I played my first game of Dungeon Crawl Classics today. Fun times… and a lot of dead PCs. I went through 5 level 0 characters today.
DCC has a very old-school feel. You roll all your stats randomly. In order. Including your character’s occupation. Non-human races are the classes. Dwarves are dwarves, elves are elves, halflings are halflings, and humans are the other classes.
You start with multiple level 0 characters… because most of them are going to die. The character is a 0 level commoner, coming from all manner of various peasant backgrounds. My first fatality occurred before the character even got to take a single action! Once you have a character get to 10 xp, and you finish and adventure and return to town, THEN they get a level and train up in a class they qualify for.
So far I have one character still alive and with enough XP… mostly by virtue of staying in the middle/rear of the party. I’ll have to finish the adventure with their life intact for them to ever get to first level. I’m excited to see where this game goes, my schedule permitting.