Luke tells me D&D Basic Set (magenta box) edited by Tom Moldvay is the best. It’s apparently quite lethal – combat has distinct rules, like most D&D, but it’s not .. D&D Rules Cyclopedia is Mentzer Basic, not Moldvay Basic. Which set was “better” – the Basic D&D Moldvay set (the one that you could put in your binder, which came in one single book) or the later set.

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It came with dice and a marking crayon! Rach’s reflections December 8, at 1: This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Holmes preferred a lighter tone with more c&d for personal improvisation, while Gary Gygax, who wrote the advanced game, wanted an expansive game with rulings on any conceivable situation which might come up during play, a document which could be used to arbitrate disputes at tournaments.

Back then, no one had thought to flatten the points and they were like little caltrops. Xantherion mentzfr Saturday, 12th August, This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. War machine and dominion system were very useful things.

This set was limited to 1, copies and was sold by mail and at GenCon My first maps were of a town. Retrieved from ” https: The next section is “The War Machine”, a method for coping with large-scale battles, especially those in the campaign’s background. The Birthright rules were good, as I remember them, but they were a lot more fiddly than those in the Companion.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Clergy can settle down to establish a church and rise within the theocratic hierarchy Oh, and Moldvay’s individual weapon damages are from Gygax’s Supplement 1.


Mentzer is better if for nothing else than that was the later ruleset and the Rules Cyclopedia used Mentzer rules, as did almost everything else and it was available for about 5 times as long. Between andthis system was revised and expanded by Mentzer as a series of five boxed sets, including the Basic RulesExpert Rules supporting character levels 4 through 14[1] Companion Rules supporting levels 15 through 25[2] Master Rules supporting levels 26 through 36[3] and Immortal Rules supporting Immortals — characters who had transcended levels.

However, he subsequently moved back to the Philadelphia area, and for a short time during the s, he worked as the manager of a pinball arcade. Similar math, more possible outcomes. Begin by killing the minions of evil in the dungeons, adventure out into the wilderness, build and empire, encounter gods on the outer planes, then ascend to immortality.

For all the reasons they said.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. He’s also totally fuckin’ awesome.

Frank Mentzer: The True Master of Dungeons and Dragons

Yes — a limited edition Rule Cyclopedia should be produced. The domain management and mass combat systems in the Companion Rules are simple, straightforward, and abstract. It is easier menhzer reference. Castle-building rules are more detailed in Moldvay, but Mentzer details a base town and talks about running town adventures. However, D&v think the Mentzer set is better for someone completely new to FRPGs, especially if they’re going to learn the game, themselves rather than you teaching them.

Although, in order to win, you had to go through all of existence twice which would have taken at least ten years of regular play.

Frank Mentzer: The True Master of Dungeons and Dragons | HobbyLark

Careful about who or what he cares about. Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Last Jump to page: The point is simple: For a period inTSR experienced a dice shortage. There are differences in advancement for classes.


How Can You Jentzer a 3. And I find this not only sad, but incredibly disrespectful to the game’s history, Frank Mentzer, and the Dungeons and Dragons brand. One of the highlights of the show. In the comments section, I asked if he’d be using the Stronghold Builder’s Guidebook from 3e when the PCs wish to start a fiefdom.

Introduces quest for immortality. His wife became the baker while Mentzer acted as manager. Hole or no hole, he’s going to be broke in a week anyway. At Gen Conit was announced that Mentzer was the winner, and he was awarded a silver cup and a gold dragon chain of office. Reset Fields Log in. This is used to provide data on traffic to mentzef website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized.

I concede that I was young and almost certainly adding lots to the rules as written to make them work “right. Yes, he made saving throws and thief skills worse at higher levels. This operation eventually expanded to include three bakeries.

Frank Mentzer – Wikipedia

Originally Posted by Philotomy Jurament. Moldvay is like a fixed gear bike. PCs get drunk and burn the town to the ground.

The company’s first product was the science fiction -themed Cyborg Commandodesigned primarily by Mentzer based on notes from Gygax, which was published in Insect swarm and noble are moved to the Expert rules.