The game Over the Edge has been converted to a 28-page OGL rulebook called the Wanton Role-Playing System. Huzzah!
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Over the Edge is one of those games that hipster RPers like me love to talk about as though we played it for hours and hours, each moment revealing new secrets of the depths of our inner Being like unfolding lyric poetry. Truth is, I’ve never played a game, not really. But the system is badass, and if you ever want to get a grip on what the whole ‘indie RPG’ community is all about, it’s a good place to start.
I think that we D&D players have a lot to learn from this little booklet. It might not have d20s and to-hit bonuses and classes and Vance, but it’s got speed, style and inventiveness as its core tenets. It revolves around the classic rule, ‘if you don’t know the outcome of an action, make up a number on a die and roll for it.’
I hope that we get a chance to see a lot of stuff being produced for this system, just like the stuff the OSR is putting out now. In fact, if you want to try splicing some OtE goodness into your old-school game, check out this cool hack. It’s for Tunnels & Trolls, but we know how this goes. Splice it, dice it, hack it ‘til it works.