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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 would you stat a Chef Knife in AD&D?

I've been thinking about this a lot. Whenever I look at or wield a chef knife, cut bones, saw through frozen meat, or use it to split boards, I get the distinct impression this deadly kitchen tool ...
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What are the advantages of casting Flame Strike over Fireball?

Outside of the classes the spells are available to, what is the advantage to using Flame Strike over Fireball in AD&D 1st Edition? Many of the advantages I'm used to seeing later editions (mixed ...
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In Caverns of Thracia, where does the trap door in Room 20 lead?

In the original Caverns of Thracia, there is a trap door next to the statue in room 20, where the tribesmen prepare for their sacrifices. Where does this lead to? Do the tribesmen know about it?
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What is “Quest 24” in the Dark Tower adventure?

In room 1-24 of the Dark Tower adventure (the Goodman Games reprint of the original), the module states that Verus Vorum will ask the adventures to undertake Quest 24. The text is curiously bold, but ...
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Can D&D 5e adventures be converted to AD&D?

I'm always hearing about people converting the 1970's and 80's AD&D modules to 5th edition. Is the reverse possible and is there a PDF explaining the process? There are lots of 5th edition ...
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Who is pictured on the cover of Dragonlance Adventures?

Who are the characters depicted on the cover of the Dragonlance Adventures hardcover? The painting was done by Jeff Easley, and I'm pretty sure it's depicting Tanis taking the crown from Emperor ...
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Krynnspace two-way gold / steel arbitrage

This question reminded me of an old issue that came up in a campaign: is there any in-universe reason that the players, armed with a Spelljamming ship, couldn't make ludicrous amounts of money ...
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How do I use the encounter chance tables in the AD&D 1e DMG?

I'm trying to set up a campaign and I'm not great at math. We play old school 1e AD&D. The 1e DMG gives two tables on page 47 for chance of an encounter. The base chance of encounter depending on ...
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Which 1st edition D&D module takes place last with regards to the DR timeline?

I’m trying to find info on the last module for 1st Edition AD&D which occurs before Forgotten Realm's DR (Dalereckoning) years advance into 2nd Edition AD&D. I’m not trying to find the last ...
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In D&D 3.5, need conversion advice regarding npc lizardfolk divine caster [closed]

So I'm currently running a D&D 3.5 campaign that started with the old 1st edition "Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh" and is now about to start the "Danger at Dunwater" portion of the trilogy. I'm ...
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How much damage for throwing rocks?

This question applies to either OSRIC or to AD&D 1st Ed. The scenario: A human fighter with strength of 17 has selected "grenade-like weapons" as one of his weapon proficiencies. He carries a ...
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Has the floating city on the back of the Dungeon Master Guide ever been positively and officially identified?

Please provide a reference. I'm not looking for opinions based on what or where it appears to be, nor guesses based on clues in the picture.
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Is the ascent to godhood of this character from Dragonlance Legends in the rules?

Reading the Dragonlance Legends trilogy, However, since Dragonlance also was a series of D&D supplements as well as its own game, this sparked one thought: Is this inside the rules as presented ...
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Where are the details for this spell?

On page 803 in the Priest's Spell Compendium Volume 3 listed under Elven deity Erevan Ilesere there's a spell called Faerie Form which is supposed to be 7th level. When I went to the "F" section in ...
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I'm trying to find a module I played as a kid

What I remember is a dungeon crawl sort of module laid out as an inverted pyramid. There was art that depicted the builders vision of the souls travel to the afterlife. At the apex of the pyramid, ...
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How can a group's appearance be magically changed without the group noticing?

It's early days yet of Queen of the Spiders (1986), but in converting the classic adnd module for use in my dnd-3.5e campaign, I've already hit a snag. Here's the plot point, quoted for your reading ...
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Can a cleric turn undead repeatedly?

So it's first edition AD&D. You turn undead. You then attack the undead (they're cornered and can't retreat). I understand they can attack now, the turning being broken. Here is the question: ...
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What does the Necklace of Prayer Beads's 25% increase actually do?

The Dungeon Master's Guide for AD&D describes the necklace of prayer beads as making the wearer "25% more likely to successfully petition his or her deity to grant desired spells" (151). Twenty-...
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What is the maximum number of attacks given the below constraints for AD&D?

A former DM has had the same recurring NPC/GMPC since I started playing in his game. This was 20+ years ago and we started in 1st edition and slowly made our way through the years and editions. We ...
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Can a dragon use the Armor spell? [closed]

Picking spells for an ancient red dragon, I wonder if the Armor spell would function. It has no effect on "a person already armored" (AD&D revised 1stEd) but is a dragon considered to be armored?
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Can a monster cause a PC's alignment to change?

I'm DMing 1e "Village of Hommlet" and I think Lareth the Beautiful would enjoy causing the (1st level PC) lawful good cleric to become evil. Can he do this?
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How do I calculate DPR under my DM's crit house rule?

In 1st edition AD&D, my DM uses a system where on crit you do max damage and roll an additional die, i.e., if you crit with long sword you do 8 points of damage plus another d8 and whatever bonus ...
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How can I convert the AD&D “Bee” cantrip to D&D 5e?

It was recently brought to my attention that there existed a cantrip from the first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons called "Bee". In the original description, it reads as follows: Bee (...
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Are there published airship rules for AD&D?

