I realised this week that I’m actually playing a hybrid of Savage Worlds Explorers’ and Deluxe editions, using Explorers’ for character creation and management, and Deluxe for everything else.
This has come about for three reasons; partly, my favourite GM screen and character management software don’t yet support Deluxe; partly, I don’t want to go back to my players and tell them I’ve nerfed the Bolt power; but mostly, I just can’t be bothered.
The alternatives I looked at were…
- Switch to HeroLab. Previous comments on that are still valid, so no.
- Create a homebrew data file for MetaCreator. My day job is in IT; when I get home, I just want stuff to work, without having to hack it.
- Create my own character sheets and GM screen in OpenOffice or Word. Too much retyping.
- Return to pencil and paper character sheets. Loses the benefits of computerising them, namely that the software checks my arithmetic errors and the sheets get a lot harder to lose.
I stewed on this for a while, and I eventually decided: I’m not ending world hunger here; I’m just having fun with my friends. If and when the tools get updated in line with the new rules, fine, I’ll switch over to the new versions; if not, honey badger don’t care.
I’m 30 years behind my friend Tony (still running OD&D) and 10 years behind the OSR movement (running OD&D clones), but I got there in the end.