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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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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How does a Cavalier's Immune to Fear ability work in First Edition D&D?

In First Edition D&D, Unearthed Arcana 1985 made the Paladin into a subclass of a new class called the Cavalier. What creatures is "Immune to Fear" effective against and how does it work?
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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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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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AD&D scrolls and learning spells

Can a magic-user who finds a scroll in a dungeon take said scroll and copy the spell to his/her spell book so that he/she can prepare that spell in the future? Also if the character finds the scroll ...
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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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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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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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How to handle spell components in AD&D 1st edition

In the AD&D players handbook, many of the spells require spell components. However, there are no rules associated with spell components. So I'm guessing it's safe to assume that this is one of the ...
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How would I go about making an outdoor environment in dungeons and dragons?

How would I go about making an outdoor environment in dungeons and dragons? I would like to know what the rooms and hallways would be. I would really appreciate it if someone would help me. I'm really ...
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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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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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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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Brief Tutorials for AD&D 1e?

Simple question, are there any video tutorials available that run-through the basics of the mechanics of AD&D 1e? Or perhaps brief, succinct texts/discussions of said basics? I am finding the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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AC differences between AD&D 1E and Basic D&D?

I understand that there are differences between the way Armor Class works in AD&D (first edition) and Basic D&D (the boxed sets, Rules Cyclopedia, etc.), but I don't have the books to check it ...
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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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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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Do monsters need THAC0?

I play a mix of AD&D 2ed and 1ed and I need to know if monsters are supposed to have THAC0. I can't find the monster THAC0 chart anywhere. I only have the 1978 edition of the Monster Manual. My ...
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House Rules for AD&D Character Generation (1e+)

Looking at starting an AD&D game for a bunch of players who haven't played for a while and have never played together so there are no common house rules. To maximise playing time we want ...
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How do you calculate THAC0?

So, I get what THAC0 stands for (To Hit Armour Class 0) but it's not something I ever used when playing way back when - we just pored over the to hit tables all the time, manually worked out ...
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How many gems will fit in a bag?

In Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition there is a plethora of information on the value of gems, and their purported magical uses. But the gems are only ever listed by value, not size or ...
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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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How do you optimize in 1st Edition AD&D?

1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons gives its players a few strategic options during character creation, many of which are restricted by randomly generated attributes. With this in mind, what are some ...
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Methods for round-robin style DM'ing in AD&D?

Round-robin storytelling has been around for a while, and something I have always been interested in experimenting in AD&D with a variation of GM'ing where players take turns becoming the GM in ...
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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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Megadungeon or modules for a weekend of play?

I've been having gaming/camping weekends with some friends and we've only played Call of Cthulhu so far, using modules. This time I plan on running an OSRIC/1e game, and would like to run the ...
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How many spells can be cast per round in Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition?

I can't find a reference within the core books that states how many spells can be cast in a round. I do see how many segments it takes per spell. Can a wizard cast multiple 1 segment spells i.e. ...
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Recommended Blogs / Sites for AD&D [closed]

Coming back to RPGs after a decade or two out, it occurs to me that the internet is probably littered with people writing interesting and amusing things on the subjects. Can anyone recommend any ...
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Fate/Freeport as a first RPG? [closed]

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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What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?

I'm a campaign designer and DM with 20+ years of AD&D 1st edition experience. I've been "retired" from the game for over a decade, assume I don't know anything about 2nd, 3rd, or 3.5. Now I'm co-...
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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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How to reintegrate players who had their characters die in AD&D 1e?

Just wondering how it would be possible. Say for example, the party is level 5 and one player is killed in battle. What is to be done? Does he roll a character at level 5, or level 1? What are your ...
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

Background: I've been playing RPGs for a long time and I've been playing AD&D for years. I enjoyed both the original D&D and D&D3/3.5/Pathfinder, other than (especially) tons of other ...
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AD&D 1e and “Skill Checks”

I've been reading the Quick Primer for Old School Gaming and I have found it enlightening, to say the least. One of the issues it brings up is the use of skill checks to determine whether or not ...
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Most effective means of dealing with lack of players in AD&D 1e?

I am a DM who is going to be running AD&D 1e for my first time next week. I have a group ready, and I bought the newly reprinted edition of "Against the Slave Lords" to play because it looked very ...
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How can I let the players be what they want in AD&D 1e?

Allow me to explain. I am a new DM figuring out 1e for a group of players. Some of them have expressed their desire to play classes that are difficult to roll the criteria stats for, like the paladin ...
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How fast can sailing ships turn?

I've been rereading my 1e books for a campaign that would be set on a series of Caribbean-type islands with the potential for plentiful naval combat. Since I'm not too concerned about realism, the "...
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Infinite wish combo using 3 items

I was reading HPMOR and on chapter 3 it mentions some infinite wish combo in "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" using 3 items. The action being set in 1991 it can either be AD&D or AD&D 2nd ...
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Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu?

Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu? I have heard that it does, and I have also heard that it does not. Does it or not?
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Rules on Treasure Carrying

(Definition of "treasure" for the purposes of this post: primarily coins but anything which is heavy, valuable but not useful to the party beyond it's cash value and therefore not something they ...
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Combat-centric 1st or 2nd level adventure with a Native American theme?

I have played for quite a few years, but now I want to DM. I have a local area set up involving a small group of islands. I have already run a 0 lvl adventure, but now I want to follow it up. So I'm ...
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Where do I find the “monster level” for the monsters in the AD&D monster manual?

This is for The AD&D 1st edition Monster Manual. The Fiend Folio and Monster Manual II both give monster levels in the stat block of the monster and yet the Original Monster Manual does not. So I ...
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Where do I find the saving throws matrix for monsters in AD&D

In the Dungeon Master's Guide it gives you a matrix for character saving throws but I can not find the matrix for monster's saving throws, where can I find this?
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What is the speed factor of a melee weapon and fire rate of a ranged weapon mean?

In the AD&D 1st edition players handbook page 38 on the table weapon types, general data, and "TO HIT" adjustments it says speed factor, is this how many segments it takes to attack with the ...
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Good Single Word Instruction for “Command” Spell

The first level Cleric spell "Command" allows a single word verb command to be issued which will be obeyed by the target. What commands would you recommend / have you had success with? It feels like ...
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What does a Thieves Guild turf war look like?

Related to this question, what is actually involved in a turf war between a high-level thief character and the local Thieves Guild? I assume that Assassins are involved at some point. What other ...