Luke tells me D&D Basic Set (magenta box) edited by Tom Moldvay is the best. It’s apparently quite lethal – combat has distinct rules, like most D&D, but it’s not .. D&D Rules Cyclopedia is Mentzer Basic, not Moldvay Basic. Which set was “better” – the Basic D&D Moldvay set (the one that you could put in your binder, which came in one single book) or the later set.

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James Maliszewski December 9, at 9: Where Advanced Dungeons and Dragons throws the whole of the world in your face and expects mrntzer to trim it down to the relevant sections for your group, Basic introduced role playing as a concept, then expands upon it in the Expert set to include new forms of adventure.

Monday, 22nd June, Edited by Doug Stewart, it removed the tutorial cards of the “black box”, incorporating the material into metnzer within mentze single page Rules and Adventure Book. The Mentzer set was, I think, a better instruction manual on how to play the game and wasn’t spectacular as a reference guide, but that never seemed to bother us at the time. It looks like you’re new here.


Which D&D Basic Set is the best? Tom Moldvay vs. Frank Mentzer…

The Basic Set gave you the core rules. First there was the Basic Setalso known as the Holmes Rules, from its author. I’d create and publish this game system myself if I had jentzer

Dungeon of the Mad X&d. Originally Posted by Philotomy Jurament. Several websites have collected all of the known errata — so production of this volume would not be particularly difficult.

Umbrathys – Saturday, 12th August, Saturday, December 6, In Praise of Mentzer. Holmes offers dozens of spells level Advanced was the better game, they would claim. Newer Post Older Post Home. Assuming that there is even a “non-cheap” part of town i.

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I also used the mass combat rules to wage wars between nations in my fantasy setting. To elaborate on Otus vs.

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However, I’m no OSR expert.


Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, it was claimed, was the Basic set with the training wheels removed. I learned to embrace it, though, since SO much of the game is about resource management. So half their xp is lost. I was a high school kid with big dreams of game design and he was very kind to me. I prefer Moldvay’s more concise, traditional, straight-forward presentation.

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Dark Alliance Baldur’s Gate: In the recent months, I’ve fallen under the belief that 10thth level is about the apex of a character able to see regular play. The weapons all do 1d6 damage. Save Save Save Save. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Cowie ended his review by stating that “Basic is a lot closer to the spirit of the original game than is the rambling, unwieldy and sometimes pompous Advanced” and that “for one-off dungeon type games I would recommend Basic to anyone, beginner and veteran alike.

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