• 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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  • I Still Function

    This is just a quick message to let you guys know what's going on with the blog. It's not abandoned, at least not on a theoretical level. I've had some technical issues (those being the complete lack...

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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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  • The Dragon #9

    This is it folks, the last issue of The Dragon in the OD&D era (at least so far as this project goes). There's not a great deal of stuff to cover. But first, the things I ain't...

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  • The Dragon #8 part 2

    The Development of Towns in D&D: This article gives guidelines on designing your campaign's main town or city, where the PCs go between dungeon expeditions. The advice given is generally quite good, but in my opinion...

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  • The Dragon #8 part 1

    After last issue's dearth of usable articles, it's back to business as usual. The Dragon #8 has a bunch of useful ones, including one on the Outer Planes that introduces a lot of D&D lore. But first,...

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