In 1980, Bushido anticipates third edition D&D

Bushido (1980) by Paul Hume and Bob Charrette

Bushido (1980) by Paul Hume and Bob Charrette

Twenty years before the release of third edition Dungeons & Dragons, the Japanese-themed RPG Bushido included this rule:

Saving throws…represent the chance of making a supernatural exertion of the Attribute, such as dodging a trap or missile (Speed), resisting a spell (usually Will), or neutralizing a drug or infection (Health).” – Bushido (1980) by Paul Hume and Bob Charrette

I suspect the near match between the saving throws in Bushido and the Reflex, Will, and Fortitude saves in 3E comes from designers working at the same problem and arriving at a similar solution, rather than from a direct influence. Nonetheless, the similarity is striking.

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3 Responses to In 1980, Bushido anticipates third edition D&D

  1. Don Holt says:

    I’m assuming it is not the saving throw, but the similarity between Bushido’s attributes and the derived attributes in 3e you are noting?

  2. Aaron says:

    Bushido’s round structure is similar to 3e’s as well, with it’s full actions and half actions.

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