Holmes, Hollow Earth and Hobbes
My baby steps into D&D.
As a newbie to the the whole D&D lark I’ve made the decision to use Holmes as my introductory rule-set. I’m attracted to the simplicity of early edition D&D and Holmes obviously has that in spades. My understanding of the Holmes edition is that it can also be dangerous and unforgiving, another appealing characteristic as I grew up with the gothic grimdark of the Warhammer world and it’s an atmosphere that I’m quite attached to. Additionally, Holmes is open-ended enough to allow all sorts of additions, bolt-ons and amendments to the rules, and I think I may eventually want to tinker.
There are two great resources available for Holmes: the rigorous research of the Zenopus Archives and the friendly and ever-helpful community at the OD&D Discussion forums.
From suggestions raised in the OD&D forums I was led to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Pellucidar, and the possibilities offered by a Hollow Earth setting. Pulp goodness, dinosaurs, prehistoric humans, reptilian overlords, and a region called the ‘Land of Awful Shadow’. Awesome sauce.
I don’t think I’ll use Pellucidar straight from the box, but it will provide a great basis to work from as a setting (more on this later).
Is for this: “Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” (Leviathan, ch.xii). A little extreme, but kinda what I’m aiming for in a campaign.