I have fond memories of Wizards, by Avalon Hill. To me it's basically an RPG - your characters have stats and levels, roll dice for random encounters, etc. It has some issues, though, so I want to adjust the rules to make it more appealing to my pals.

If I said it was a board game, I probably wouldn't get much argument as there is a board involved. However, the specific question I want to ask SE involves homebrewing the rules to differentiate the spellcasting classes more, which seems like a topic people here would be better suited to answer. What's my best option here?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Many board games may feel like roleplaying games, or academically look like one (a debate rages over whether Monopoly can be considered a roleplaying game - you can roleplay in it), but that doesn't make them count effectively as the type of RPG we handle. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 29, 2016 at 3:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ You might find this question useful: What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game? \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe
    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ How about tabletop wargames? Is D&D Battlesystem fair game? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael
    Jul 6, 2016 at 14:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Michael Highly unlikely: meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/6005/… \$\endgroup\$ Jul 6, 2016 at 15:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the super clear answer @SirTechSpec - awesome user name BTW :-D \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael
    Jul 7, 2016 at 8:09

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Wizards is unambiguously a board game. (A very cool looking board game!) It's not unlike more recent examples of games that contain elements that look like RPG elements, such as Descent, Mice and Mystics, and Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game1, which are definitely board games despite passing resemblances.

The place to ask about house rules for Wizards would be:

1. Castle Ravenloft and its kin have specifically been discussed before on meta: Are questions about role-playing derivative board games on topic?


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