Questions tagged [adnd-1e]

For questions about Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (a.k.a. "AD&D", "first edition", or "1e"), written by Gary Gygax and released in three volumes between 1977 and 1979. (For questions about AD&D 2nd edition, use the tag [adnd-2e] instead.)

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What are the missing proficiencies per level for the Oriental Adventures monk and yakuza?

Oriental Adventures on the class monk says [T]he monk starts with proficiency in one style of unarmed combat and two of that style's special maneuvers. The monk also has five other proficiency ...
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How can I be effective as a low level human magic-user in a boss battle against a more powerful magic-user?

First of all I'm a human magic-user level 2: Except for the spell sleep and charm person and some other spells that were useful for X situation out of combat, (Enlarge person, Mount etc.) I could ...
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What is the AC of a Human with 16 dex combined with the spell Armor?

The Spell Armor (Unearthed Arcana p.51-52) states: The caster creates ,a magical field of force which serves as if it were leather armor (AC 8). If the spell is cast upon a person already ...
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At what distance can I throw daggers?

What are the penalties for each range section? Where are those rules?
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How does weapon proficiency work?

This is my 2nd session of AD&D 1e as a magic-user, and I'm a bit confused I checked in the player handbook and I'm supposed to be proficient in 1 weapon at level 1 and I read somewhere else about ...
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How does the Sleep spell work?

I just started playing AD&D 1E, and I am trying to understand how the Sleep spell works. I'm confused by the table and the DM's advice: HD/ Number Affected up to 1/ 4d4 1+1 ...
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Making the first level magic user combat fun

A fighter gets to hit something every round. An assassin can backstab someone if they are really lucky with their Hide in Shadows and Move Silently. A cleric with more than 13 wisdom gets more than ...
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Assigning Monk Attribute Values

If the way we roll characters means that we can roll the six numbers and assign them to whatever attribute we want then there is usually a preferred attribute for the highest value: a Magic User ...
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What ability is needed for anticipating enemy actions?

I have a character that has an uncanny ability to be able to anticipate the enemy and figure out what they will do. He can watch how they array themselves for battle and intuitively know what ...
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How can I identify which AD&D books are for which edition, given the seemingly inconsistent use of logos between editions?

Recently I started googling out old AD&D books, but I stumbled upon very strange mix-up in terms of edition naming convention. For example, the Wayne's Books listing of a later series of Greyhawk ...
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What is the carrying capacity of a large pouch?

What is the carrying capacity of a large pouch, small pouch, backpack and so on? FAQ: Am I actually playing AD&D 1e: yes Have I read the rulebooks: yes
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Is there a standard frequency for wandering monster checks in a dungeon?

Is there a standard or default frequency for wandering monster checks in an underground dungeon? This concerns both dungeons of my own design, and existing modules either by TSR or Judges Guild that ...
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If an encounter is already underway, can an enemy who joins combat surprise existing combatants?

If an encounter is already underway, can an enemy who joins combat surprise existing combatants? Suppose the party is fighting some gnolls a few rounds in. A stealthy lizardman sees the fight and ...
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What is the standard dungeon scale at the table?

I’m reading the Caverns of Thracia and I see the maps have a scale of 1” to 40’ for the most part - that seems to be about 4 squares. My understanding is that in AD&D if you have a movement rate ...
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How fast do dwarves move when encumbered?

OSRIC claims that dwarves move at 90’. I’ve also read the claim that it’s unspecified in AD&D proper. My question is regarding AD&D. Do dwarves (as player characters) move at 90 or 120? If ...
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How much do silver weapons cost?

Silver weapons are clearly a thing, as many monster stat blocks claim they can be hit with silver weapons. But I don’t see how much they cost. So, how much does a silver weapon cost?
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How does a non-thief listen at doors?

A thief has a “hear noise” ability, but the cleric has functional ears too, and the thief is busy having been flattened by the falling stone trap. Also, the cleric only knows animate dead, not raise ...
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Grappling and overbearing creatures only vulnerable to magic weapons

If a character is attacking a creature that is corporeal, but only vulnerable to special weapons, say a wight or werewolf, are they able to grapple or overbear effectively? If so, is the creature able ...
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What happens to a multiclass character affected by level drain?

Suppose I have a halfling that's multiclassing as a fighter/thief and has achieved 2nd level in both classes. This character has the misfortune of being struck by a wight and loses a level. What ...
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Can “Oil of Impact” be used to improve Martial Arts attacks that deal bludgeoning damage?

Oil of Impact: This magical substance is charged with a powerful dweomer which has beneficial effects upon blunt weapons and missiles of all sorts, magical and non-magical. When applied to a blunt ...
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What are the hit points for a Low Born Cavalier Paladin?

In Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Unearthed Arcana, the low born paladin has to earn experience points as a 0 level Cavalier Horseman and Lancer, according to page 16. However, it doesn't explain how ...
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What kinds of Mounts can a Paladin get besides Warhorse?

I distinctly recall AD&D paladins being able to have mounts like griffons, dragons, and planar variants, but I cannot locate these rules. I'm aware Cavalier Paladins had some of these, though I'm ...
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How can a character detect lies?

In a campaign using both Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd Edition material, what methods are available to detect lies or sense deception, like seeing through a ...
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What does the “c.” listed under weapon length mean?

In the PHB, some weapons have a length that begins with "c" and some others don't. What does "c" mean in this context?
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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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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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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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