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I'm writing an engine for Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (Red and Blue Box) First Edition (1E) in Python and would like to be able to read from an existing database of what is in the players and experts guide books.

I'm looking for all the numerical data and spell data for all the classes and monsters.

I figure that something like this exists, and after plenty of Google'ing, I've found some for later editions, but not for the older ones.

It's fine if it is in some other format, but I'd like to be able to make it into a local, offline database format (like SQLite).

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When you say you've found such databases for "later editions", which do you mean? Are you thinking of 3rd edition? Because if you are, those databases for 3rd edition only exist as a licensing anomaly that doesn't apply to earlier or later editions. I'm skeptical that there are any such databases for BX D&D. –  SevenSidedDie Nov 8 '10 at 1:12
Actually, because you can't actually copyright game rules, raw lists of HD and whatnot are probably legal. I seem to remember dbs like that from my 2e days. –  mxyzplk Nov 8 '10 at 1:53
@mxyzplk No, you're right, but I was thinking of more than just the legal side. I'm still dubious as to a the existence of a ready-to-slurp database, just because 3rd is an anomaly in how free people feel to spread and spindle the SRD. It may be legal for BX, but it hasn't been encouraged in the same way. –  SevenSidedDie Nov 8 '10 at 7:13
@BBlake You can't copyright compilations of data (except in countries which have dubious "database copyright" laws, such as the UK). TSR sent out lots of C&Ds because they were jerks, not because they had a legal leg to stand on. The OGL isn't actually a legal necessity, but a legal insurance against the loophole in our legal system that allows plaintiffs to win by default with a groundless suit if they bankrupt the defendant with legal fees. –  SevenSidedDie Nov 8 '10 at 21:22
@PatLudwig Yes, but that's a small list of monster names (and I think it's found in a list on this site actually). Replace them with a placeholder name ("Brain Whipper!" and you're g2g. @BBlake that is not correct, such information is not copyrightable. TSR/WotC like to bully people but that doesn't mean they have a legal right to takedown. –  mxyzplk Nov 8 '10 at 22:55

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Overview of D&D retro-clones

Check out the retro clones on that link. Most everything there was created while at least thinking of the legal aspects of what could be used without problems. As a plus, the materials can generally be downloaded in several readable formats which you should be able to write a simple parser for.

  • AD&D -> OSRIC
  • D&D Red(Moldvay) -> Labyrinth Lord
  • OD&D -> Swords and Wizardry (should work for D&D Blue(Holmes) as well)
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