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The only reference to creating Magic Items in the 1974 edition of Dungeons & Dragons is found on page 6 and 7 of Volume I (Men & Magic). In there it says Wizards and above may manufacture for their own use (or for sale) such items as potions, scrolls, and just about anything else magical. Looking at the level chart on page 16 of Volume I we ...
Found this in a 2009 WotC blog post: 1st Edition AD&D allowed for PCs to create magic items, but the #1 piece of advice given to the DM in this regard was, "Do not tell them how this is to be accomplished!" (DMG, pg. 116). Characters had to discover every aspect of the process through quests or trial-and-error. The challenge was so daunting for players ...
Tim Kask, first employee at TSR, recalls what OD&D was intended to provide to the wargaming circles that many of the creators "pal'd around" in... Tim Kask discusses the "original goal" of OD&D in a historical context (link takes you to the direct anecdote, watch the whole video for more context). Tim relates a "gaming story" from before TSR ...
There are also lists of D&D rulebooks and modules in the English Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dungeons_%26_Dragons_rulebooks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dungeons_%26_Dragons_modules
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