AD&D 1st Edition

Alright, I hate to derail all the hard work you guys all did getting ready for Eberron. Hold onto those characters we WILL be starting it relatively soon. However, in light of yesterdays events, it only seems fitting that we finally put on those old musty boots and trudge down into a dank dungeon in honour of the man who started it all. Originally, I considered running White Box D&D (the original original) much like Gary himself ran up until January of this very year. But upon further consideration, it seems more reasonable in this short order to play AD&D 1st Edition instead. We never really played it in the past, having started with 2nd Edition, but I think it only right that we play this one.

If possible, it’d be best if you all gathered at Carl’s to make characters (Thursday, perhaps?). The only books you will need to use are the Player’s Handbook, and optionally some stuff from Unearthed Arcana. I haven’t parsed through the books yet to pick out anything I want to avoid, but I figure we’ll use pretty much everything.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Level 1
  • Roll your ability scores using 4d6 (drop the lowest), arranged in any order. You must keep these scores unless the AVERAGE (add em all up, divide by 6) is less than 10, then you may reroll. I originally thought it was just 3d6, but this method is actually Method 1 in the DMG, much to my surprise.
  • Pick your class based on the scores you get and what the group needs.
  • Roll 1st level HP, take whatever you get.
  • We play until there’s a TPK or until the adventure is complete.
  • Disregard everything concerning races in Unearthed Arcana. Use all the race stuff in the PHB only.

I will see about making my own adventure for this. Dungeon map on graph paper and everything. It will be awesome.

15 thoughts on “AD&D 1st Edition”

  1. It’s like a dumbed down 2E for the most part…well i guess thats just what it actually is…lol…it’s all kinda coming back to me. 😉

  2. Basically. I actually kinda like that about it. There’s some elegance hidden in that simplicity. Of course, other things are still quaintly ass-backwards, like good ol’ Thac0 and odd ability score stuff, but we’re playing it as-is for a reason. 😉

  3. Character Sheet PDF

    Here are your replica AD&D character sheets. Download them, print them off, and fill it in with your character. I’d like a typed version of each person’s character initially just so I can see them, but during play you’re welcome and encouraged to use the printed sheet.

    Before you print, make sure to open the Layers panel in Acrobat, and turn off the “No AC Shield” layer and turn on the “Wtih AC Shield” layer.

  4. I also noticed that Saving Throws are not in the PHB, so here they are.

    In order, the numbers equate to: Paralyzation, Poison, or Death Magic; Petrification or Polymorph; Rod, Staff, or Wand; Breath Weapon; Spell.

    Cleric: 10, 13, 14, 16, 15
    Fighter: 14, 15, 16, 17, 17
    Magic-User: 14, 13, 11, 15, 12
    Thief: 13, 12, 14, 16, 15

  5. As for house rules, right off the bat we will be disregarding encumbrance, weapon speed factor, and armor class adjustments on the weapon table. We will also not be using miniatures or a battle map. Those are the rules that I’ve come across in my reading thus far. There may be more house rules later on, but no additions once the game commences.

    Speaking of maps, I will not be providing you guys with an updating map as you progress. If you wish to have a map, you will need someone to be designated as a mapper. 😉

  6. The should start next Thursday night. Hopefully Carl will have his new mic by then. Once we’re through with this, we’ll begin Eberron in the same slot in the same fashion of play. I would like all the characters for AD&D to be in ASAP, preferably by next Monday or so.

  7. It’d also be a good idea, if possible, for you guys to gather tonight or something and make characters together. Cliff will need to do it this way, obviously, and I’d rather not have anyone still making their characters come game time.

  8. Yeah lets not right now mess with dates. Thursday was always considered a good day so lets keep it there lol

    I will let you know about tonight (most likely last minute). By that I mean 6:30 ish. So if I get the wife go ahead for this night (all other thursdays are good) then I will buzz people.

    I downloaded the book from Curt here at work so will burn a cd and use at home. I have a spare work laptop at home. Maybe even 2. Why? Don’t ask lol

    Bell is coming tonight between 6-8pm to check the lines. Probably the house lines themselves are craptastic.

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