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I've played the gamut of D&D editions from 2e, 3e, 4e, and the classic BECMI system, and after a year long hiatus from 4th edition, I'm considering running some "classic" D&D again.

I'm aware of continued interest in first edition, but is there any ongoing interest and materials being published, or related or derived from BECMI? (In the manner of Pathfinder and Rules Cyclopedia).

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See also the overview of all retro-clones at rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/1751/… –  mxyzplk Dec 10 '10 at 0:40
This comment was the best answer... –  Matt Joiner Dec 12 '10 at 14:37

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Yes, there is a specific retro-clone geared towards BECMI gaming....it is called Dark Dungeons and it is a replication of the one-book D&D Rules Cyclopedia! This would appear to be exactly what you are looking for: http://darkdungeonsblog.wordpress.com/

You might also look at games that replicate Basic D&D, such as Labyrinth Lord or BFRPG

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Very interesting. They're pretty much exact replicas of BECMI and 0e. –  Matt Joiner Dec 10 '10 at 17:45

Absolutely. There are a number of websites out there that still publish modules, monsters and content of classic D&D. Most refer to it as OSR - Old School Role-playing.

Here are 2 sites to get you started:

  • Dragons Foot: A lot of content here especially modules and creatures.

  • The Mad Irishman: This site has great replicas of the original character and DM sheets.

Try these, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Don't forget there's also a free fanzine for Classic D&D called Encounter.

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There is a brand new product being released by Frog God Games called Swords and Wizardry. It should be available within the next week or so. It is the original D&D rules with the supplements added.

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Do you have a link? –  Stewbob Dec 9 '10 at 18:16
That's not a BECMI clone, it's a 0e clone. –  mxyzplk Dec 10 '10 at 0:37
@mxyzpik - I'm not knowledgeable in rpg history. Can you explain the difference between BECMI and 0e? –  ChrisP Dec 10 '10 at 11:25
0e vs BX vs BECMI in depth: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/2089/… –  mxyzplk Dec 10 '10 at 23:54

I have a partial list of OSR publishers that support all varieties of older D&D (OD&D, B/X, BECMI, 1st AD&D mostly).


The big three are OSRIC (AD&D 1st), Labyrinth Lords (B/X), and Swords & Wizardry (Original D&D)

Swords & Wizardry Core rules is the most used for a heavily house ruled campaign as it has all the foundation of D&D in a concise format. Dark Dungeons is a BECMI clone where Labyrinth Lord is the older Moldavy/Cook B/X Clone. The differences between of all these are of inches and the modules and supplements are highly compatible between all of them.

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