Last year, I watched the original Record of Lodoss War series (1990) and was very satisfied with it. I liked the old school feeling of it, and my experience in tabletop RPGs meant I recognized a lot of TTRPG tropes/archetypes underneath a Japanese coat of paint. The animation was generally pretty stiff, as was most anime of that time, but when important battles and character actions happened the sakuga usually picked up the slack.
Perhaps the most refreshing factor was the lack of preconceptions, for want of a better term, about how the world should operate and how each of the races should behave. The series shows humans (both not!Europeans and not!Arabians), elves, dark elves, dwarves, and a handful of evil races like goblins, dragons, and dog!kobolds. Spread across these characters are various archetypes like warrior, cleric, wizard, thief, etc. In a more modern series, or just a worse one, there'd be absolutely no surprises about how the characters acted. The warrior would be the strong, supportive type and the wizard would adjust his glasses while berating the thief for being so impulsive and greedy.
Record of Lodoss War doesn't quite behave like that, because there was much less baggage at the time of its creation and the origin of its source material. The elf Deedlit is an immortal, eternally youthful woman of otherworldly beauty, and skilled in magic: but the only reason she can perform magic is by summoning forest and wind spirits, which takes a lot of time and isn't useful in all situations. She also cares for the human warrior Parn very deeply to the point she acts jealous when he looks at other women. The dark elf Pirotess is just as beautiful and immortal, but she is a much more professional character, being the antagonist Lord Ashram's right-hand-woman. She is also overcome with love for him, but it manifests totally differently.
You can compare these characters to the oppai elf in Overlord or the fanservice elves in Elf-San Wa Yaserarenai (bit of a cheap comparison, perhaps) and see the depth in the Lodoss pair. They aren't just reflections of one another, they're different ways of life who share uniting traits like beauty, magic, and eternal youth. I really liked seeing that, because it made the world seem larger than it actually was; the characters felt like they came from different lands with different customs.
I'm currently working my way through Chronicles of the Heroic Knight (1998), which takes place a short time after the first series. It's been a mixed bag so far, although I do like the focus on Orson and the characters close to him. It feels natural for Parn to shift from a primary character to a secondary one because his entire story arc reached its natural conclusion - now the only conflict comes from his being too dense to notice Deedlit lusting after him.
Overall I'd definitely recommend the first series (and it's only 13 episodes anyway), especially if you enjoy TTRPGs. I will return to cover Chronicles of the Heroic Knight once I finish it.