Comments on Why I Like Rolemaster

Pretty good. Although, I use Rolemaster the Standard System now, and not Rolemaster Classic. Rolemaster Classic is your 5th Edition from the edition made by 12 Century Monks in Cambridge.

Rolemaster: The Standard System has some changes. Adolescent skill ranks and so forth. Along with some new and badder skills. Plus: some different profession changes.

– Elton 2006-08-21 15:03 UTC


Heh. I gave away all my Rolemaster books a long time ago. The table of criticals was fun to read, however. You can use the critical tables from HARP Lite, however! Just print the two or three pages around p. 55, stick them to your GM screen, and roll for critical damage on a natural 20! Practice your evil cackling while you roll… :)

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-02 20:02 UTC


Thankfully, I’ve still got my Rolemaster system – Character Law & Campaign Law, Spell Law and Arms Law, not the gawd awful RMSS version, and still adore it. It’s character generation, combat and magic, all done right. I’d love to game it again :)

GreyWulf 2006-12-02 21:50 UTC


Well I guess now that I have HARP Lite there’s no need to buy the old Rolemaster stuff again. And yes, I also had all these Law books at the time. But we only tried to play it once and deemed it too complex for our taste. In fact, a few months back we tried GURPS Lite and found it too hard to grasp. The point was that we had no intuitive feeling for good and bad decisions in combat. I was wielding a heavy hammer and discovered to my dismay that I was only able to hit every second round. Later I discovered that against a well-armored enemy my hammer was the only weapon that was able to penetrate the armour. Maybe this makes sense in hind-sight, but the system had very poor predictability for a group of software engineers. And that’s saying something, I think. Similar criticism would probably apply to the Rolemaster rules. The tons and tons of tables have similar properties.

I love M20. :)

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-02 22:44 UTC


Me too :) All the simplicity you need, with none of the rules.

I tend to go for the extremes, it seems – Rolemaster’s massive tables, all the way down to M20 with not a lot in the middle. Strange.

GreyWulf 2006-12-02 23:14 UTC

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  1. Elton says:

    In the wake of 4e, I am forced to re-evaluate my position on Rolemaster classic. Rolemaster Classic is so simple to use its mindboggling compared to 4e. :D

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