ClawCarver wrote:I do feel that "Core" is a misnomer, though. The core is the irreducible essence of something, so for me WhiteBox is Core. But then what would I call the Core Rules? Hmmm... "Basic"? So S&W Complete becomes "S&W Advanced"...
How about Core - Advanced - Complete?
What I like about S&W is how every edition has a different way of handling combat and in addition an alternative is presented. In the orginal Little Brown Booklets there is hardly any description of how combat works exactly (the alternative combat rules, that is. Chainmail is refered to for the true original combat rules).
In S&W WhiteBox there's the OD&D LBB Alternative Combat Rules plus a more fine-grained version of that.
In S&W Core there's quite a different interpretation to the OD&D rules and an alternative emulating the Holmes way of handling combat.
In S&W Complete there's a more complicated version of the Core combat rules, the Core combat rules themself, the Core take on the Holmes combat rules, plus an alternative which focuses on the segmented combat round.
That's the original rules plus 5 alternatives, varying in complexity: great!