 16+
-Notice: 15+
-Sneak: 14+
-Traps: 15+
Encumbrance & Movement: 41 Lbs, 240' per turn
Equipment: Leather Armor, Chain Coif, Bow, Arrows (20), Dagger, Backpack, Rations (14 Days), Lantern, Lantern Oil Flasks (4), Flint & Steel, Ten-Foot Pole, Turquoise Gemstone, 19SP.

Astonishing SwordsmenSorcerers of Hyperboria:
Uallas Macc Meallan, Chaotic Good Kimmeri-Kelt Scout
Height: 5'11, Weight: 175lb
Level 1, XP 0, HP 6, AC 7
STR: 10, DEX: 15 (+1), CON: 9, INT: 9, WIS: 13, CHA: 9
Saving Throw: 16, +2 to Avoidance and Device, Fighting Ability: 1.
Background: Potter, Languages: Common, Keltic (Goidelic)
Equipment: Leather Armor with Classic Roman Helmet, Small Shield, Short Sword, Leather Scabbard, Sling, Lead Shot (20), Leather Backpack, Hooded Lantern, Lamp Oil Flasks (4), Tinderbox, Ridged Cloth Hat, Iron Rations (2 Weeks), Ten-Foot Pole, 62GP 4SP.

Basic Fantasy RPG:
Ganar Mignarson, Dwarven Thief
Level 1, XP 0, HP 3, AC 13
STR: 10, INT: 15 (+1), WIS: 9, DEX: 9, CON: 13, (+1) CHA: 9
Saving Throw VS:
-Death Ray or Poison: 9+
-Magic Wands: 10+
-Paralysis or Petrify: 9+
-Dragon Breath: 13+
-Spells: 11+
Attack Bonus: +1
Languages: Common, Dwarvish, Goblin
Equipment: Leather Armor, Battle Axe, Hand Axes (2), Thieves' Picks and Tools, Backpack, Rations (2 weeks), Lantern, Oil (4), Tinderbox, Ten-Foot-Pole, 20GP.

Dark Dungeons:
Erahiraus the Highcaster, Magic-User
Level 1, XP 0, HP 2, AC 9
STR: 10, INT: 15 (+1), WIS: 9, DEX: 9, CON: 13, (+1) CHA: 9
Saving Throw VS:
-Death Ray / Poison: 13+
-Magic Wands: 14+
-Paralysis / Petrify: 13+
-Breath Weapons: 16+
-Rod/Staff/Spell: 15+
Attack Bonus: +1
Skills: Arcane Lore, Escape Artist, First Aid, Intimidation, Magical Engineering
Weapon Proficiencies: Staves, Pistols
Equipment: Staff, Spell Book (Read Magic, Sleep), Backpack, Sea Captain's Hat, Lantern, Oil Flask (4), Ten-Foot-Pole, Dried Rations (2 weeks), Tinder Box. Red Powder Flask, Waterskin, GP62 SP8.

Fantastic Heroes & Witchery:
Brudus, Neutral Scholar-Thief
Level 1, XP 0, VP/WP 2/3 , AC 13(7)
STR: 10, DEX: 15 (+1), CON: 9, INT: 9, WIS: 13 (+1), CHA: 9
Saving Throws to DEX +4
Skills: Climbing, Deception, Detection, Legerdemain, Open Locks, Poisons, Stealth, Traps
Equipment: Studded Leather Armor, Hand Axe, Spiked Gauntlet, Darts (2), Large Backpack, Hooded Lantern, 1-pint Oil Flask (4), Flint & Steel, Trail Rations (14 Days), Ten-Foot-Pole, Explorer's Outfit with Coon-skin Cap, Thieves' Tools, GP24 SP4.

Heroes Against Darkness:
Cark the Cantakerous, Orc Rogue
Level 1, XP 0, HP 14, AP 4
STR: 11, DEX: 15 (+2), WIS: 9 (-1), CON: 10, INT: 13 (+1), CHA: 9 (-1)
Initiative Bonus: +2
Movement Speed: 7
Melee Attack Bonus: 0
Ranged Attack Bonus: +2
Magic Attack Bonus: -1
Defenses:
  • Armor: 13
  • Evasion: 12
  • Magic: 9
  • Resilience: 10
Equipment: Quilted Doublet, Spiked Gauntlet, Hand Axes (2), Quarterstaff, Backpack, Rations (15 Days), Lantern, Lantern Oil (10), Flint & Steel, Lock-picks, GP1

Lamentations of the Flame Princess:
Banar Mignarson, Neutral Dwarf
Level 1, XP 0, HP 10, AC 14
CHA: 10, CON: 16 (+2), DEX: 9, INT: 9, STR: 13 (+1), WIS: 9
Saving Throw VS:
-Paralyze: 10+
-Poison: 8+
-Breath: 13+
-Device: 9+
-Magic: 12+
Attack Bonus +1
Skills: Architecture 3-in-6
Equipment: Leather Armor, Medium Axe, Hand Axe (2), Backpack, Lantern, Lamp Oil Flask (2), Tinderbox, Ten-foot Pole, Standard Rations (14), Wide-brim Floppy Hat, SP32.

OSRIC:
Silmaldor, Neutral Elf Thief
Height: 5' 8" Weight: 94 lbs.
Level 1, XP 0, HP 6, AC 8
STR: 10, DEX: 16 (+1), CON: 8, INT: 9, WIS: 13, CHA: 9
Saving Throw VS:
-Aimed Magic Items: 14
-Breath Weapons: 16
-Death, Poison, Paralysis: 13
-Petrification, Polymorph: 12
-Spells: 15
Attack Bonus: +1 to pulled bows, long- and short swords.
Skills: Climb Walls, Find Traps, Hear Noise, Hide in Shadows, Move Quietly, Open Locks, Pick Pockets, Read Languages
Equipment: Leather Armor, Short Sword, Backpack, Flint & Steel, Hooded Lantern, Lamp Oil (2 Pints), Ten-foot Pole, Standard Rations (14 Days), GP18 SP6.

Swords & Wizardry:
Mr. Hornblower, Lawful Halfling Fighter
Level 1, XP 0, HP 7 AC 6 (13)
STR: 10, DEX: 15 (+1), CON: 9, INT: 9, WIS: 13, CHA: 9
Saving Throw VS Magic +4
Attack Bonus +1 with Missile Weapons
Base Movement Rate: 12
Equipment: Ring Armor, Plated Band Helmet, Shield, Short Sword, Sling, Sling Stones (20), Backpack, Flint & Steel, Hooded Lantern, Lamp Oil (6), Ten-foot Pole, Trail Rations (14 Days), GP 46.

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