Old School Dungeon Crawl

Let's delve like it's 1981!

We'll use D&D Basic Rulebook (B/X edited by Tom Moldvay) with some modifications from Labyrinth Lord to take a short excursion underground for no other reason than to explore and get some loot.

You do not need to own or buy D&D Basic, I've run and played in many sessions where less than 1/3 of us had the rulebook.

Besides, Labyrinth Lord is free (the no-art pdf available on their site, you can buy a print copy on Lulu) and virtually identical. If you really want to buy one, the link is to a PDF. If you want a dead tree copy, check ebay. Unless it's in pristine condition, it rarely sells for more than $15.

The differences that matter most to PCs are probably the fact that I'll follow LL's lead and let Clerics have a spell at 1st level and we'll use the Thieve's skills target numbers from LL (they correct what is a flaw in the Basic book, where thieves have a worse chance of detecting traps than any other character class).

My intent is to test the waters to see what kind of response I get and whether anyone wants to start up a monthly old school meetup.

I'll leave 20-30 mins for rolling up characters (that's all it takes in B/X), but I'll have pre-gens on hand for those who arrive late or who need replacement PCs.

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  • Paul M.

    I had a blast. Thanks for running this,John.

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • john

    just want to thank those who played today. i had a blast!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Tony R.

    Awesome session with a great group!

    1 · November 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah had fun.

      1 · November 9, 2013

  • Ted S.

    I'm eagerly awaiting this! I got Holmes Basic for X-mas in 1980 but never really played it. The gamers I found were doing AD&D.

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I still have my Holmes blue book (3rd printing) from 1979. It has seen... a fair amount of abuse over the years. But it is mostly intact. I list the chits long ago...

      November 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lost not list. Back then if you didn't have dice... which I had no way to easily acquire then... You cut out chits and drew them out of a bag...

      November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know it is full but thought I would at least swing by in case a spot opens up...

    November 9, 2013

    • john

      hey andrew come on by, I'll up the difficulty a bit on the fly if everyone does make it.

      November 9, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Will we be using minis for this game? I've still got some I bought in 1982.

    November 8, 2013

    • john

      wasn't planning on it, but they can at the least be used for marching order (plus, I'd love to see them!)

      1 · November 9, 2013

  • Tony R.

    All of them sound good to me. I already played Tower of the Stargazer, but I don't mind playing it again.

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • john

      Do you have a copy? It's a great module from the point of view that it gives some insight into how Raggi would approach running it.

      1 · November 6, 2013

    • Tony R.

      I played it on a meetup a few years ago and I recently bought a digital copy on RPGNow.

      November 6, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Never played any of them.

    November 6, 2013

  • john

    i <i>think</i> I'll be running The Gibbering Tower on Saturday, with modifications (it's a decent little old school intro written for Labyrinth Lord, but there's some stuff my test group wasn't into. We're running it tonight with my mods). If you've played it, no worries - but if you've ALL played it, I'll definitely pick something else.

    2nd choice is The Dungeon of Akban (originally for S & W whitebox I believe)

    3rd is Tower of the Stargazer (originally for LotFP)

    Looking forward to Saturday!

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Paul M.

    All, check out :http://bundleofholding.com/
    Tomorrow they launch a bundle of PDFs of old school revival games.
    You can get a great deal.

    November 5, 2013

    • john

      Thanks for the reminder, Paul. I've gone in on a bunch of the bundles, there's no way I'm missing this one!

      1 · November 5, 2013

  • Tony R.

    I can't wait to play some basic D&D!

    1 · October 13, 2013

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