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Postby Ashtagon » Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:02 am

Just to clarify, this board is here to discuss rules questions related to both AD&D (1st edition) and Original D&D, which was published as a series of pale brown books.

Classic D&D (aka "B/X", "BECMI", or "Rules Cyclopedia") has its own forum, which is here.
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Ashtagon » Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:05 am

Original D&D product list (not necessarily exhaustive):

* Volume 1: Men & Magic (1974)
* Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure (1974)
* Volume 2: The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures (1974)
* Supplement 1: Greyhawk (1976)
* Supplement 2: Blackmoor (1975)
* Supplement 3 Eldritch Wizardry (1976)
* Supplement 4: Gods, Demigods, and Heroes (1976)
* Swords & Spells (miniatures rules for D&D) (1976)
* Chainmail (rules for medieval miniatures combat) (1971, Jeff Perrin & Gary Gygax)*

*This was the main large-scale combat rule set for D&D until the publication of Swords & Spells.
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Ashtagon » Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:10 am

AD&D 1st edition product list (far from exhaustive):

* Player's Handbook (1978)
* Dungeon Master's Guide (1979)
* Monster Manual (1977)
* Monster Manual II (1983)
* Deities & Demigods (1980)
* Fiend Folio (1981)
* Unearthed Arcana (1985)
* Oriental Adventures (1985)
* Dungeoneer's Survival Guide (1986)
* Wilderness Survival Guide (1986)
* Manual of the Planes (1987)
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Havard » Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:21 pm

Does OSRIC fit here as well?

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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Ashtagon » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:39 pm

Havard wrote:Does OSRIC fit here as well?

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Anything to do with the old school revival (OSR) gaming belongs in whichever forum the particular OSR rules set is designed to resemble. For example, Dark Dungeons is technically an OSR system, but it would be more appropriate to discuss it in the BECMI board rather than this one.

OSRIC specifically (http://www.knights-n-knaves.com/osric/) would be included in this board's purpose.
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby BlackBat242 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:37 am

Ashtagon wrote:Original D&D product list (not necessarily exhaustive):

* Volume 1: Men & Magic (1974)
* Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure (1974)
* Volume 2: The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures (1974)
* Supplement 1: Greyhawk (1976)
* Supplement 2: Blackmoor (1975)
* Supplement 2: Eldritch Wizardry (1976)


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* Volume 1: Men & Magic (1974)
* Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure (1974)
* Volume 2: The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures (1974)
* Supplement 1: Greyhawk (1976)
* Supplement 2: Blackmoor (1975)
* Supplement 3: Eldritch Wizardry (1976)
* Supplement 4: Gods, Demigods, and Heroes (1976)
* Swords & Spells (miniatures rules for D&D) (1976)
* Chainmail (rules for medieval miniatures combat) (1971, Jeff Perrin & Gary Gygax)*

*This was the main large-scale combat rule set for D&D until the publication of Swords & Spells.


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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby BlackBat242 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:47 am

Ashtagon wrote:AD&D 1st edition product list (far from exhaustive):

* Player's Handbook (1978)
* Dungeon Master's Guide (1979)
* Monster Manual (1977)
* Monster Manual II
* Deities & Demigods (1980)
* Fiend Folio (1981)
* Unearthed Arcana (1985)
* Manual of the Planes (1987)



Corrected:
* Player's Handbook (1978)
* Dungeon Master's Guide (1979)
* Monster Manual (1977)
* Deities & Demigods (1980)
* Fiend Folio (1981)
* Monster Manual II (1983)
* Unearthed Arcana (1985)
* Oriental Adventures (1985)
* Dungeoneer's Survival Guide (1986)
* Wilderness Survival Guide (1986)
* Manual of the Planes (1987)


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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Havard » Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:11 pm

Where does the 1977 Holmes D&D go? I would suggest here, as it has more in common with OD&D/AD&D than B/X and the rest of the Classic line.

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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby BlackBat242 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:22 pm

I agree... especially as it was specifically designed as a "lead-in" for 1E AD&D.
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Havard » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:55 pm

BlackBat242 wrote:I agree... especially as it was specifically designed as a "lead-in" for 1E AD&D.


