House Rules, You’re Doing It Wrong!

This entry is part 7 of 42 in San Check

In Best Laid Schemes, I made the remark that I disagreed with the version of D&D that Philotomy’s uses for Actual Play. It was not a statement of You’re doing it wrong! to Jason Cone. Said another way, although he prefers OD&D from 1974 (with house rules) and  I prefer AD&D 2E from 1989 (with house rules), I felt synchronicity in our style.

If Philotomy’s OD&D Musings tells us anything, it’s that D&D is a house ruled game. You make it your own.

When it comes to D&D, Jason Cone and The Delvers are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum of this house ruled game. Would there be discourse if I sat down with Jason and talked D&D with him?

I’ll try and answer that with a familiar analogy.

I hate apples. I hate things made of apples. Juice, sauce, whatever. Get apples away from me. Oranges on the other hand are great. Tess likes oranges too.

I’ll peel my orange and eat the pieces two at a time. I don’t care if it’s sliced. I’ll eat it that way too.

Tess, however, does this weird thing where she peels the skin off the orange perfectly, removes each carpel, removes the skin of the carpel and eats the little pieces of pulp one by one. What the hell?

I’m not comparing apples and oranges here, because we are both eating the same fruit. She just does it differently than me. She’s fucking weird about it, but whatever.

Delve - San Check - TOC
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  1. You know, for kids!
  2. Digger, Please!
  3. Semantic Railroads
  4. Mapping Progress
  5. Honeymoon Adventure
  6. No One Games in a Vacuum
  7. House Rules, You’re Doing It Wrong!
  8. WotC’s Poisoned Apple
  9. Oh Shit Run – An Outside Perspective
  10. Greyhawk Campaigns
  11. Nostalgia Vomit
  12. Dicing with Dinosaurs
  13. The Eye of the Dragon
  14. What Did You Do Over the Summer?
  15. It’s Like Cops and Robbers, but with Dice!
  16. Emergent Death or Why Losing Is Fun!
  17. How to Train Your Delvers (More WotC Snark)
  18. WotC’s Babel Fish
  19. More Nostalgia Vomit
  20. Fantasy Fighting
  21. Fighting Fantasy
  22. The Delvers 1985
  23. From Weird WotC to the creator of Giant Space Hamsters
  24. The Daedalus Complex
  25. There Is No Cow Level
  26. Double-decker Bologna Sandwich!
  27. It is Not a Secret Door if You Tell Me
  28. All Apologies
  29. Be the First to Solve the Mystery and Claim the Dungeon Treasure!
  30. Dungeon Treasure & Hidden Treasure
  31. You Unlock this Door with the Key of Imagination
  32. The Answer to the Mystery at The Delvers
  33. The First Keeper
  34. Sandbox Apophenia
  35. Nearly Enough Dice – Interview
  36. The State of The Delvers
  37. Vicariously Join Two Girls and Their Mom Around the Gaming Table
  38. Cassette Cover Art
  39. Bastion of the Boglings
  40. WotC Piss and the Last Boy Scout
  41. Campaign Timeline
  42. B4: The Lost City


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