Okay, here’s where I’ve been:
1. Playing Mutants & Masterminds to compare it to Dark Earth
2. Playing ACKS because it’s awesome
What I have learned:
1. Toughness saves are tedious, and, I think, less fun than good old hit points.
2. There is something to be said for giving players more control during character creation, especially in a deadly game.
Dark Earth, as it was turning out, had a whole lot in common with M&M. That isn’t the direction that I want to go with it.
What I think I really want is an OSR game that is familiar to people who play d20-derivatives.
Does that exist already? Is it fun? 🙂