I have some players interested in airships. You'd think these rules existed somewhere in one of the campaign settings or a Dragon magazine. Do any? I'm thinking of things like flight speeds, costs, ...
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Comparing weapons in Anydice with different hit chances and damage

Broadly speaking I'd like to be able to compare 2 weapons where one weapon does more damage but I hit more often with the other. I am in 1st edition AD&D and am about to go up against some ...
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Is there a character class in 1e AD&D that can identify monsters

I have been scouring my 1e rulebooks to find any reference at all to the ability for characters to correctly identify monsters. I had thought that Rangers had that ability but I was wrong. I could ...
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I need help with how to fill out character sheets

My friends and I got together and decided to play first edition AD&D recently. (My friend already has AD&D 1e and we don’t want to buy new books.) I've never played nor DMed before, but I'm ...
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How does Experience Point Value work on sold magic items?

I'm trying to make sure I understand this correctly. In the original (Advanced D&D) Dungeon Master's Handbook starting on page 120 outlines various magic items. In the value tables there is ...
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Which identical image appears in each of these editions' DMGs?

The just-for-fun prestige class conventioneer (or, if that doesn't work for you, here) that was posted on Wizards of the Coast Web site in 2001 possesses the special ability convention savvy. The ...
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Who is the elf/half-elf woman on the cover of “A Grand Tour of the Realms”?

Besides the (in)famous Gandalf Elminster and Aragorn Drizzt, who is the elf/half-elf lady on the cover of A Grand Tour of the Realms?
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How hostile is it appropriate to be towards a PC that upsets your character?

My character is now very upset at another character. What are strategies I can use to balance "My Guy Syndrome" with genuine disappointment? For some backstory. In this particular game we're a bunch ...
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Can I cast Shillelagh on a Bo Stick?

In Advanced D&D 1st Edition the spell Shillelagh reads This spell enables the druid to change his own oaken cudgel into a magical weapon which is +1 to hit and inflicts 2-8 hit points of damage ...
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How do I acquire Holy Water as a Cleric in 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons?

I've looked through the 1st Edition Player's Handbook but cannot find any reference to acquiring Holy Water. Is this something I can create as a level 1 Acolyte or does it need to be acquired from a ...
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What are the major differences between AD&D and D&D 3.5e?

What are the major differences between Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and D&D 3.5e? My DM is used to old school D&D and wants to know the differences.
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What were the names of the colored bolt spells of old D&D?

I remember hearing from people who played old D&D about a group of spells that were effective at destroying whatever they were aimed at. I think they were called something like black bolt, green ...
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What do jagged lines crossing a corridor mean on this old D&D map?

Looking at the map for area A and area C of I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City, there are several markings that are not on the legend for the map. In each case, a corridor is interrupted by a zigzag ...
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Is there a useful guideline to convert AD&D 1e monsters to the D&D 5e system?

I have a whole continent made up in the 1e (AD&D) system, as well as the 1e books and other 1e monster sources. A lot of those monsters are not published in 5e, and may never be. Is there a good ...
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Is it unfair to potentially kill a party member, even if I warn them [closed]

Setting up my first dnd adventure as a DM for the group I usually play with. I have an idea for a magic item which is powerful, but if used incorrectly will kill the user. The item will come with a ...
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What does '#AT' mean in early versions of D&D and AD&D?

In many early D&D and AD&D modules, NPCs, monsters, and other creatures are often listed with an attribute of #AT followed by a number. What does that mean? For example, from the AD&D ...
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Does the DM secretly determine initiative?

In adnd and adnd-2e, do the rules mandate, recommend, or suggest that the DM roll initiative for all combatants—including the PCs—and keep the results secret from the players? Note: I know that Gygax ...
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Where can digital AD&D 1e books be bought?

I am looking to join an AD&D 1e campaign, and I need the sourcebooks, too. Where online I can buy digital AD&D 1e books?
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Should I convert AD&D coin amounts when converting an adventure to D&D 5th?

I am working on converting the adventure "Against the Cult of the Reptile God" (designed for going from level 1-4) to be usable in 5th edition but I haven't been converting coin amount. It seems high ...
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Is it possible to mix oils on an object (or weapon) to have multiple effects?

I was wondering if it was possible (or wise) to mix oils. In one game I had oil of flaming, and another oil of concussive impact. Applying the oils, one after another I applied them to my character's ...
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How important to game balance is the class differentiated experience table?

I'm considering how to handle a game that is intended to bring a group of characters through a grand tour of D&D editions. I'm running into the first big question. When I switch between editions ...
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How can we kill Demogorgon with a single fireball in 1st ed. AD&D?

So I saw this on Twitter this morning, apparently in reference to the TV show STRANGER THINGS: Something that completely ruined my suspension of disbelief (scifi.StrangerThings) submitted 14 ...
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How can I stop my nightmare's hooves from burning everything?

My antipaladin's nightmare mount kept lighting on fire everything we'd ride over with its flaming hooves (e.g. shrubbery, commoners' huts, gnomes). While this is normally awesome, sometimes my allies ...
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How do I transition smoothly from True Neutral to Lawful Evil without disrupting the party? [closed]

In our current campaign, my character has oscillated between Neutral Good and True Neutral for a long time, but recent plot events have fundamentally changed the way my alignment works. The Short ...
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What is this monster's AC in White Plume Mountain?

In the original White Plume Mountain, How does one determine this monster's actual AC? In other words, is the Ring of Protection +3 already factored in to the listed AC of 1? This sort of monster is ...
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How long is the Temple of Elemental Evil (T1-4) campaign?

I was thinking about playing some old-school D&D campaign with friends, and Temple of the Elemental Evil came to mind as it is an iconic and well-received module. However, I heard that it is ...
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What is a rolton?

In 1999 I found a parody of The Twelves Days of Christmas to have a Dungeons & Dragons feel to it. It wasn't until I started playing D&D in 2014 that I realised it was based on D&D when I ...