Or perhaps we could start enough threads to qualify for a separate forum for OD&D and Holmes D&D?

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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Ashtagon » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:08 pm

Havard wrote:
BlackBat242 wrote:I agree... especially as it was specifically designed as a "lead-in" for 1E AD&D.


Or perhaps we could start enough threads to qualify for a separate forum for OD&D and Holmes D&D?

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Not happening.
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Hugin » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:21 pm

Ashtagon wrote:
Havard wrote:Or perhaps we could start enough threads to qualify for a separate forum for OD&D and Holmes D&D?

-Havard


Not happening.

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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Havard » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:46 pm

Hugin wrote:Thank you!

^_^


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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Hugin » Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:39 pm

Havard wrote:
Hugin wrote:Thank you!

^_^


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Sorry, Havard, I just think we have too many forums now as it is.
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Havard » Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:51 pm

Hugin wrote:Sorry, Havard, I just think we have too many forums now as it is.


Ah, okay. I can see that. I thought it was something specific against an OD&D Forum :)

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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Ashtagon » Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:37 pm

Havard wrote:
Hugin wrote:Sorry, Havard, I just think we have too many forums now as it is.


Ah, okay. I can see that. I thought it was something specific against an OD&D Forum :)

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My issue is that quite often these "let's start enough threads to justify a forum" create artificial levels of interest. They peak at just high enough to justify making the forum, then relevant posts rapidly drop to almost nothing, creating a forum that is essentially dead, but which I can't justify removing and remerging. I'd prefer teh interest be real rather than artificially generated, but realistically with such an old rules set, that won't happen.
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Havard » Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:04 pm

Ashtagon wrote:My issue is that quite often these "let's start enough threads to justify a forum" create artificial levels of interest. They peak at just high enough to justify making the forum, then relevant posts rapidly drop to almost nothing, creating a forum that is essentially dead, but which I can't justify removing and remerging. I'd prefer teh interest be real rather than artificially generated, but realistically with such an old rules set, that won't happen.


You have a very good point here. I agree about artifically generated interest spawning new forums is a bad idea. I wouldnt be so sure that the old age of OD&D (1974 edition) is small though. There is a lot of discussion of this particular ruleset on the blogopshere and on various more "old school" oriented forums. The advantage OD&D has is that it stands out as very different from the WotC era editions.

Whether this interest exists here is another matter of course. Currently I would say no, or someone had started a discussion about it earlier.

Holmes D&D is a different matter, since it is little more than an intro set, with the level range limited to 1st-3rd.

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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby BlackBat242 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:22 am

Still, the overall interest level for OD&D on The Piazza is pretty low... and since the same really could be said for 1E AD&D (despite it being my preferred version), I see no problem with both (and their hybrid offspring, Holmes D&D) being in the same sub-forum.

However, a re-naming to better clarify the content might be in order.

Perhaps something like: Gygax's D&D: From Men & Magic to Unearthed Arcana; OD&D, Holmes, & AD&D 1E
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Giant Space Hamster » Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:17 pm

BlackBat242 wrote:Perhaps something like: Gygax's D&D: From Men & Magic to Unearthed Arcana; OD&D, Holmes, & AD&D 1E


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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Angel Tarragon » Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:40 pm

Giant Space Hamster wrote:
BlackBat242 wrote:Perhaps something like: Gygax's D&D: From Men & Magic to Unearthed Arcana; OD&D, Holmes, & AD&D 1E


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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Havard » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:13 pm

I think there is a lawsuit out there proving that this is not Gygax' D&D.

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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Sock Puppet » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:58 pm

Giant Space Hamster wrote:
BlackBat242 wrote:Perhaps something like: Gygax's D&D: From Men & Magic to Unearthed Arcana; OD&D, Holmes, & AD&D 1E


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I actually meant for the blurb to change, not the main title.
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Re: Forum Purpose

Postby Hugin » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:16 pm

Sock Puppet wrote:
Giant Space Hamster wrote:ADMINISTRATOR NOTE (by Big Mac): Forum name & description changed, as per Ashtagon's request.


I actually meant for the blurb to change, not the main title.

Personally, I agree with the intentions of the Sock. (Even though that sounds wrong.)
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