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What do jagged lines crossing a corridor mean on this old D&D map?

Those are "breaks" indicating that the cave keeps on going generally in the same way for X feet (' being the abbreviation for "feet"). Drawing that all out would make for scale problems on the ...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

Don’t play chaotic evil characters like that It seems somewhat obvious so I was hesitant even typing this answer, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen questions of this sort crop up so I might as ...
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Making the first level magic user combat fun

While there might be some ways to make the combat fun for the mage, you are from a game design perspective trying to fit a square peg into a round hole: The magic user is not meant to have fun during ...
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How can we kill Demogorgon with a single fireball in 1st ed. AD&D?

So, this scene doesn't make sense in terms of 1st ed D&D. They are using some serious homebrewed rules at best but more likely the producers are just playing really fast and loose and using the ...
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Has the floating city on the back of the Dungeon Master Guide ever been positively and officially identified?

It's the City of Brass The Dungeon Master's Guide (1979) says Cover: The book cover painting shows an encounter between three adventurers and an efreet on the Elemental Plane of Fire. The fabled ...
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Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?

Maintaining the AD&D Feel If you want to maintain the AD&D feel of this module you have to keep the following in mind: it's a death-trap. I have played it, I have DMed it and I have spoken ...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

What is Chaotic Evil? Chaotic evil characters are unpredictably violent, and sooner or later they are going to turn on other party members with murderous intent. - OP This isn't what a CE character ...
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How can we kill Demogorgon with a single fireball in 1st ed. AD&D?

The only way to do it, with the rules as written, is to be about 100th level. AD&D1e theoretically allows this, since the experience tables are open-ended, although it was never something that was ...
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What does the "c." listed under weapon length mean?

As far as I can tell, the use of c. in the Weapon Types, General Data, and "To Hit" Adjustments table isn't defined anywhere in the Player's Handbook (1978). However, I've always taken that c. to ...
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

This question is very much about personal preference; therefore there isn't going to be a "right answer" or "solution." Here are my reasons for still playing: AD&D 1e is the last edition where a ...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

There are some excellent answers here, but to add to them: Evil can be a team player. One of the most likeable characters I've played in games was a Chaotic Evil kobold who was utterly without human ...
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What Information Can I Use If I Want To Publish My Own D&D 5e Module?

You're somewhat confused, which is understandable since intellectual property rights and D&D is a confusing issue. OGL The OGL is a specific license with specific terms. D&D 3e/3.5e was made ...
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Making the first level magic user combat fun

A Magic User’s early combat ineffectiveness is consistent with the design goals of AD&D 1e (And the easiest way to make combat more action-packed for a low-level Magic User is to play a newer ...
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What were the names of the colored bolt spells of old D&D?

The most likely origin of these is a mangled account of the Prismatic Spray spell. That creates a long narrow fan of seven shifting beams of colour, red through violet. You roll a d8 to find out which ...
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What do jagged lines crossing a corridor mean on this old D&D map?

That means the passageway is actually longer than the map shows. The distance mark indicates how much longer. Note that the passageways on both sides of the mark have the same basic style and ...
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Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?

Yes you can: it has now been published as a D&D 5e module. Tomb of Horrors is one of seven modules from previous editions recently released in "Tales From the yawning Portal" published by Wizards ...
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What were the names of the colored bolt spells of old D&D?

Nuts! No bolts! So far as I'm aware the spells black bolt, blue bolt, and green bolt don't exist under those names. I checked the Wizard's Spell Compendium (4 vols.) and the Priest's Spell Compendium ...
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How can I convert the AD&D "Bee" cantrip to D&D 5e?

Consider using the Infestation cantrip from Xanathar's Guide to Everything From the spell: You cause a cloud of mites, fleas, and other parasites to appear momentarily on one creature you can see ...
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How hostile is it appropriate to be towards a PC that upsets your character?

Discuss with the other player It is important that before having hostilities between your characters, you and the other character's player both agree to this feud. You should discuss what actions ...
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How to reintegrate players who had their characters die in AD&D 1e?

The traditional way of handling PC death in AD&D is for the player to roll up a new, 1st-level character. The bite of death is strong in AD&D, and the intention is that players treat the risks ...
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What does '#AT' mean in early versions of D&D and AD&D?

#AT means Number of Attacks per combat round. Sometimes it is written in long-form as "Number of Attacks", sometimes with the abbreviation "#AT". The example given is of a creature called a "Farmer"....
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How do I determine this monster's HP if I'm only given its HD?

Hit dice for monsters in both editions of AD&D are almost always d8s, so it's normal for monster stats to say things like “6 HD”, “3 HD + 4”, or “½ HD” with no further explanation given. From the ...
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What exactly is AD&D?

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is from 1979*. It's not related to Dungeons & Dragons from 2014 (a.k.a D&D 5th edition), except that it's an ancestor of it. Put another way: AD&D is the ...
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How do I acquire Holy Water as a Cleric in 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons?

The Player's Handbook lists holy water as available for purchase for 25 gp on page 36 under Religious Items as Water, Holy, vial. The Dungeon Master's Guide contains instructions for clerics on how ...
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

There are three reasons I can immediately think of that apply to new players - they're the reasons that my group started with an earlier edition of D&D, rather than later ones. Early D&D has ...
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Porting dragon subdual rules from AD&D 1e to D&D 5e?

Subduing in 1st Edition In AD&D (1st Edition), the rules for subduing a dragon were found in the Monster Manual I, under the DRAGON entry: Subduing a Dragon: An attack on a dragon to subdue, ...
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How to run a D&D urban campaign

Write places apart from their location You can make your dungeons apart from their locale. Perhaps you've written up an encounter in the catacombs of the sun god, but the party keeps walking around ...
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How can I convert the AD&D "Bee" cantrip to D&D 5e?

Using Infestation is definitely a good idea, but if you insist on making it a spell of its own for comedic effect, I would personally do something like this. Summon Bee Conjuration cantrip Casting ...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

Being unpredictable and violent are not defining characteristics for the chaotic evil alignment. Characters with those traits will tend to be chaotic evil, but there are a lot of ways to play the ...
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Why were AD&D modules designed for so many player characters?

For the most part, it’s the former: AD&D groups often had six, eight, or more people playing. When those adventures were written, tabletop gaming, and AD&D in particular, were extremely ...
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