I tried Shadowdark RPG for the first time this evening and throughly enjoyed it. I should likely preface this statement by stating the following:
- I had to take a brief break from the ongoing OSE campaign (which ended up at 30+ sessions)
- It's in the exact same world at the same time as the OSE campaign.
- The OSE campaign was wildly fun but also fairly serious at times.
- Trying a new game is a great restart for everyone.
- Hanging out with all my friends is making my heart so happy. I honestly needed a laugh with everything that has been going on latetly.
The nice thing about playing easy to run D&D like games online is you get to the meat and potatoes of gaming. We start laughing and roleplaying and not worrying about any tactical, min maxing silliness.
When you only have a couple of hours to play (Which BTW I absolutely adore...more on that later) its nice to just be able to jump into a game. I rolled up my character in all of 5 minutes.
Honestly that's all I got. Much like whitebox or holmes, I really enjoy just jumping and going and not getting dragged down with any extra sheets on my character sheet.
I have to say Shadowdark is the best of a lot of the great OSR ideas that have come along over the years. There's a bit of everything in there. Definitely try it out.