Friday, August 11, 2017

Satanic Panic and the AD&D Player's Handbook

So today, just for the heck of it, I read the "Foreword" to the first-edition Player's Handbook. I came across this line, which I never noticed before:

"DUNGEONS & DRAGONS has become a gaming cult, as avid D&Der’s have ceaselessly 'spread the gospel,' enrolling new players in expanding groups which just seem to grow and grow."  (PHB, p. 2, emphasis added)

I had to laugh, thinking of the subsequent "satanic panic." I know this line didn't cause it. But I'll bet it didn't help either. :)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

AD&D Collection Rebuild Complete

The last pieces of my AD&D rule book collection rebuild came in the mail today.

Last time I posted about this, I had re-acquired the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, the Monster Manual, Unearthed Arcana, and the Wilderness and Dungeon Survival Manuals.

Since then I've picked up really good condition copies of Deities and Demigods, the Monster Manual II, and the Fiend Folio. The latter arrived today.

And that wraps it up. There are other first-edition books out there, but I didn't have them back in the day so I don't miss them. The old collection is reconstituted, a nagging regret is dissolved, and I have a nice new (or renewed) set of resources to pillage for my games.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tweaking Yesterday's Paladin Variant

Thinking about it more, the Paladin in my variants yesterday didn't seem sufficiently different from the normal cleric. I've tweaked it to look like this:

Paladin (Cleric Variant). The Paladin is like a Cleric in every respect except as follows. In weaponry they are limited to swords (one or two-handed), daggers and lances. They turn undead as a cleric one level lower (i.e., at first level they cannot turn at all), but they are entitled to one more first-level Cleric spell per day than normal Clerics, which they receive at first level. The Paladin must be Lawful in alignment.