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AD&D 2nd Edition

Print-on-Demand versions of classic Dungeons & Dragons titles

Well, this is interesting! Wizards of the Coast and OneBookShelf have enabled print-on-demand for a initial range of titles on the DMs Guild. This is fantastic news for people who want hard copies of those older products. However, it does come … Continue reading

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A Short History of Monster Stat Blocks

Including monster statistics – stat blocks – in adventures is a challenge. The earliest adventures – the Giant adventures by Gary Gygax – listed the name of the monster and its hit points and nothing else. It’s a little hard … Continue reading

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The Original Dragons of Dungeons & Dragons

A recent question was asked on Facebook about why AD&D dragons had so few hit points. In fact, the original D&D dragons had even fewer hit points but, compared to PCs, they were god-like creatures. The history of dragon statistics … Continue reading

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Initiative in AD&D 2nd Edition

It is probably fair to say that the main line of D&D development never had a coherent initiative system until AD&D 2nd Edition came along in 1989. Gary Gygax was many things, but a writer of clear, unambiguous combat rules … Continue reading

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Monstrous Compendium Annual, Volume 1 – Armour Class analysis

This isn’t a very good analysis, and is not particularly deep, but seeing as I had the book sitting on my hard-drive, I decided to have a look at the Armour Classes of creatures within… Here’s the count of Armour … Continue reading

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A Historical Look at Armour Class – Second Edition AD&D

Between the Monster Manual of AD&D and the Monstrous Compendium of 2nd edition AD&D, there are ten years of the game being played. There were some notable changes in the new monster lists, with quite a few omissions due to … Continue reading

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A pile of old D&D books

Every so often, I get the desire to get a few more of the old AD&D and Basic D&D books and adventures that I still don’t own, and so onto ebay and online 2nd hand stores I wander… The results … Continue reading

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A history – of sorts – of my Greyhawk campaigns (part 1)

It began back in the late 80s, when I was invited to play in a AD&D campaign run by a fellow, Bruce, from a school I’d left and my brother still attended. Thinking back all these years now, I have … Continue reading

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The mechanical problems with Multiclassing in D&D 3E

With the recent flood of new classes from Wizards, the problems with the 3e multi-classing system have become readily apparent. Of course, these may not be considered as problems by all. However, the problems that the Eldritch Knight and Mystic … Continue reading

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