Posted 29 June 2014 - 12:37 AM
Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:44 AM
Go for it!
Edited by Mankcam, 29 June 2014 - 03:47 AM.
Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:35 PM
In the case of the Renaissance system, it is based upon the OpenQuest rule system - which is a slimmed-down version of the Mongoose Runequest rule system. This rule system also formed the basis of Legend when the Runequest licence went to Moon Design. This means that all of these games - Mongoose Runequest, Legend, OpenQuest, Renaissance, and the superb Runequest 6 - are closely related and transferring material between them is not a problem. Personally, I use the simplified combat system from OpenQuest / Renaissance with Legend and Runequest for minor incidental fights sometimes. I find that breaking out the combat manouevres can be overkill when a group of heavily armed thugs (errr...adventurers) are facing down a pair of giant rats - it's all a matter of taste...
Also, Renaissance focuses more on the early modern period, whereas Legend seems to be aiming for a generic medieval fantasy feel and Runequest 6 seems to be concentrating more on a classic pulp fantasy feel.
Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:59 AM
For some time people were pushing Legend as a cheap introduction (the PDF at USD1) to RQ6 but now that Essentials is available for PWYW there is not any reason to continue to push a limited subset of the RQ line. This must be cutting in to MGP's ability to fund further development plus they'd need to get someone in to rehash material. The freelancer(s) are OK for converting material from old D20 material vis the Spider God's Bride line but they aren't big name designers likely to get people to rush out and buy rulebooks.
Even the conversion to Legend for the MGP RQII material (Vikings and Pirates) was a bit of a bodge job as tables and charts weren't properly updated or were missed completely in what is Mongoose's signature editing style.
Posted 30 June 2014 - 11:40 AM
Between OGL releases using Legend / OpenQuest / Renaissance as a base and official releases from Moon Design and Chaosium, the long-term future for the system is still very bright.