I like the size and the spiral bind of the rulebook. I was concerned that the font would be too small for these old human eyes, but not so.
I was pleasantly surprised to find Gimor's presence as prominent as it was, given that I am still a fairly new Champion. Honored and humbled at the same time. Thanks Khenn.
I will play both editions, as I still have not exhausted all the solos. I will likely GM both versions, until I get comfortable with all the new rules, especially the "kremm immunity" -- although I will likely come up with a House Rule for this. I still like the idea, but as I've opined since the beginning, I think the execution came off at a level less than what it could be.
I'd like to see Flying Buffalo reprint all the OOP modules, or maybe help interested parties with permission to revise them for 7th edition. Not sure if that is do-able, or even in Rick's best interest though. I would like to see new adventures for both editions - solos and GMs.
Although I do like certain pieces of the "Alternate Rules" I cannot get away from my first impression, which was ...
Hey that's interesting Khayd! Best of luck with it all! I understand your feelings on D20. When I wrote my module for Pisces All Media, the guys there added the D20 rules for me, I just wrote the basic module. I could never find an easy way to learn D20. I saw plenty of SRDs (System Resource Documents) for D20 but they never seemed to explain the basic D20 system. I gave up in the end. Have you considered Cafe Press or Lulu . com? Mind you, to go down that road, I think you, or anyone else for that matter, would need to agree a licencing deal with Rick at FB.
Couldn't agree more, Khayd'haik and Boozer. I too like simple and elegant rules, and T & T fits the bill admirably. I've played the D20 system, and I was forever looking up rules. They can keep it.
The same thing applies for me to computer games. I don't generally play stuff much later than the late 90s, because most of such games seem to require a level of micro-management that I can well do without.
Here's what I am hearing from others both d&dheds and civilians, "Great packaging!" And I have to agree with how convenient the box set-up is when I run a game every other week.
>How are people finding the new rules, especially those concerned with character creation?<
Every playing in my campaigns seem to like the character development system. >Do people think that they will now switch over to using the new rules in their games, or just stick to 5th Edition?<
I am still playtesting the 7ed. system with my group. Don't really have an answer for this right now. >How about new modules, what would people like to see released/published by FB, FD or whomever, to follow-up the release of the 7th Ed?<
I am all for us GM's publishing our modules for T&T. It could just get other gamers involved. >Is anyone working on writing new modules for T&T7?<
Yes. Heck even when I wasn't gaming I was writing modules and campaigns using T&T 5ed.
>Any questions & queries concerning the new rules or new rulebook?<
I can ask these sorts of questions elsewhere here. >What do people think of the 'Alternative Rules' booklet?<
I have yet to talk with Rick at FBI about what I want to contribute, but most game companies do like to retain control of the stuff that comes out as official material for their games. Still I see where your feelings are coming from. A game as small as T&T could not be hurt by fans publishing their own scenarios and developing a market for the game through their own promotions. that has been the attitude of FBI about T&T for a long time now. I, myself, think I can deal with it.
Where I might take exception with the amount of control is if they insist that I as a writer/designer include OGL/D20 statistics. Why not just write a dang OGL/d20 piece to begin with and forget the T&T all together?
Khayd'haik, take what I'm about to say with a very large barrel of salt. Not only am I not a lawyer, the legal system in question isn't mine either.
I *believe* that you can publish derivative works without the agreement of the copyright owner. You have to be a bit careful about what you write, but I'm fairly certain that you can write stuff that is 'compatible with <system>' and unofficial. You could probably construct a dungeon using T&T terminology without problems; you probably could *not* set it in the city of Khazan on the continent of Ralph on Trollworld.
As I said, not to be taken as anything resembling definite, but it may be worth your time following up more. It would certainly be better if you can arrange to release stuff officially through Flying Buffalo, but I don't believe that that is the only option.
Khayd - Sadly, if you publish anything and call it T&T, you've violated the FBI copyright. One would think that they would leap on the OGL bandwagon, but sadly, Rick does not appear to be receptive to this. Perhaps Ken and/or Andy Holmes could provide more 1st hand experience with this stance.
That said, to the best of my knowledge, FBI has never filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against anyone for publishing T&T adventures. I believe that an arrangement was made with Judges Guild in the 80's to avoid a lawsuit, and there have been at least six unauthorized publications of rules/adventures for which there do not appear to have been actions taken beyond a "cease and desist" letter (if even that).
Writing an adventure for T&T and publishing it on your own without FBI's permission is EXACTLY the same as writing a Batman novella and publishing without permission from DC Comics. And the same as publishing a d20 adventure under the auspices of the OGL but including some aspect which TSR has declared to be "protected" content, or failing to include the OGL in the published version.
If you are more concerned with retaining "ownership" of major NPCs in your adventure(s), then copyright them first. If you use them in a T&T adventure which you want FBI to publish, request a "So-and-so are characters owned by Mr. Michael Eidson, and their appearance in this adventure is done with permission." In this way, you can freely use them in a d20 adventure, or a novel, or a movie, all without having to get permission from FBI.