- Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Playtest overview.Posted 253 days ago
D&D Basic Set part 17
Troll: In OD&D Trolls had an AC of 4, but now it has dropped to 6. They were Chaotic in OD&D, but now they are Chaotic Evil. As has become expected, the damage for the Troll’s...
- Posted 1020 days ago
Basic D&D part 16
Owl Bear: Like many other monsters in Holmes, the Owl Bear’s attack routine has been simplified. Instead of two claw attacks that deal 1d6 damage each and a bite that deals 1d12, it now has three...
- Posted 1023 days ago
D&D Basic Set part 15
Lizard Man: The lizard man seems to have lost its two claw attacks, now having but a single attack at 1d8 damage. If this is a weapon attack as the description implies, then I guess that...
- Posted 1027 days ago
D&D Basic Set part 14
Before I go on, I feel the need to point out that Holmes Basic is the first D&D rule set to have a monster’s stats grouped together with its description. God bless functional design! Gnome: In OD&D,...
- Posted 1031 days ago
Solo D&D Playtesting
Most of my D&D time of late has been taken up with designing and playtesting my abstract solo game. (Fear not, Ultimate Sandbox enthusiasts, that project keeps chugging along.) I've played through a few sessions that I...
- Posted 1034 days ago
D&D Basic Set part 13
Dwarves: This entry wisely directs the DM to the Dwarf PC class for special abilities. Otherwise things match with OD&D, but with several things omitted. There’s no chance given now for higher-level Dwarves to own magic...
- Posted 1035 days ago
D&D Basic Set part 12
Chimera: In OD&D they could have an alignment of Neutral or Chaotic, but in Holmes Basic they are now Chaotic Evil. There’s also a small change to their damage dice. In Supplement I, the goat head...
- Posted 1037 days ago
Solo D&D Play
I have a habit of flitting about from project to project. One week I'm obsessed with writing a novel, the next I'm programming a text adventure, and the week after that I'm trying to write a mega-gamebook...
- Posted 1038 days ago
D&D Basic Set part 11
MONSTERS: The monster section opens with some broad advice on using monsters in the campaign. It goes through how the monster entries are laid out, how the DM should stock his dungeon, provides some advice on...
- Posted 1042 days ago
D&D Basic Set part 10
MAGIC WEAPONS: The brief treatment of magic weapons given here in the combat section matches fairly well with the OD&D rules. We'll see if that's still the case when Holmes gets into more depth in the...
- Posted 1043 days ago