Friday, April 1, 2011

Labyrinth Lord Second Edition on the way! Re-envisioned from Appendix J!

Many people may have noticed over the last few years that the "retro-clone backlash" has been building. Increasing accusations of a lack of innovation, contempt for not "getting on with the times" and other variations of these arguments have suggested that retro-clones should not exist or have no place in the gaming world of today. Some publishers wanting to break into the market created by the growing interest in retro games try to distinguish themselves by "innovating" 3e lite in different ways for new RPGs.

I've always prided Goblinoid Games on being responsive to customer demand, so after much soul-searching I've decided to discontinue Labyrinth Lord in it's current form, and revise and re-envision it with a stronger 3e lens. It's time to adopt the superior rules that have been developed by better-informed game designers! But wait, this won't be yet another retro-clone!

There are a number of similar games out there already, and others in development. There are already 3e lite versions that try to present a pseudo-1e or classic feel with the innovative and updated 3e mechanics, and still more in development that use some aspect of the original game as a spring-board, such as reinterpreting the entire game based on Appendix N of the 1e DMG. I'd like to take advantage of a spin like that before someone else beats me to it, so the new Labyrinth Lord will be totally redesigned taking inspiration from Appendix J: Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Vegetables.

What if Gygax and Arneson had not been quite so interested in medieval battles and weaponry, but had degrees in botany instead? What if they were less inclined to war games but instead spent their Saturdays creating tinctures and tending their herb gardens? Think about it. No really, think about it! Not only that, but what if they didn't have to design all the rules themselves starting from proverbial sticks and stones, but could instead base their game on "more advanced technology," if you will, that already exists in the 3e SRD?

If you can wrap your mind around all of those alternative histories, you start to get a feel for what Labyrinth Lord: Herbalists and Vegetable Adventurers is all about!

You're not a hero. You're a vegetable in a world of vegetarians. You battle for your perennial lives in dank light-less worlds inhospitable to photosynthesizers, against creatures with an insatiable hunger for plant-based nutrients!

Traditional Vancian magic, classic races, and standard classes will be removed. All races will be built as race-classes on the concept of sentient vegetables. Labyrinth Lord: Herbalists and Vegetable Adventurers will feature the following classes:

Carrot Assassins,
Parsnip Priests,
Broccoli Barbarians,
Zuchini Vegemancers,
Beet Herbalists, and last but not least,
Wasabi Warriors!

In the coming weeks expect to find previews of some of these classes, and a sneak peek at some of the new monsters that will strike fear into the plant vascular systems of characters! Here are just a few of monsters you will see:

Hydroponic Elemental
Blight Swarm
Zinc Deficient Zombies
Alluring Algae Amazons
Turnip Trolls

...and many more!

This is an exciting time for retro gaming! Appendix J!

11 comments:

Sean Robson said...

You almost had me for a moment. I always forget that it's April 1st and fall for the first gag of the day. Nicely done!

ChicagoWiz said...

What if Gygax and Arneson had not been quite so interested in medieval battles and weaponry, but had degrees in botany instead? What if they were less inclined to war games but instead spent their Saturdays creating tinctures and tending their herb gardens?

Then we'd all be playing versions of this and smoking a lot more interesting things. Randomly chosen from tables, of course.

(Great stuff! :> )

Carter Soles said...

I want to play a Broccoli Barbarian!

Well played.

Bree Yark! said...

Since you're making some major changes, I think it is about time you changed the name of Labyrinth Lord. It is soooo sexist.

You should rename it Labyrinth Lady. I bet your site would get more hits.

Johnathan Bingham said...

Awesome, just awesome. Well played sir!

NetherWerks said...

This was priceless. I'm still laughing. Thank you.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Wait, this is a joke?

Dang, so much for playing a parsley priest...

strangestones said...

If I can play a beat herbalist, I'm in. Armed with my +1 bongos of rhythm I shall defend the Kingdom of Bop!

retrorpg said...

I cannot wait to wait to play this ;)

John Adams said...

Crap, Dan!

You nearly had me in tears - and that was before I figured out it was an April Fool's joke!

Matthew W. Schmeer said...

So this new LL2E is actually Mutant Future Complete Edition? Coolness.