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  1. theaaronstory

    Twelf Kingdoms Video Game/Gamebook

    "I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I embarked on this marvelous journey . . ." Greetings fellow enthusiasts, role-players, video game masters, magical and non-magic folk, demons, heroes and heroines, beings and creatures of the never ending lands of imagination, and every other...
  2. T

    [OD&D+] Top Ten OD&D Myths That Need to Die

    What are the top ten myths about the original edition of D&D that really need to die in a fire? Note that this is a [+] thread, and it's not about edition warring. It's about the things people say about OD&D that just aren't true. Stuff that makes it hard to have a conversation about the game...
  3. DDogwood

    [OSR] Shields shall be Splintered & Critical Injuries

    I've been thinking about Trollsmyth's Shields shall be Splintered rule and the ACKS Mortal Wounds table lately in the context of my Dungeons of Lunchtime campaign. I like ACKS' Mortal Wounds table, but I'm thinking that I'd like something that gives PCs a chance to stay in the fight by risking...
  4. Leonaru

    [B/X] Wow, the Light spell is broken

    I just re-read the description of the B/X Light spell. It's completely broken. Why? So you just completely crippled whomever you cast that spell on. A save vs. spell is the worst or second worst save of all classes. Fighters are especially bad at it and many monsters save as a fighter. Even a...
  5. Old Geezer

    We Made Up Some Shit We Thought Would Be Fun: A "Tank" was NOT somebody in heavy armor...

    From my upcoming book, of course: UNSTATED ASSUMPTIONS – D&D AND TRACTICS Another one of the games we played a lot was TRACICS, a WW2 miniatures wargame. Wargamers being wargamers, WW2 wargames means tanks. And much like CHAINMAIL influenced D&D and how we played it, TRACTICS also...
  6. D

    [WIR] Keep on the Borderlands with Mentzer Basic D&D

    [WIR] = Where I run This is going to be more review and commentary than a report on play so I figured it would sit better here than in Actual Play. Also, this is a personal reflection so I'm please don't take offence if I don't enjoy the kind of play you do. Background Mentzer was actually...
  7. B

    💀 Necro [Let's Read] The Known World/Mystara - ALL of it, from the beginning

    Inspired by this post from JoeNotCharles in the Rules Cyclopedia thread: Since JoeNotCharles doesn't have the time I thought I'd have a go at this... First a bit of background. Over the course D&D's history there have been many published settings. Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, Al Qadim...
  8. sagaston

    [BECMI/etc] What Do The PCs Spend Their Gold On?

    Unlike 3rd/4th, you can't just go buy magic items. Unlike AD&D, there's no insanely high training costs to level up. By the time a character hits say 3rd level, they have more gold than most towns. What on earth do they spend it on? Magic Item construction is insanely expensive and risky...
  9. Leonaru

    OD&D Rules Clarification

    I've got a couple of questions regarding the OD&D rules. Firstly: Learning magic as described (or not really explained) in Greyhawk. INT grants mages three values: Chance to Know Given Spell, Min/Max Number of Spells per Spell Level and Maximum Spell level. The latter is obvious; only mages...
  10. sagaston

    B4 - The Lost City, Share Your Stories

    I'm currently running the classic module The Lost City for my monthlyish D&D&D campaign (BECMI D&D, with booze, completely non serious) and I'm really enjoying the adventure. It feels like a precursor to more politics and social styles of gaming, mixed with some dungeon crawling and a lot of...
  11. A

    A question for Old Geezer

    Did you folks give elves all the bonuses they have in Chainmail as well as those in the D&D books? And how did the combat bonuses against the listed fantastic creatures work in the alternate combat system? Allen
  12. The Venomous Pao

    OD&D Reprint Disappointment (Debacle? Disaster?)

    So I bought the fancy OD&D reprint box set the day it came out (11/18). I paid full retail (call me a sucker, but I like to support my local ship when I can). I took it home and a few days into flipping through it I discovered a nasty rip in one of the pages of the Greyhawk book. My local...
  13. L

    [OD&D] Is the Premium Reprint Missing Anything?

    So I'm looking to get the OD&D Premium Reprint from WotC. But I'm worried about something: does the set come with everything I need to start playing? I know that OD&D was Gygax and Arneson's (among others) supplement/add-on for Chainmail. Does it come with Chainmail rules? Does it need...
  14. Particle_Man

    The Original Dungeons and Dragons Set is coming out in a Deluxe Edition.

    http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Product.aspx?x=dnd/products/dndacc/45390000 $150 (Canadian $172). I now know what to ask my wife for as an Xmas Present! My apologies if I have been scooped. Now we can all see what Old Geezer is talking about. ;)
  15. Old Geezer

    OD&D, Wandering Monsters

    I've mentioned before that in OD&D, wandering monsters are BAD BAD BAD. Period. No "Knights of the Dinner Table" banging saucepans together to draw monsters. Wandering Monsters = no treasure = no XP = bad. Running an OD&D game at Gary Con last spring reminded me just HOW bad. On the first...
  16. Mulsiphix

    [Classic D&D] Looking For Good Blogs Or Other Resources For My New Love

    I'm just starting a loving and hopefully long term relationship with Moldvay's and Cook's B/X D&D. Google doesn't seem to provide too much in regards to fan created resources, house rules, or even GOOD reviews of Classic D&D products. While I have found some material I was hoping to ask you fine...
  17. Mulsiphix

    Rules Cyclopedia - Where Do I Start?

    I'd like to get a game up and running as soon as possible. Looking over the RC ToC leaves me feeling like the only way I'll be able to play is to digest the entire tome before I sit down to roll up our first characters. Is this true or would it be possible to read a key set of pages first, get...
  18. Mailer

    B/X Misadventures: Fellowship of the Bling Volume II

    Stop! Volume 1 of The Fellowship of the bling may be found here http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?676099-B-X-Misadventures-in-randomly-generated-dungeons/page8 A few months ago my gaming group asked, "what would happen if The Lord of the Rings occurred in Gary Gygax's basic/expert dungeons...
  19. thirdkingdom

    [BECMI]Master level published modules . . . how good are they?

    I've been toying with the idea of running a high level game of BECMI (using the Dark Dungeons ruleset) here on the boards. I am fairly busy right now, so one of the ideas I have been thinking about was using one or more of the published M series of modules. Can anyone recommend one? Are they...
  20. Mulsiphix

    Where Can I Learn More About OD&D vs AD&D vs BECMI?

    Alright. I've long wanted to get into fantasy gaming but never gotten around to it. I've decided that starting with old school D&D is the way to go. I've taken a keen interest in retro-clones and their derivatives. I've come across a nice list over at RetroRoleplaying but do not know enough to...
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