Friday, May 20, 2011

My 350th Post: My Top Five Wishlist of OSR Projects...

Good Morning, All:

Today is my 350th post on In Like Flynn, and I just wanted to take a minute to thank you all for reading the blog and contributing through the comments as you are so moved. I'm slowly working on wrapping up a few of my outstanding projects on this blog, and I'm looking forward to both MyD20 Referee's Guide and Stellar Quest being completed before the year is out. As I wrap up my outstanding projects, I'm sure I'll be creating a few new ones to help take up my time and lend focus to my creative energies, with a particular emphasis on items that I can use in my current and future campaigns.

There are a few projects that I'd love to see done, but alas, I lack the skill or focus to accomplish them to the degree I'd like to see them done. Below is my Top Five Wishlist of OSR Projects I'd like to see. If anyone wants to pick one of these up and run with it, I'd be a big fan of your efforts, I'm sure. If these have already been done, please feel free to point me in the right direction in the comments of this post.

My Personal Top Five Wishlist of OSR Projects
  1. City Map Geomorphs: With the tremendous amount of focus I've seen lately on dungeon geomorphs, I personally would love to see someone work up a set of City-based geomorphs for some great urban adventuring.
  2. Online Gaming Encounter Map Collection: I still want to do some online gaming, but I lack the maps to do so well. I would love to see someone put together a collection of basic maps for use in a Sandbox campaign. I have a few ideas of elements I'd like to see (basic wilderness maps for each terrain type, some basic building maps, some basic ruins, etc), but I've never found the time to put together a collection. Heck, even a blog post or three with links pointing me to examples I can download myself would be okay in these regards.
  3. Simple Treasure System: I'd love to see a simple treasure system that meets my personal needs, capturing the basic flavor of D&D without being overwhelmed by too much detail. A one-page or two-page system would be ideal, but somehow, I think that's a little unlikely. The smaller, the better, though, so long as it is complete. I'm trying to write my own, but I find it somewhat overwhelming in the amount of detail. What I've got in the current draft of the MyD20 Lite Referee's Guide works, but it's not as elegant as I'd like it to be.
  4. One-Pager Collection: Speaking of one-pagers, I'd love to see a collection of one-page systems for covering a diverse range of topics. I've really enjoyed the efforts I've seen on various blogs and websites, and I think there's room for a lot more. Ideally, I'd love to find enough out there to inspire me to rewrite MyD20 Lite as a series of one-page subsystems that work together to accomplish what I'm looking for in a D&D game with a minimalist approach that is truly "lite".
  5. Science Fiction/Traveller One-Page Adventures: There are many examples of fantasy-based One-Page Dungeons out there for Referees to use in their games, but there are very few Sci-Fi examples. I'd love to see more Sci-Fi OPDs out there. I may eventually tackle this myself, but for the moment, I'd love to see what others come up with.

So, what would be on your version of the Top Five Wishlist of OSR Projects? Maybe if you post about it, someone will read it and decide to take up the challenge. I have to admit that's what I'm hoping for. *grin*

Once again, thank you all for your continued reading and support, and we will return to my series on Sandbox Preparation with the next post.

With Regards,


Jeff Rients said...

I've been kicking around a treasure revamp. Maybe I could do something that fits on two pages. The Treasure Table system as written is rather over wrought.

Trey said...

Congratulations on the 350th post. Keep 'em coming.

Risus Monkey said...

Yes, congrats on #350.

As for CityMorphs, there has been some movement there. I've done three already and more are coming (slowly).

Staples said...

Have you seen Sham's Treasure Tables? They're only a page long, though they need additional sub-tables for magic items. Sham also has a magic sword table for download which is two pages long, but could be a good start for what you're looking to to.

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David Millar said...

Congrats on your blogging milestone.

City geomorphs have been slow to pick up traction, but in the recent developments I've done over at my web app ( I've made city geomorph selection more prominent. If any cartographers want to start adding to what's been started by the few that have already contributed, I think it could turn into a great section.