Category Archives: D&D Basic

On Introductory Adventures

My first real experience with a DM was with the adventure Keep on the Borderlands, a classic adventure that many, many players had as their first adventure since it was published with the introductory Basic D&D rules for about a … Continue reading

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Adventure Review – B8: Journey to The Rock

The 1984 Basic Game adventure for the Dungeons & Dragons system, Journey to The Rock, is an oddity. Written by Michael Malone, who only has one other design credit (an adventure in Dungeon Magazine #57), the adventure is surprisingly slight, … Continue reading

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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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OSR Adventure Review: The Mad God’s Jest

The Mad God’s Jest is an adventure by Shane Ward for four players of 6th level. It uses the Labyrinth Lord system, a retroclone of the B/X line of D&D, which makes it suitable for using with most 2E-and-earlier games. … Continue reading

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Adventure Review – B7: Rahasia

Rahasia was originally written and self-published by Tracy and Laura Hickman in 1979. Tracy took the adventure with him when he joined TSR, and it was published for the RPGA network in 1982, as RPGA1 Rahasia. A follow-up adventure, RPGA2 … 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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Designing a Basic Dungeon

One of the main tasks of a Dungeon Master in D&D is providing opportunities to adventure for your players. The process to create adventures can be very simple or very involved, depending on how much work you want to put … Continue reading

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OSR Adventure Review: The Tomb of Gardag the Strange

The Tomb of Gardag the Strange is a short adventure written for the Labyrinth Lord system (a variant of the 1981 Basic & Expert D&D set edited by Tom Moldvay and Dave Cook). The adventure contains seven first-level pregenerated characters, … Continue reading

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D&D Basic Review – B6: The Veiled Society

Released in 1984, B6: The Veiled Society is an innovative adventure. Its designer, David “Zeb” Cook, had already made several contributions to the D&D adventure line: Slave Pits of the Undercity, The Isle of Dread, Dwellers of the Forbidden City, … Continue reading

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D&D Basic Review: X6 Quagmire!

There are D&D adventures I am intimately familiar with. I3 Pharaoh is one of those. It’s an adventure I’ve read many, many times, and DMed on two separate occasions. Other adventures I have known only through their product code. X6 … Continue reading

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