Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (a.k.a. "AD&D", "first edition", "1e") was written by Gary Gygax and released in three volumes between 1977 and 1979.

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Can I get Experience Points from defeating a Phoenix?

As AD&D's Phoenix never dies, can you ever get experience points for defeating it?
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Where can step-by-step instructions for creating magic items be found?

The Dungeon Master's Guide for AD&D says magic items are created using instructions devised by the DM. However, it presents only a handful of examples. Here's one: An example of a formula for ...
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How is encumbrance value of an item derived?

How are the values derived in the 1e Ad&d DMG for encumbrance? Encumbrance values are given in gold pieces, e.g. a large metal bound book has an encumbrance of 200 gold pieces. DMG p.225 states ...
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What exactly is AD&D? [closed]

I am considering getting a new Dungeons & Dragon set, and I am considering getting AD&D, but what really is AD&D? Does it involve more combat compared to 4e? Does it add more classes ...
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What does the +X on a magic weapon apply to?

What does the e.g. +1 on a magic longsword count for in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons? Is it a bonus to damage, or is it to attack?
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What is a hit die, and how do I calculate monster HP? [duplicate]

I'm new and have the AD&D Monster Manual and Fiend Folio. I want to know how to calculate monsters' HP. Does 4 hit dice mean 4 HP, or 4 rolls of a die, and how do I know what die to roll if it is? ...
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Damage for chained cannonballs

For the next session we roll, my players will be faced with pirates. My question is how would you determine what kind of damage chained cannonballs inflict? (By chained cannonballs I mean two ...
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Was being instantly frozen like this right, even when wearing a Ring of Regeneration?

In a recent First Edition Advanced D&D campaign we were running through the character fought with a Frost Giant deity. The Frost Giant rolled a critical hit on the character and dealt a massive ...
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My Paladin's AC seems way too good. Did I do something wrong?

It's been a couple of decades since my pal and I played first edition AD&D. We recently rolled characters for a new game, but I'm not entirely certain I did my human Paladin's armour class right; ...
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How does one pronounce Strahd von Zarovich?

I'm running the AD&D module "Ravenloft," and I was wondering how I should pronounce the name of the main character, Count Strahd von Zarovich. Is his first name pronounced "strahd," or "strad?" ...
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How does Wall of Fire react in a tunnel system?

We came across an issue in our game last night. We were ambushed in a system of tunnels and chambers, with monsters approaching from two directions. The druid wanted to cast a Wall of Fire in a 30 ...
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Why were AD&D modules designed for so many player characters?

Recently I've been looking through AD&D modules for session ideas. Something I've noticed is that many of the modules were designed for more player characters than I've generally seen in one ...
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How to keep an upset player in the group? [closed]

First of all: Sorry for my bad english... Long question short: What can I do to keep a player in my group who is upset with my campaign? His character was captured by the group because they thought ...
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How do I determine this monster's HP if I'm only given its HD?

The Hungry Coffin homebrew monster from Goblin Punch states the following: Hungry Coffin HD 6 AC 14 Slam 2d6 or 2d8 Swallow 1d6 + swallow Fly 9 Int 5 Morale 12 It says the Hungry Coffin has ...
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Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?

I'm hoping to run a 5th Edition version of the original S1 Tomb of Horrors very soon for my group, as a break from our larger 4E campaign. The problem is, I only have the Basic Rules and the playtest ...
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How can I design a balanced hybrid race as the offspring of a gnome and halfling?

Assuming a gnome and a halfling could interbreed, what race would the child be? If a half-gnome/half-halfling instead of just one or the other, what traits would the child have? Are there any ...
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Are there maximums for stats (such as by class)?

It has been a long time since I played D&D, and my neighbors and I just started back up with AD&D. While we were rolling characters something crazy happened: we had 16s, 17's, and 18's. The ...
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Ways to limit the power and overuse of Phantasmal Force

I've been DMing 1st edition for about 12 years now, and while I've experimented with different editions I always go back to 1st. Over the years DMing I have written a number of my own house rules to ...
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Can you attack multiple targets when you have a rate of fire greater than 1?

I'm DMing a campaign with OSRIC as the base rules and 1e AD&D as secondary rules where needed. One of our characters is using a bow that the rules say has a rate of fire of 2. I'm looking for a ...
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The Remorhaz in the Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl

In room 28 of the first level there is a Remorhaz with 58 hit points. How many hit dice does it has? The AD&D Monster Manual says 7 to 14 HD. It definitely not 7 HD (d8 x 7 = max of 56).
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How can the Rod of Seven parts turn a player to Lawful Stupid without it becoming unfun for the other players?

I've been going through the Rod of Seven Parts adventure/source book, and it's a fun read. The side effects of the Rod are mighty interesting to read, but it makes me wonder how assembling it would ...
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What Information Can I Use If I Want To Publish My Own D&D 5e Module?

I intend to write a D&D module and publish it under the OGL (I know 5e itself isn't OGL, see note below) for use with both D&D 5e and AD&D. I know there are areas where I can't draw ...
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Where can I find pre-published AD&D modules/adventures? [closed]

I will soon be running a AD&D first edition adventure with a group of friends. AD&D is very new to me, so I am not completely comfortable with the system, and I have little time to prepare an ...
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Targeting a Ship with the Darkness Spell

The AD&D 1e darkness spell description states that its area of effect is a 1 1/2" radius globe that can targeted on a spot up to 1"/level of the caster (PHB 69). Usually this is no problem to ...
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Can the write spell copy maps or pictures?

