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2023 Character Creation Challenge Day 28: White Box Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game

So I picked up a physical copy of White Box Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game from Amazon because the book itself was under $5. But it is available in PDF format on DriveThruRPG for free. So either way you really can’t go wrong getting this game. It is based off of the original Dungeons and Dragons that was available in a “white box”. It looks like some popular modern rules were adopted (I don’t have a copy of the original rules to actually compare) but there are some things that are definitely from that era (such as all weapons doing a variant of 1d6 damage.

The book itself is 143 pages long and the character sheet is a single page. There is no actual character creation steps listed, you just start with the attributes on page 7. The order of the standard attributes is STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, CHA (which I believe is not the original order, so an update?). The rules instruct me to roll in order (but state that some DMs may allow you to pick which score goes to which attribute). I’m going to stick with the in order method and let the dice decide what type of character this will be. Intelligence was the highest of the class attributes, but not by much. So I used the rule to move points around (which are done on a 1 to 1 basis to the prime attribute only, no attribute lower than 9. For alignment I selected neutral.

After this I went over to the magic user description and wrote down the hit points (rolled a 5+1 for 6) and XP bonus (+5%). The character gets one spell and has some weapons and armor restrictions.

The equipment was the next chapter. 3D6x100 gold for starting characters resulted in 120gp. Dang, spellbooks are 100gp. I spent all of the 120 on some basic equipment. I then wrote down my languages (I get six in total).

I went to the spell section, and wow the 1st level spells for the magic user was a little lacking. Only one offensive spell (sleep). If I was running this game I might allow some zero-level spells and add a few more options (I didn’t see magic missile anywhere). I filled in the character sheet, including his name of Wingar, and placed it in the scanner.


When I first picked this game up, I thought it was going to be very similar to the B/X editions of Dungeons and Dragons. I was surprised to see some of the different mind-sets in this game that would eventually become B/X, but was different enough that it made me raise an eyebrow.

This character creation process was 100x better than the one I experienced yesterday. I actually wouldn’t mind trying out a session or two with this system just to see how it stacks up to other OSR and retro-clones.

Additional Notes:

A lot of people have been talking about the Wizards of the Coast OGL fiasco. I have some thoughts on it, but I’d like to wait until after the Character Creation Challenge is over. It sounds like some new developments have been announced which I hope are for the good.

Coming Up Next:

Metamorphosis Alpha (2016)

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