Tag Archives: B/X

Retainers: Loyalty in OD&D vs. B/X

While looking for something else I came across this in Volume 1: Men & Magic of the original Dungeons & Dragons ruleset: This is not unlike the 2d6 reaction and morale/loyalty checks in B/X (pages B21 and B27), except that … Continue reading

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When in Doubt, Don’t Tinker

Much thought and reflection and research has led me to back away from the ledge. I wrote about my history and current reasons for wanting to tinker with the 1981 Basic/Expert D&D rules as written, particularly the class balance and … Continue reading

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To Tinker, Or Not To Tinker (Part 2)

Shockingly, yesterday’s long-winded rambling history of my ongoing failure to stop tinkering with games did little to reduce the pressure I feel to do so. And reflection and rumination on what I wrote and how I felt while writing it … Continue reading

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To Tinker, or Not To Tinker: That is the Question

Like many players from the earlier days of the hobby, I’m a tinkerer. I have always had the urge not only to “fix” things I perceived as broken and “improve” things I thought could be better, I enjoy tinkering with … Continue reading

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Kilgore’s B/X Reference Sheets

I’ve been using restaurant menu holders for a while now to make custom screens and references, and now that I’m starting up some online games I have re-worked them slightly so I have a handy 4-pager that I can keep … Continue reading

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Magical Research

There are a few parts of D&D that I have always wanted to spend more time using but either players just don’t seem to be interested–henchmen/retainers, for example–or the rules don’t make it terribly easy to implement. An example of … Continue reading

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There’s Always a Chance: d20 Ability Score Checks in B/X

The topic of rolling 1d20 and comparing it to an ability score to resolve an action has come up a couple of times on Reddit in the past couple of days, and also it’s one I’ve been meaning to post … Continue reading

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Killed by Goblins

I’ve been working on B/X combat using a grid and testing some things, using the Caves of Chaos in B2: The Keep on the Borderlands. I keep a stack of characters on 3×5 index cards ready at all times, and … Continue reading

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