Friday, May 20, 2016
The Grognard Cred Test
The other day I was introduced to another gamer by a friend of mine. After the introduction my friend said "Now you two can establish your grognard cred." Both of us laughed and then launched into a series of discussions about various role playing games we have played and owned. That of course was followed by a thorough critiquing of most of the newer systems, On my way home from meeting this individual I thought it would be fun to come up with some kind of grognard cred test, so here it is.
Before I begin the test I suppose I should explain what a grognard is for those who might be going "huh?".
The definition of grognard is: Someone who enjoys playing older war-games or role playing games, or older versions of such games when newer ones are available.
To test your gognard level keep track of your points and consult the table at the end.
If you have hard copies of any of the following games add 5 pts for each book you own.
Have played the Yellow Book Version of Dungeons and Dragons 15 pts.
Have played First Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 10 pts.
Have played Second Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 3 pts
Have played the original Gamma World 10 pts
Have played Star Frontiers 5 pts
Have played Boot Hill 5 pts
Have played Space Master 10 pts
Have played Middle Earth Role Playing System 10 pts
Have played Palladium Role Playing Game (pre Rifts) 10 pts
Have played Role Master 10 pts
Have played Ninjas and Superspies 5 pts
Have played Robotech 5 pts
Have played DC Heros 5 pts
Have played Rifts 5 pts
Have played TMNT 5 pts (+5 pts if you know what TMNT stands for)
Have played Battletech with Miniatures 15 pts (+15 pts if you still have the rules and miniatures)
Have played Battletech without miniatures 5 pts (seriously playing that game without minitures?)
Have playd Marvel Super Heros 5 pts (+20 pts if you have all the marvel philes in a binder)
Have played Chill 10 pts
Have played Call of Cthulu (Chaosium) pre 4th edition 5 pts
Have played Vampire the Masquerade 5 pts
Have played Werewolf the Apocolypse 5 pts
Have played Mage the Awakening 5 pts
Have played Changeling the Dreaming 5 pts
Have played Wraith the Oblivion 10 pts (c'mon, if you played that game at all it's worth 10 points.)
Have played Traveler 10 pts (+20 pts if you had a character die during character creation.)
Have played Twilight 2000 5 pts (+10 pts if you have played it after the year 2000)
Have played WEG Star Wars +10 (+10 if you know what WEG means)
Have played Shadow Run first edition 5 pts
Have played Shadow Run second edition 3 pts
+5 pts for each game you can name that should be on this list that isn't.
+5 pts if you know what THAC0 means
+5 pts if you know what an RSW save is
+5 points if you have ever stated on a discussion board or other similar place that you refused to ever play anything beyond x edition of the rules.
+5 if you have ever posted on a discussion board or other similar place that the reason for the new edition was a money grab.
+5 if you get irritated that all your friends try to convince you to play the newer editions of your favorite game.
+10 if you have ever tried to use a character from one edition for the new edition without changing how the character was rolled up.
0-100 - Pre Grognard
100-150 Baby Grognard
150 -200 Adult Grognard
200-300 Serious Grognard
300+ Master Grognard