Old School Mini-Megadungeon OpenTable Campaign

Join an old-school expedition to assault and explore a mini mega-dungeon in an ongoing open-table campaign! Survive and reap fame and fortune, die and your body will be looted by your comrades.

Beginners and those curious about old-school games welcome!

What's an open table? Whoever shows up that week plays. There's nothing beholden to any one player being there.

Rules: We'll be playing 1981's Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook ed. Tom Moldvay  and  Dungeons & Dragons Expert Rulebook eds. David Cook and Steve Marsh. For those not wishing to buy the PDF or track down a copy, Labyrinth Lord is free and is the same more or less.

You do not need a copy of the books to play!

Documents to Check Out:

Things You Know About the Dungeon (added 2/28/14)

•  Welcome to Gorgoroth (added 2/27/14)

• Some Things of Note (updated 2/1/14)

• House rules (updated 2/20-something/14)

 http://redvan.wikidot.com/best-equipment (i mentioned this in a comment below)

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  • john

    I had a great time everyone! thanks for coming out! I'll be posting the next event in a few moments.

    1 · March 2

    • john

      OR would have if the site didn't go down!

      March 2

  • Tony R.

    I had a great time! I'm looking forward to more dungeon crawling.

    1 · March 2

  • Richard

    Terrific! Can't wait for the next session.

    2 · March 1

  • john

    Hi all, I have posted an excerpt from Fromer's/Happy Planet, on the base town, Gorgoroth, to give you some sense of it. I'll have it with me tomorrow night, but in case you want to read it in advance, it's up there.

    1 · February 27

    • Tony R.

      Gorgoroth? Burzum? I love the references to Norwegian black metal! (Or perhaps Tolkien.) Any how, I dig the background! I'm looking forward to see y'all tonight.

      1 · February 28

    • john

      Nice! I didn't know if anyone would get the black metal references!

      1 · February 28

  • Michael L.

    Wish I could make it, have tickets that night

    February 22

    • john

      Hi Michael, Hope you can make it next time!

      February 22

    • Tony R.

      Hope to see you next time, Michael.

      February 26

  • john

    Hey all, I updated the House Rules document. After doing a bunch of reading of various blogs, I've decided to opt for a 1 silver piece = 1 XP model (or 1 gp = 10 xp if you prefer). That probably sounds insane, but if you look at Moldvay's recommendation that characters should level up within 3 to 4 sessions, and you account for XP loss due to PC deaths, this will go a long way towards that, without being a Monty Haul situation.

    1 · February 24

    • Tony R.

      Makes sense to me. ( as far as sense goes in a world with goblins and magic )

      1 · February 24

  • Ted S.

    Are you using one of the published settings or one of your own making?

    February 17

    • Ted S.

      In that case, my first PC will the the bastard son of the Priest-King of Yishkuria. He was begat from one of the temple harlots.

      1 · February 19

    • Ted S.

      I also meant to write that the PC is unaware of this...and so is the Priest-King.

      1 · February 19

  • john

    I mentioned this in a reply to Ted, but it's for everyone and i thought it merited expanding on. The game world outside of the dungeon is purposely left vague: this is a mini-mega dungeon campaign, not a hex crawl. That said, the non-dungeon world can and does add interest to the game. I typically have a lose and sometimes quirky approach to the game world. I also am a huge a of collaboration in world building, so if there is something you'd like to be true of the world, particularly with respect to the characters (potentially many characters) you roll up, please let me know. If it's not unreasonable, we'll assume it as fact e.g.. wish spells grow on trees is unreasonable, saying you're from a tribe that lives north of the Iron Dragon's Back, a mountain range on the island of Dumbledore, instantiates the barbarians, the mountain range and the island, and I have no problem with any of that. Maybe these things work their way into the dungeon somehow or maybe they're window dressing.

    February 18

  • Ted S.

    You say that Labyrinth Lord is "the same more or less". What part is "more" and what part is "less"?

    February 18

    • john

      The way LL refers to the categories for turning undead id by hit dice, while in b/x it's by name (skeleton, zombie, ghoul, etc.) Finally, XP to advance a level differs: in LL the thief needs 1251, but only 1200 in b/x, but Dwarves need 2200 in b/x but only 2187 in LL. Do not buy equipment using LL - LL (arguably rightly) puts a high premium on plate mail, and also adds a variety of armor choices. B/x has plate, chain and leather - and, absurdly, plate costs 60gp. But i like that fact - it's something I find charming about the system. There are probably other differences, but from a character generation standpoint, these are probably the most notable.

      February 18

    • john

      For equipment, i recommend the link i posted above, or I can scan and send the b/x sheet.

      February 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    id like to make my character at the site. is a cleric or paladin slot open. my lg paladins live in the real world with dented dull armor.

    February 16

    • john

      Hi Shawn, Moldvay basic doesn't have paladins - just fighter, cleric, magic user, thief, dwarf, elf and halfling (it's a race-as-class edition). The cleric in b/x is closer to the conception of a Crusader or a vampire hunter which isn't far from the paladin. To emphasize this role, the cleric doesn't even have a spell at first level. The alternative is to be a fighter and play a PC with a strict moral code of lawful alignment (only the three main alignments are present:lawful, neutral and chaotic). If the character lives to 4th level, we can talk about a quest for a warhorse.(I roll dice in the open and so PC death rate can be high because I don't fudge). I'll let the other players chime in about party needs!

      February 16

  • Ted S.

    Tony, we should make plans ahead of time. What kind of PC do you want?

    1 · February 2

    • Ted S.

      Tony, my plan was to go for a fighter, as well. What do you think about John's suggestion of having a logistical plan ahead of time?

      February 7

    • Tony R.

      We can figure out the equipment on game day.

      February 10

  • Ted S.

    Looks like we have a new person. Hello, Ally!

    I may also invite a friend of mine (assuning DM doesn't mind) when it gets closer to game day. She is not on AGG but Tony has met her once, already.

    1 · February 6

    • john

      Invite anyone and everyone! I'll run up to 8 players. AGG or not doesn't matter.

      February 6

  • john

    Hey everyone, if you're looking to kit out your characters and can't decide what to buy, i ran across this today: http://redvan.wikidot.com/best-equipment it's the prices from Moldvay, so it works for a price list generally, but he's gone one better and organized it into Best, Best Value, and Best Cheap.

    February 6

  • Brian H.

    where?

    January 31, 2014

    • Brian H.

      I won't be able to make any of these if it's at that mall. I get off work at 5pm+ and work up past Kennestone Hospital. It would take to long to get to the mall with Friday night traffic jams that I would be in no mood to game by the time I got there.

      February 4

    • john

      Sorry, Brian - i totally understand. That's the same reason I'm not running a game on a Friday night at Giga-Bites! Perhaps if I run an extra session at Giga-Bites on a Saturday sometime, you can join us!

      February 5

  • Ted S.

    John, will this one session per month?

    February 3

    • john

      My plan is for a minimum of one session a month. I might occasionally squeeze in an extra session if interest is there. Because of the open table nature of the campaign, it's not imperative anyone be there every time.

      February 4

  • john

    Sorry for the date changes, but I talked to someone at Challenges and found out that they are always open late on Fridays, but not always on Saturdays. The space is HUGE with plenty of tables, and the mall has a food court. So, Challenges it will be, on Friday Feb. 28.

    February 1

  • Tony R.

    Btw, I really dig your House Rules and "Some Things of Note" documents! I hope you don't mind me filching them for my games because I totally will. ;)

    January 31, 2014

    • john

      Thanks, Tony! Steal away!

      1 · January 31, 2014

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