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Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Havard » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:51 pm

Original D&D


Basic D&D
Basic D&D was a continuation of OD&D, but solidified things like race as class and returned to the pre-Holmes single axis alignment system.


Anniversary / Collector's Editions


D&D Fast-Play / Adventure Game
(Rules deviate from the rest of the Classic D&D family, but still does not carry the AD&D label and is not identical to AD&D or 3E.)


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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby shesheyan » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:58 am

Excellent idea ! My first box was Moldvay.

I wonder if the 1992 Dragon Quest board game was based in some way on the DragonQuest rpg TSR bought from SPI. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DragonQuest

(small typo : Missing an L at Levels 1-3 in the 1977 line)
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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Hugin » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:35 am

Great over view, Havard.

Wasn't the 1983 Basic Set by Mentzer only levels 1-3 instead of 1-4?
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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Morfie » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:13 am

D&D RC mostly collected the BECM of the Mentzer rules. The I part was turned into Wrath of the Immortals which isn't on the list.

Good spotting with The Continent though, I'd forgotten about that name! The Continent to The Known World to Mystara.
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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Havard » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:37 pm

shesheyan wrote:Excellent idea ! My first box was Moldvay.

I wonder if the 1992 Dragon Quest board game was based in some way on the DragonQuest rpg TSR bought from SPI. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DragonQuest


From what I understand, the only thing the 1992 game had in common with the SPI/TSR RPG was the name. I believe we have a thread about that somewhere.


(small typo : Missing an L at Levels 1-3 in the 1977 line)


Thanks! Will fix that! :)

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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby shesheyan » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:52 pm

Havard wrote:
shesheyan wrote:Excellent idea ! My first box was Moldvay.

I wonder if the 1992 Dragon Quest board game was based in some way on the DragonQuest rpg TSR bought from SPI. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DragonQuest


From what I understand, the only thing the 1992 game had in common with the SPI/TSR RPG was the name. I believe we have a thread about that somewhere.


(small typo : Missing an L at Levels 1-3 in the 1977 line)


Thanks! Will fix that! :)

-Havard


Yes we do. It took me a while but I found it : viewtopic.php?f=44&t=12355
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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Havard » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:53 pm

Hugin wrote:Great over view, Havard.

Wasn't the 1983 Basic Set by Mentzer only levels 1-3 instead of 1-4?


You're right, that was a typo. I have fixed it now! :)

Thanks!

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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Havard » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:55 pm

Morfie wrote:D&D RC mostly collected the BECM of the Mentzer rules. The I part was turned into Wrath of the Immortals which isn't on the list.


Good point. I have made a note of that now and included WotI as a separate entry.

Good spotting with The Continent though, I'd forgotten about that name! The Continent to The Known World to Mystara.


Indeed, I also get into the history of the setting a bit in my article on the history of the Mystara fan community.

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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby RobJN » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:56 pm

Havard wrote:
Hugin wrote:Great over view, Havard.

Wasn't the 1983 Basic Set by Mentzer only levels 1-3 instead of 1-4?


You're right, that was a typo. I have fixed it now! :)

Thanks!

-Havard

You're supposed to be clearing up confusion, Havard! :lol:
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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Havard » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 pm

shesheyan wrote:Yes we do. It took me a while but I found it : viewtopic.php?f=44&t=12355


Nice! I added this link to the chart as well for future reference. :)

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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Angel Tarragon » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:09 am

Fantastic thread, love this quick look into the history of the D&D and its early products!
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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Tim Baker » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:04 am

This is an awesome resource. Thanks for compiling it!
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Re: Quick History of Classic D&D

Postby Havard » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:27 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Since I included the Fast-Play Games on this list, I have added another one of those:



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