So, last Thursday night, I ran a party through the beginnings of the Hidden Shrine of Tamochoan, an old-school TSR module circa 1979 using the Zounds! rpg by +Joshua Macy
The result was pretty fun. A very different dynamic, though. Given the way Zounds works with respect to wounds and healing, there was no need for a party healer, so there was no cleric. Instead there were two mages, a barbarian, and an elf ranger. One of the mages and the barbarian were example characters from the Zounds! PDF. I made the Elf ranger, and one of the players made the other mage, a bibliomancer who has turned out to be way more useful than you'd expect.
We had some really funny moments, and the players seemed to enjoy it. It was especially fun when they encountered the nereid, who charms men. There was only one male character in the group, the barbarian warrior, who was actually played by a woman. The other three characters were female, and so the nereid wasn't that hard to overcome.
There's a sort of vampire in one of the rooms, who would have been a really tough monster to fight, except the bibliomancer re-wrote the curse on his coffin, in an effort to turn him friendly to the party. It was such a clever idea that I went with it.
It's tempting to say "no" to players when they try something that isn't quite covered in the rules, but when the idea is a good one for the story, I think it's best to fudge the rules and go with what the players come up with. So, in this case, the friendly vampire warned them about the cursed axe, which was put there solely to screw with the players in a very Gygaxian way, and handed over his loot and wished them well. We all had a good laugh about it.
I'm looking forward to part two this Thursday.