Tag Archives: AD&D

Tolkiens & Dragons

Over at Greyhawk Grognard they’re discussing how much influence Tolkien had on D&D, specifically the Advanced D&D game. Mentioned, of course, is the editorial written by Gygax in Dragon Magazine pretty much dismissing the influence altogether. I’m not sure, but … Continue reading

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The Old AD&D Books

Earlier this month we visited my brother and his family and got on a little AD&D. The game was great, but the best part might have been going through the books and stuff that he had. What made this special … Continue reading

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Three Hours in and Still in Town

We kicked off our 1e AD&D game last night. Rolling up PCs took a while, mostly because of unfamiliarity with the details and where to look things up in the books. My brother (who I hadn’t gamed with since the … Continue reading

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Firing Up the Old 1e

I’m visiting my brother and his family this week and we’re going to run a short game. My brother has never played anything but 1e AD&D so that’s what we’re going to go with for nostalgia’s sake. The icing on … Continue reading

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Oe Armor Classes in 1e Monsters

One thing I did not realize until a couple of years ago is that original edition D&D used an armor class scale with 9 representing unarmored. I had always thought that was just some Basic edition wonkery, but it is … Continue reading

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The Craven Ranger

In yesterday’s Explosive Runes I linked to a Castle Dragonscar post which included some typewritten-style character sheets. There is a certain old-school flair to these, reminiscent of Judges Guild stuff and probably a majority of the home-brewed material from the … Continue reading

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Ascension Sunday

Today is the Feast of the Ascension in the Catholic Church, and one of the readings includes this: And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; … Continue reading

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Summon Trash

AD&D: The Relative Efficacy of Monster Summoning I The statistics are nice, but this is the key, I think: Summoned trash also has a few other advantages. It can hold a line whether needed as a rearguard or instant bodyguards … Continue reading

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