D&D review: 1974


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paqman

First Post
Funny

I Like the ... but at 3.50 each are priced rather high.

This guy would probably scream if he was able to know that they would be priced more then 10 times that today.
 


Henry

Autoexreginated
Dorn proves the important example: never adventure alone... :)

The funny thing is that people have proven that it is fun to play by phone, (I have done this), by mail (I haven't done this), by e-mail (nope), by message board forums (yep), and by computer game online play (again, yep)!

And my favorite is the part where he says it puts too much work on the referee, compared to the players...
 


diaglo

Adventurer
he didn't review my favorite thing mentioned in Booklet 1. a campaign should range from 4 to 50 players per referee. with a 20 players to 1 referee being the optimal.

they were referees not Dungeon Masters then.
;)
 

nsruf

First Post
I knew it, a game like that can't possibly work! Why oh why didn't they listen to this guy back then?

From the review:
The resulting mess in interpretations is enough to tax the patience of most gamers to the extreme.
...
The scope is just too grand, while the referee is expected to do too much in relation to the players.

Hit the nail on the head, that reviewer...
 
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Drawmack

First Post
that's great. The funny thing is I know a lot of wargammers and they still say the same things about RPGs.

Wow 50 people. that would be one hell of a chaotic mess.
 

barsoomcore

Unattainable Ideal
Okay, nothing is quite as funny as:
For those without gasoline to visit their fellow wargamers, or without a car, Dungeons and Dragons can be very, very interesting indeed.
Enjoy D&D more! Sell your car! Stop hoarding gasoline! It's more interesting! It's very, very interesting indeed!
 


DDK

Banned
Banned
In general, the concept and imagination involved is stunning. However, much more work, refinement, and especially regulation and simplification is necessary before the game is managable.

Which brings us to... 3rd ed. :)
 

Arnold Hendrick?

I wonder if it is the same as the game designer Arnold Hendrick who created i.a. Darklands (one of the great CRPGs, IMHO, and one I'd like to see updated), and worked together with Sid Meier at Microprose...

*googles*

Perhaps it is; this is what a Darklands FAQ has to say about him:

"What do we know about Arnold Hendrick, the designer of DARKLANDS?

Before he designed games for Microprose, Arnold Hendrick designed a few role-playing games. Of note: BARBARIAN PRINCE, a paragraph adventure boardgame from DWARFSTAR (1981) and TRIREME from Avalon Hill (Redesign and Development). "

I guess he decided to give it a go? ;)
 

Breakdaddy

First Post
I am old, and this "rocksors my boXorz" in the common(?) parlance. I remember strategic review and the very first issue of Dragon Mag. This is way cool, thanks for finding it!
 

JeffB

Legend
barsoomcore said:
Okay, nothing is quite as funny as:
Enjoy D&D more! Sell your car! Stop hoarding gasoline! It's more interesting! It's very, very interesting indeed!

I think you have to remember that at the time this was written the Gas "Crunch" of the mid 70's was in full swing.....Gas lines were insanely long, you could only buy gas on certain days, prices were astronomical, etc.
 


Henry

Autoexreginated
diaglo said:
no, it brings the reviewer to :) :) :) :) ed.

some of us still prefer the Original (1974) D&D. :D

...and yet still play 3E regularly. :D


Yes, I know, you still haven't yet converted your group to the true heir to the crown, but admit it - you still have some fun with the impure, deviant, and corrosive thing that is 3E, don't you? :)
 



Eben

First Post
Glad you liked it.

Does anyone know where other stuff like this might be found? It would be great to have a sort of "history of D&D" section on these pages.
 

HiLiphNY

Explorer
Eben said:
Glad you liked it.

Does anyone know where other stuff like this might be found? It would be great to have a sort of "history of D&D" section on these pages.

www.acaeum.com

Well, not really a site of historical story telling or parly, yet it is interesting to leaf through all the various priducts. I.e., what is your D&D old gear net worth!
 

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