Friday, June 10, 2011

Back to Basic

Lately I've been thinking about having an event at a park in the city where I live centered around D&D. A Dungeons & Dragons in the Park kind of thing. To facilitate it the game would have to be simple, possibly a classic module and likely require pre-gen characters. Ideally there would be some players that had never played before. As part of my prep I've been going over some classic modules and looking at the LBBs. As far as the OD&D books go I'm not likely to run my game with them, preferring the Moldvay version of the game. However what I did get around to doing was to print up a number of replica OD&D character sheets in yellow, green and blue. There is just something exotic about these sheets (front and back) to me and I wish that I'd have had a chance to play this version of the game back in 1982 when I started with Moldvay Basic (The group I played with were using AD&D rule books along with the Basic Set to run there games). In fact I didn't even know this version(OD&D) of the game existed until 2005. It must have been 1984 before I ever saw a version of the Holmes Basic Set and I remember at the time thinking that what the kid on the playground held in his hand must be from some sort of alternate universe.

Going over modules I'd like to consider running I got involved with B1 In Search of the Unknown. Looking at its fill in the monsters and treasure yourself design I began to consider using it as the basis for a side trek in my Pathfinder game. Originally that area was to be made using geomorphs but looking at B1 and its detailed area descriptions and interesting background story I think it might make a better fit. If i go this way I'll post the details on how I stocked it.

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