I'm using simultaneous initiative (with an action declaration phase) and one-minute combat rounds for In the Realm of the Nibelungs, both a first for me and my group. Combat mostly runs via Swords & Wizardry Continual Light, a D&D 'retroclone', albeit with some changes (such as simultaneous initiative).
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In the Realm of the Nibelungs has begun! My consultation with Ron can be found at Adept Play here.
The game is set in 5th century Burgundy (as portrayed in the medieval German epic The Song of the Nibelungs) and uses a 'homunculus of (old) D&D' I crafted for this purpose.
This post is an oblique response to http://adeptplay.com/actual-play/dd-habits-and-culture and http://adeptplay.com/seminar-hearts-minds/conversation-dd-play-culture .
In the FB group I took a week off from running the D&D games and wanted to run non-D&D. The Coriolis game never went off but The Witcher game was full. Ended up two players missed for Internet reasons, but four players is plenty of action. I used the pre-gens from the free Witcher: Easy Mode and built my own scenario from that. I wanted to test out some more Now! style play and see what emerged.
Ok, so I had the pleasure of introducing my 13 year old niece and her stepsister to rpgs this Christmas, and wanted to describe what I did, with an eye to better understanding things like intuitive continuity and also how to do things like this better in the future.