Swords & Wizardry from Frog God Games takes you back to some of the oldest days of organized roleplaying. The edition of Dungeons and Dragons frequently referred to as “First Edition” was, as you might expect, not the first draft of the game. In fact, it wasn’t even the first published edition of the game. Instead, First Edition generally refers to the 1978 release of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. However, Frog God Games are going all the way back to 1974 to bring you a print version of a retro-clone of the very first edition of Dungeons and Dragons under the name Swords & Wizardry (there is a free version of Swords & Wizardry available as a free download if you would like to check it out). For the Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter, Frog God Games has re-written the rules for clarity and newly laid out in a stitched-spine hardback volume and a new edition of the Monster Book (which is, presumably, a book containg monsters), which have new art and additional monsters over the previous Swords & Wizardry edition, is also included in the Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter (it is $70 for both books which, when you consider that includes shipping and PDF copies, is downright reasonable). The ‘old school’ gaming movement has certainly gained a lot of steam over the past few years (including Wizards of the Coast recently reprinting 1E), and the odds are good most people have pretty limited experience with the Original Edition rules that inspired Swords & Wizardry, so this is a chance for people to experience these rules in printed form (as opposed to just checking out the Swords & Wizardry pdf). If you are interested in Swords & Wizardry from Frog God Games, you can check out the Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter and the official Frog God Games page.
What are your memories of playing old school RPGs? I started with AD&D 2nd Edition. I remember just making up whatever ridiculously overpowered classes we wanted. It was amazing but, in our group, it was very much ‘the PCs destroy everything.’