Genre: OSR influenced, rules light fantasy roleplaying game
Pages: 197 pages total
Price: $34.99 for the four digest sized books
I share my thoughts about the minimalist old school renaissance influenced fantasy RPG Mazes. The game is written by Chris O’Neill, built upon the Polymorph system, and can be ordered from 9th Level Games. Mazes consists of four digest sized books totaling nearly 200 pages and is available right now.
Is this new school, OSR inspired RPG designed for 2020 to feel like it was created in 1979 so you can party like it’s 1999? Or would you have a better time endlessly wandering through a labyrinth as opposed to diving into Mazes? You’ll find out!
2:18 Discussing the Polymorph system overall and diving into the Sword booklet
18:01 A look at the Sorcery booklet
20:02 Peeking at the Maze booklet
26:25 Finishing up with the Monster booklet
30:24 Final thoughts and review score
8.5VISITORS' SCORE(1 vote)
Even though I have a couple of quibbles with elements of the design philosophy, Mazes is a fantastic rules light fantasy roleplaying game for players of all ages. The Polymorph system is elegantly simple and super easy to understand/memorize and you'd be hard pressed to find a better introduction to the OSR for gamers who don't need a lot of crunch in their RPGs. The lack of dedicated ways to improve the player characters over a long campaign as well truly unique and magical treasure will come as a shock to many RPG veterans out there; I'd personally homebrew some rules to cover those areas. I would have also liked to have seen the booklets come in a small box and it's rather silly 9th Level is charging $15.00 for one. I really love Mazes though and, even if you don't run the system exactly as written, there's loads for you to crib to incorporate into your preferred OSR RPG of choice.
Founder/Editor-in-chief of The Gaming Gang website and host of The Gaming Gang Dispatch and other TGG media, Jeff tackles any and all sorts of games but has a special fondness for strategy, conflict sims, and roleplaying games. Plus, he's certainly never at a loss for an opinion...