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Why would anyone kill a dragon rather than subdue it in OD&D?

Several reasons spring to mind: In OD&D, fighters did a lot less damage than in more recent editions. The magic-users had the most killing power, but didn't have any spells suitable for subduing ...
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Why would anyone kill a dragon rather than subdue it in OD&D?

One issue is that the players may not know that subduing is an option. Generally at the outset players had much less access to the rules and books than we expect now. Of course, dragon subdual rules ...
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Is this "Withhold Summon" feature problematic?

Looks useful and mostly well designed The immediate ways to abuse the feature one can think of is that one would shunt away a zoo of creatures, to then quickly recall them in a combat situation, but ...
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