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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quick Thoughts From Behind the Screen - My First 1e Session in 25 Years



It's been a long, long while since I've run AD&D 1e even though it is the RPG that to this day defines my RPG Genes. Since I've returned to active gaming, I've played C&C, D&D Next, Blood & Treasure and Apocalypse World. I've run sessions of ACKS, DCC RPG and Ambition & Avarice.

Last night was my first return to AD&D 1e (with OSRIC coming along for the ride).

My observations?

I really miss my Combat Wheel ;)  I forget which issue of The Dragon had it, but I had cut it out, reinforced it with cardboard and even gave it a protective spray. I really wish I had that now.

The small, almost pocket sized edition of OSRIC is great to read, but hard to reference during game - it's the damn size of the print and my 45 year old eyes.

I think my solution will be to print out the combat charts and saving throw charts for ease of DM reference during the next session.

Other than that, we didn't have any real hiccups rule-wise during the session. Interface issues with Google Hangouts / Tabletop Forge? Yep, but we managed to work around it.

Play report to follow

2 comments:

  1. So many of the 1e rules just don't agree with me - too much micro-managing with stuff like weapon speed, segments, segments of surprise, did I mention segments in there?

    Playing 1e by the book reminded me how as a kid we played 1e by basically adding the 1e character classes and monster manual to our B/X rules set.

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  2. this link has wheels for S&W and LL

    http://www.jedmc.com/ixdd/2010/5/22/swords-wizardry-wheel-chart.html

    And here are some links to some 1e ones:

    http://mypantsarehaunted.blogspot.com/2011/08/1st-ed-combat-wheel.html

    http://mageofthestripedtower.blogspot.com/2012/02/ad-1ed-combat-computer.html

    http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/1234/addcc300.jpg

    http://home.earthlink.net/~duanevp/cc2/cc2.htm

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