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    D&D General AD&D PHB, DMG, and MM tribute covers for Castle and Crusades books

    I cannot believe that I never noticed that there is a giant spider in the tree on the AD&D Monster Manual. I must have looked at that cover hundreds of times and only noticed the spider today.
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    OSR A Historical Look at the OSR

    Never played either system. I do know that Traveler's character creation system is...unique. As in, "Hey, I just died in character creation" unique. ;) Runequest is the one that anthropomorphic ducks as a player race, correct? Hard pass.
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    OSR A Historical Look at the OSR

    Yes, you are correct about the distinction between character creation vs. character advancement in Champions/HERO system. I was just lazy and didn't bother to make the distinction myself but the game still fails my Old School = simple character creation (or character advancement) test. As I...
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    OSR A Historical Look at the OSR

    I was going to upvote this comment and then, sadly, I remembered that EGG was responsible for most of the junk in Unearthed Arcana which, as I stated in an earlier post, was the death knell for 'Old School' gaming. I just died a little inside. ;)
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    OSR A Historical Look at the OSR

    It's funny but I was thinking about whether or not Champions (aka the HERO system) would qualify as 'Old School' while reading the OP. I LOVE Champions but in all honesty I'm not sure it would meet my criteria of 'Old School' as it violates what I consider to be a central tenant of Old School...
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    OSR A Historical Look at the OSR

    I agree with this sentiment 100%. I'm sure Tracy Hickman is a wonderful fellow but, for my money, he did more to "ruin" the game of D&D for me than any other individual. He started the beginning of the end and the Unearthed Arcana rules supplement put the final nail in the coffin on the...
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    D&D 5E Advantage, Criticals, and Fumbles

    I don't play 5E any longer but I liked the simplicity of Advantage/Disadvantage. The K.I.S.S. principle is a personal mantra for me and Ad/Dis aligns well with that philosophy. I hate both Crits and Fumbles. I agree that if you are going to use Crits you should use Fumbles as well but I...
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    Sell Me on OSE

    Remind me...why did you stop using the OSE ruleset in favor of Worlds Without Number?
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    D&D 1E Inquiry: How do fans of AD&D (aka 1E) feel about the Unearthed Arcana supplement?

    I'm not sure that actually opening the book was a prerequisite for it falling apart. I'm pretty sure my copy disintegrated just after a few side eye glances. Given how much I disliked most of the material actually presented in said book...maybe that was for the best. :D
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    D&D 5E Different Methods for Rolling Ability Scores (8-15 range)

    Roll 2d4 + 7. Which would result in a range of 9-15 so do the following... In the event a player rolls two ones on the two d4s (normally generating a value of '2'), roll a d20, if the result of the d20 is 1-10, the roll is set to '1', if the result of the d20 is 11-20 the roll is set to '2'...
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    Which Edition for a Megadungeon Campaign? Why?

    I never actually fully answered the OP but for my money, Original D&D is the most appropriate system for old school megadungeons (even though I never played ODD) and as Swords & Wizardry is just the modern, cleaned up version of ODD, it would probably be my personal selection.
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    Which Edition for a Megadungeon Campaign? Why?

    Interestingly, I believe megadungeons actually are the campaign best suited for MORE lethal systems like ODD, B/X and AD&D. There isn't (or at least shouldn't be IMO) a "story" for a megadungeon so it is perfectly acceptable for a group to roll up an entirely new party because there is no long...
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    What are your unpopular geek opinions?

    I just finished watching the original Star Wars trilogy and realized that I have a few opinions about the Star Wars "saga" that probably don't "fit the mold" in relation to most Star Wars fans. So naturally, I wanted to air those opinions for your amusement/ridicule/internet slap fighting! ;)...
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    D&D Older Editions

    This. I was really pleased to see this new sub-forum so that I can more easily find the thread topics of greater interest to me as someone who prefers the older editions (B/X and 1E) of the game. NOTE: One thing that I did notice is that this forum cannot be directly reached via the "forum...
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    D&D 5E A Slower Caster Spell Progression and other Suggestions

    I should point out that all of the changes I would like to see to magic in game would go hand in hand with a refocusing of the game on exploration and other non-combat activities. In TSR-era D&D combat was generally to be eschewed as it was so deadly and unpredictable. WotC has made combat...
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