Yup, GURPS. When we switched we never looked back. That's why I'm totally surprised to find myself loving D&D again.
MRSIOR, I'll have to check that game out. I'm a member of a group that only plays indie games, and they're always simple systems that we learn on arrival, then play a one or two-shot and move on to another system. There are a lot of simpler systems out there. The last one I played was Mouse Guard.
I haven't played 4th edition, and from all reports I don't think I'd like it. Call of Cthulhu, on the other hand, is a hoot. I played twice this summer and had a blast.
While I was exposed to D&D in the early 2000's, I didn't actually play any until 2010. Started off with Star Wars RPG (rules lite), Call of Cthulhu, and finally D&D with the 4th ed. From there it went to 3.5e and finally Pathfinder.
For rules lite story telling, have you looked at PrimeTime Adventures? I had the opportunity to play some years ago and it was enjoyable. Would have been more so if the people I were playing with weren't glory-hounds and one-man-shows, but that's beside the point. www.dog-eared-designs.com/pta.html
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I started with the Holmes edition in the late 70's. Then we moved to AD&D once the DMG was finally published.
While I loved RPGs, it didn't take long for the massive amount of arbitrary rules in D&D to irritate me, and I started a quest for a better system. In the mid-80's I thought that was GURPS, but after about 10 years the increased rules and crunch there made me start a new quest for a better (for me) game.
Wow, I didn't realize how many early issues there were. I wonder which one I played? If I'm remembering correctly, my first game started when my friend Wally bought a basic set, and I think it was around 1980 or 1981. Magenta sounds right for the box, but that was a long time ago. I might have to look them up and see if I can remember which it was for sure. I know we ended up playing AD&D at some point, but I don't really remember having to rebuild our characters.
I'd make a lousy historian. LOL
Edited to add ... yup, it was the purple/magenta box, so 1981. Thanks for the memories ...
Probably the geekiest is that I now own every edition of Dungeons & Dragons that was published before the WOTC buy-out. Not every supplement for every edition, but every basic set. And not AD&D--that's a completely different game (just ask Gary)!
- the 1974 "White Box" edition (4th printing, IIRC). - the 1977 Basic Set (Holmes blue box) - the 1981 Basic Set (Moldvay magenta box) - the 1983 Basic Set (Mentzer red box) - the 1991 Rules Cyclopedia (Allston hard cover) - the 1991 "New Easy-to-Master Dungeons & Dragons Game" (Denning Black Box)
It's neat to see how the game evolved over that time.
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