Can write be used to copy maps or pictures of a non-magical nature?
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Are you immune to the fear generated by a creature after your first successful save?

We're playing an AD&D 1e campaign and this came up over the weekend: are you immune to fear after your first successful save against it? In the end I capitulated to 3E precedents suggested by the ...
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How does a regular sized helm interact with vision and head armour?

The AD&D DMG states that wearing a 'great helm' gives the head an armour class of 1, along with limiting the field of vision of the wearer to 60 degrees. But it does not specify (at least, I ...
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How does the 1st edition D&D Color Spray spell work

I am just starting an illusionist in a first edition game, and the GM has given me this spell. I am confused about how it works. Let me quote the text Explanation/Description: Upon casting this ...
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AD&D/2e: how do you play a PC that's from a NPC race?

Are there supplemental rules in AD&D 1e or 2e for playing a PC who's a NPC race -- say a kobold or a goblin? The PHB does not speak to this topic, unlike the 3.x SRD. P.S. I know it's possible ...
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Level advancement and continuation in Temple of Elemental Evil, Scourge of the Slave Lords and Queen of the Spiders

I recently started DMing the Temple of Elemental Evil (ToEE) but in 3.5 edition. My thought is to continue with the Scourge of the Slave Lords (SotSL) and finish with Queen of the Spiders (QotS). ...
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Which issue of Dragon magazine had a chart for volleys of arrows?

I remember a chart in Dragon magazine for rolling to see how many archers using massed volley fire hit a single target, based on their attack bonus and the target's AC. The chart was in groups of 25 ...
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What's the name of the AD&D module with the parasitic worms in the rubble?

I'm trying to remember a module, AD&D I'm fairly certain. They had a listing of rooms and what was there. A few of the rooms had rubble in them which could be searched for treasure with one of ...
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How rare are these miniature AD&D books?

I bought a box lot of some items (Board Games) I collect at an auction recently and in the box was another box full of D&D stuff. I gave the figures to a relative who plays the game but he wasn't ...
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What character creation method did Gary Gygax prefer?

Having recently acquired the AD&D core rulebooks, I would like to soon run an AD&D adventure, and am interested to do so the ''Gygax way'', starting with character creation. For that matter, I ...
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Does haste trump first strike, or vice versa?

I've added a new enchantment to my AD&D game based on the "first strike" ability from Magic: The Gathering. It's simply defined as the ability to always go first in the round, every round. If a ...
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Is the dexterity bonus limited by armor type? [closed]

Is the dexterity bonus in the AD&D game limited by armor type? For example, take a fighter with a DEX of 18 in full plate armor. Does he/she get the full -4 to reflex?
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Basic, 1st or 2nd edition D&D adventure light on combat

I've got shedloads of official 1st & 2nd edition adventures - mostly TSR modules and copies of Dungeon and White Dwarf. I haven't read them all, and I haven't read any of them in about 20 years. ...
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How to run a D&D urban campaign

I'm currently in the middle of DM'ing a city campaign. I've found it's quite a bit more difficult than a dungeon. I have the city mostly planned out (type of city, the ruler, the districts, centers of ...
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Converting Saving Throws from AD&D to D&D Next

I'm trying to run the newly released Against the Slave Lords compilation using the D&D Next rules and I've run into a problem with converting Saving Throws. How do I go about converting something ...
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Written Example of Pure AD&D 1e Combat

I would genuinely appreciate it if someone could demonstrate to me here what an encounter using 1e's combat rules would look like. I have read ADDICT, but I am looking for more information. Could you ...
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What would be the weight of the Tome of the Unicorn?

Given the dimensions of the book: "two feet broad by three feet in height, and over four inches thick", and being its pages made of "polished plates of electrum" (data from Forgotten Realms Campaign ...
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Fate/Freeport as a first RPG?

I've kicked around the idea of starting some roleplaying games with my son (11) and his friends. I played AD&D when I was a kid (stopping around 1987, not sure what version that was). While I ...
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Starting spells in AD&D 1e

Where should I refer to finding the exact rules for the starting spells of magic-users, clerics, druids and illusionists? I'm not sure whether or not these spells start off ready-to-go or require ...
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Slavic AD&D Campaign Setting Resources

In the future I would love to play AD&D in a campaign setting based off of the mythologies of Eastern Europe, specifically that of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Similar to the idea that was ...
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Short One-Session Adventures for AD&D 1e? [closed]

My group and I are planning to play a simple trial session with AD&D 1e just to learn the basics of the game. We agreed that this adventure would not be connected to the larger campaign introduced ...
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Making travel time meaningful?

The party wishes to leave the village and go to the dungeon. This will require a few hours of venturing through a forest. How do I keep the passage of hours meaningful to the players? I want to avoid ...
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Advice for AD&D 1e without miniatures or tiles? [duplicate]

My group has agreed that we will not use miniatures or tiles to play AD&D 1e. Instead, we will rely upon the "Theater of the Mind" style gameplay. This will be a major change for me as a DM, as I ...
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How much are the players supposed to know?

My final question (for now) deals with the knowledge of the players of what is actually happening in AD&D 1e. Take for example AD&D's initiative system. I'm not sure whether or not the ...
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Keeping track of time in AD&D 1e

I notice while reading the AD&D 1e manuals there seems to be a heightened importance on the tracking of time compared to when I was playing 4e. I agree with this, I think it helps the game world ...
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The Mysteries of AD&D 1e Initiative

Out of all the concepts I have learnt in AD&D 1e, I find initiative to be the most difficult to wrap my head around in a realistic way. I understand thus far that combat is divided into rounds of ...