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[AD&D and me] On the Origin of Races

September 28, 2011

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(previous posts in this series: one, two, three, four) Today we cover pages 15-18 of the 1978 AD&D Player’s Handbook. After the ability tables, the book gets deeper into what characters are about, starting with Character Races. I really wish Gygax had picked a term like “species” or something, but he didn’t, and it’s stuck […]

[AD&D and me] Strength through Charisma!

September 21, 2011

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(previous posts in this series: one, two, three) Today we cover pages 9-13 of the 1978 AD&D Player’s Handbook: Strength through Charisma! We’re fully into “Creating the Player Character” now, and after a brief detour into An Explanation of the Usages of the Term ‘Level’ (Summary: there’s character level and spell level and monster level […]

[AD&D and me] What’s this game about?

September 14, 2011

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Previous posts in this series: 1. Intro 2. Gandalminster? This series updates once a week, with new posts on Wednesday evenings. Today we cover pages 7 & 8 of the 1978 AD&D Player’s Handbook. That’s right. Two pages. Well, then! We’ve gotten through the foreward and the preface, which means of course that we have […]

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September 11, 2011

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A 7-minute story game of speculative history For this game, you’ll need: 3 people 3 notecards and pencils A timer In this game, you play the 3-man crew that hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11th. You are already deep in the midst of your mission to slam the plane into the north tower […]

Enola Gay

September 9, 2011

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A 7-minute story game of speculative history For this game, you’ll need: 3 people 3 notecards and pencils A timer In this game, you play the 3-man crew of the Enola Gay, deep in the midst of your mission to drop the Atom bomb on Hiroshima. The game will last 7 minutes, and at the […]

[AD&D and me] PHB: Gandalminster?

September 7, 2011

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If you don’t know what this series of posts is all about, start here! (this is post one, and covers through the preface). Well, then. I’m going to do these posts page-by-page. I won’t necessarily talk about every page of every book, but I want to begin at the beginning and move from there, mostly […]

[AD&D and me] pt. 1

September 4, 2011

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I’ve been interested in the cultural roots of the role-playing game for some time now, reading blog posts and the like, but only recently have I gone out and acquired some primary sources. The sources being, of course, 1st-edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons books, the ones with the original fuck-yeah covers full of demons with […]