A staple of of early D&D is the "1 in 6" or "2 in 6" chance for surprise, finding secret doors, and so on. Recently, some of the retro-clones, mostly noticeably Lamentations of the Flame Princess ...
Traditional advice for making megadungeons in older versions of D&D is in addition to any rooms with Monsters, Treasure, Traps, or "Tricks", there should also be at least 50 to 60 percent "Empty" ...
In Moldvay, possibly Holmes, and the retro-clone, Swords & Wizardry, Clerics simultaneously unlock 3rd and 4th level spells at the 6th experience level. They advance from 2/2 at level 5, to ...
Recently, I've been playing quite a bit of a variant on the Swords & Wizardy retroclone of O-D&D. What our group has noticed in general is that high and low scores rarely matter, and even ...
What are the differences between Holmes, Moldvay, and Mentzer D&D? Also, which one came first?
When looking over the rules of a few O D&D retroclones, I noticed a trend: most backpacks are only listed as being able to carry 30 or 40 pounds. From what I've tried to look up though, people ...
Is Enchant Magic Item (a 6th level AD&D spell) is written up anywhere in the OD&D books, supplements, or Strategic Review? I am researching the difference between OD&D magic item creation ...
I want to listen to the following podcast featuring early edition D&D: http://robertsongames.com/dnd/robertson-games-podcast But I can't find the actual audio files anywhere. The podcast is in ...
We had an incredibly fun time with our first Swords & Wizardry session and are wondering why non-human character races have a cap for maximum level. For instance, in the core rules: Dwarven ...
At the dawn of roleplaying, the Castle & Crusade Society and Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association (LGTSA) focused on Medieval Britain, and produced the Chainmail tabletop wargame rules with a ...
Where can I find a complete list of every D&D book ever released before 3rd Edition? Is there such a thing? If not, can we compile a list on here for reference? I'm mostly interested in the ...
One issue with older versions of D&D that heavily relied on treasure GP is that characters have to become rich to advance so that by fourth or fifth level mundane equipment costs become ...
So I recently saw a couple copies of ST1: Up the Garden Path become available through a used game store I frequent. This lead me to wondering what exactly was it's plot? As an aside has anyone ever ...
For those unfamiliar with the concept semi-diceless gaming is only having the players roll the dice. It's used in Cinematic Unisystem and the old (and now free) game Legendary Lives. I'd like to ...