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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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What are the main differences between Basic red box D&D (any version) and 5e?

These are two editions I like and know well. And I'm at a loss with even where to start trying to explain the differences to someone thinking they're similar. The trouble is that every edition after ...
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Getting Lost in the Caves of Chaos

Player mapping as an assumption it was assumed that all games would occur in the "Theatre of the Mind", Partially correct. One of the things that has not translated well over time is a ...
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The Keys on the Borderlands?

One of these is covered, the other is not mentioned The key to door #3 is There's a locked chest in #5 and the key is The key to door #11 is For further reference, Door 37 is also locked and the ...
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In Moldvay's Basic D&D, should the Thief roll twice to find a trap?

There are two different trap mechanics presented in Moldvay's Basic D&D rules, the general one that uses 1d6, and the thieves' ability that uses d%. The reason for this, although it is far from ...
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The Keys on the Borderlands?

In the revised original B2: Keep on the Borderlands (revised, 1981) the key to room #3 is in room #5, described on page 15. The key for #11 appears to have been inadvertently omitted, not ...
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What is the typeface or font that is used for the text of the Moldvay Red Box basic D&D set?

The Moldvay edition uses Souvenir, according to the unofficial TSR & WotC Font Usage FAQ. For other editions, you can check there as well.
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Getting Lost in the Caves of Chaos

The key thing is to have your own map laid out beforehand. I ran into this problem when I was programming adventure games (Scott Adam's type) back in the day (Vic-20/Commodore 64 era). I created a ...
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How much should PCs weigh?

You don't need to carry alone The early editions of D&D were heavy on the resource management (see for example this answer to What's the point of long, empty hallways in dungeons?, in my ...
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How much should PCs weigh?

Just use real weights This is what we do in the Coup de Greyhawk -campaign. Real weights for people, real weights for items, to the accuracy anyone bothers to find out. How much can you carry? Just ...
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How are random encounters accounted for when tracking monster count in Keep on the Borderlands?

Monsters are drawn from the Caves and not replaced Your quote about the wilderness encounters truncates the relevant part. It says (emphasis mine): Nothing will bother the party when camped outdoors,...
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How were PCs expected to survive this encounter in Castle Amber?

The encounter is more like a very lethal trap. It occurs unless the PC's are either specially prepared or very paranoid/lucky. It's definitely not fair. Detect magic will reveal the chair-cum-magic ...
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How much should PCs weigh?

Since this is old-school inflected B/X I contend that referencing the real-world as a heuristic for making the rulings is appropriate. For carrying a downed character, I believe that referencing ...
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What are the main differences between Basic red box D&D (any version) and 5e?

Saving throws are still there in 5e, but instead of specialized saving throws (vs paralyze, polymorph, wands, spells, etc.) there is one type of saving throw per ability score. It's rather like an an ...
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Should Castle Amber be renamed Castle Monty Haul?

Yes, treasure nets XP In my 1983 copy of the Basic/Expert Rules, on p 11 of the Read This Book First! Dungeons and Dragons Players Manual it says (emphasis mine): When you find treasure in an ...
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What's equivalent to a wand of paralyzation?

The expensive way: Chained [Metamagic] (Complete Arcane p76) languor (Spell Compendium, p130) a 4th level Druid spell, is a Close-range Transmutation spell that causes a target struck by the ray a ...
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How can this Castle Amber villain be updated?

Best Option I Can Think Of? OK - I think I have it. It will take 2 spells, and two metamagic feats. Trap The Soul Stilled Silenced Magic Jar First she procures the gems for Magic Jar, and a ...
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What changes are needed to maintain balance if all classes use the same XP table in BX D&D/OSR?

Basically none. The number of times that the difference in the experience tables matters is pretty minimal assuming all the characters are always adventuring together. Every once in a while, a ...
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Is this rule in Castle Amber necessary?

I would say no, it is not necessary, in that I ran the module and did not use this rule... but I'm not claiming we played it as it was intended. A third level cleric going into this module has a ...
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Should Castle Amber be renamed Castle Monty Haul?

Forewords: it's been quite a bit since my last DM'ing (20 years at least), and I don't have my boxed sets at hand reach right now, so I'm going a bit by memory. First of all the answer to the ...
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Why do clerics need wisdom?

In short: because the other stats had already been taken. A fighter is obviously strong. A wizard is obviously intelligent. A thief obviously dexterous. So...now, you have someone intelligent enough ...
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How well are low level PCs able to defeat high level NPCs in B/X D&D?

A group 3rd- to 5th-level PCs in B/X and compatible games can defeat NPCs 2 to 3 levels higher than the PCs, and maybe even NPCs of higher levels than that if the PCs scout ahead, plan the engagement, ...
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How intercompatible are B/X and AD&D 1e spells?

It appears that they would be generally compatible. Sources Basic Rules Set Expert Rules Set AD&D 1e. Player's Handbook AC11 - The Book of Wondrous Inventions From examining a few low-level ...
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How well are low level PCs able to defeat high level NPCs in B/X D&D?

Success in B/X D&D combat is hugely situational. Parties who prepare for a fight and use their spells, ranged weapons and the terrain wisely can easily wipe out groups of enemies who are 3-4 ...
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Is the Number Appearing entry based on the stats of the monsters?

There's no exact measure, but in both Moldvay's Basic and Cook's Expert set, the text makes it clear that the general principle is that of balance: The Wandering Monster tables (below) give a ...
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How can this Castle Amber villain be updated?

The Binding spell has a potentially permanent duration and could have been used by Catherine to save herself from the calamity as described, with just three minor problems: 1) the binding spell is ...
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How can this Castle Amber villain be updated?

I think you can do this with just a normal ghost. A ghost gains "one to three" special attacks; you can choose just the special attack "malevolence": Once per round, an ethereal ghost can merge ...
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How can this Castle Amber villain be updated?

A straight-up ghost can handle most of the requirements here, as long as it never comes out of the ethereal plane. A standard ghost is going to be able to do a lot of things that are not available to ...
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Is this rule in Castle Amber necessary?

PCs probably need the conceit if Castle Amber is run as written and if the PCs are driven by curiosity and greed In this DM's experience with parts 2 through 6 of Castle Amber, PCs need the conceit. ...
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