• D&D Basic Set part 5

    Reactions: Since monsters don't always attack, we need a way to figure out just how they react to adventurers. This is done by rolling 2d6 and finding the result on a table. This table has been...

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  • D&D Basic Set part 4

    Today I get into the portion of the book that deals with adventuring. Time and Movement in the Dungeons: No changes from OD&D here. We get a turn defined as ten minutes in the game, and unencumbered...

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  • D&D Basic Set part 3

    Today I'm looking at a number of different topics, from equipment to alignment to languages. There's not a lot here that is different from OD&D, but I'm going to go through and point out the minor differences...

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  • On Castle Greyhawk and My Campaign

    The initial plan for my Ultimate Sandbox campaign was to centre the whole thing around Castle Greyhawk, the original megadungeon from Gary Gygax’s campaign. I was going to use the Castle Zagyg supplements from Troll Lord Games...

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  • D&D Basic Set part 2

    Today I'm going to take a look at the races and classes in the Basic Set, and how they differ from their presentation in OD&D. The classes included here are Fighting Men, Magic-Users, Clerics and Thieves. The...

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  • An Incomplete History of Oerth – Part 1

    Now that I've read through every OD&D product, and taken copious notes, a basic outline of the history of my campaign world-to-be is emerging. Certainly none of this stuff was ever intended to fit together, and a...

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  • D&D Basic Set part 1

    Yes, it's been a long time. And yes, I know that I promised to do some consolidation and campaign-building in the meantime. That stuff is still going to happen. But in the interests of keeping this blog...

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  • Crafting Castle Black Star, part 1

    In his article on town design in The Strategic Review #7, author Joe Fischer mentioned his home dungeon, Castle Black Star. In my ongoing mission to construct a sandbox campaign out of D&D's many disparate elements,...

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  • The Dragon #2 part 1

    With The Dragon #1 completed, I move straight into issue #2. These are the glory days, when D&D supplements weren't being catapulted out of TSR every day of the week. I will savour it while I can....

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  • Monster & Treasure Assortments Sets 1 to 3

    I'm not certain exactly when these products were released, but given that the first one was included with the original Basic Set it has to be before this point. I've lumped all three together at the end...

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