I’m guessing that many frequenting here already have access to the ACKS pdf. But if you don’t (and even if you do), that and a whole bunch of other goodies are available for a heck of a deal here: http://bundleofholding.com/index/current
Good idea getting the book in there, Autarch! While S&W and LL are good games, now more people can see why I think it compares favorably to them.
It is a good bundle; hopefully it’s not all us same people buying it
I will say one thing; aside from all the other systematic benefits of choosing ACKS, Autarch really does have a good set of people doing layout/etc. - when I first came across it, I was most wow’d by the production of the document - from the fonts to the tables; it’s all super-crisp.
Agreed, the layout in ACKS rocks. One of the cleanest B&W documents I’ve ever used.
I also hope there are lots of new people buying it, but I’ve noticed a distinct trend (particularly amongst other OSR types) to not really grasp the differences within ACKS without actually playing it. Without doing so, it seems many people look at it as a poor clone with complicated domain house rules they figure they’ll never use anyway.
Oh, I agree it’s a better game, and have said more or less the same thing: many small, subtle changes leading to distinct, and improved, gameplay, with or without the domain rules. It’s why I’m here, after all.
I’ll try and dig up a recent conversation from the RPGSite that’s representative of what I’m talking about.
If I can ever get an old school gaming group together (which I haven’t had since old school was brand new), then I will definitely use ACKS. The proficiency and class systems alone are an improvement on B/X. And it feels more intuitive and fun than going back to 1E D&D.