Tom Moldvay was a game designer and author most notable for his work on early materials for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Moldvay D&D. Whereas Holmes’ Basic D&D was mostly a matter of organization and explanation, Moldvay’s Basic D&D also engaged in. It sounds like D&D ultra light, and who really wants to play that when you Moldvay (Moldvay basic) and also the Expert Rules written by David.

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Michael Thomas 9 2. No score can be reduced below 12 and no score raised above 9 that way.


When it comes to discussions or team work, a group apparently can only have 6 active members. There is no concentrating on specific areas and then having to warm up for three rounds to get accurate information.

It mostly does what you know, but it has a duration of 10 minutes. Why are clerics good against poison but not against paralysis? Want to captain or navigate a ship? Remove fear is weird and seems poorly explained. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Free meat shields for everyone! That stuff all lands where you stood while you can fly around. There are plenty of things moldvvay them that suck just by themselves, but they get a whole dozen or so of them at once.

As a forty-year-old I certainly can’t credit the dice as a “major difference. Dark Sun Dark Sun: Which was never the case in the 70s or today.

The snake can be injured and when it’s killed the staff is destroyed. And why “Dragon Breath”, how often do even encounter dragons? The only thing this spell does is prevent characters from use the scrolls they just found immediately. It beefs some weapons up to d8 and two-handed weapons to d10, while others go down to d4. Moldvay’s death saddened me in a way that the deaths of Gygax and Arneson didn’t, because I had met him and talked for a couple hours.


These are provided with three additional spells each. Did anyone ever force these writers to play a 1st level magic-user? An interesting case is when both sides roll the same number. There’s a helm of alignment changingbut since alignment does pretty much nothing, it simply makes the character a bit more unpleasant to be around at the most. Introduces quest for immortality.

Surprise and Initiative The first step in determining surprise is to check if it’s obvious. Detect magic is similar. Time and Movement Here we get introduced to the time unit of the turn with some more detail. Landholding rules and the War Machine. I am going to use these sections to share my thoughts on modifying the rules to work better for my own campaigns.

Let’s Read B/X: The Moldvay/Cook Basic and Expert Sets for D&D

It usually says what type of save is needed for every spell or monster ability, so figuring out which one to use isn’t usually that hard. What is common depends on the region in which the adventure takes place and foreign moldbay have to take it as bonus language for high Intelligence. For plate mail armor the penalty is There is also a small chance that the encountered creatures are happy to meet other people and greet the party on friendly terms.

Save against “Death” and save against “Paralysis” make sense once you get past those clunky names. Torches burn for one hour, which is actually and probably coincidentally a pretty realistic burn time for torches.


It seems like they were mostly blue, but maybe some beige or rose or something too. It only reduces Strength to 3, which only affects attack rolls and melee damage. If I would play a wizard, this would be my first level spell and then I’d simply play my thrall as my character until I get more spells. Except for magic-users, who for some reason first a better against wands but later become better against spells.

Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set – Wikipedia

The surprising side could possibly choose to leave without being noticed or hide in addition to the normal options of talking, waiting, running or attacking. The Adventure gives general information on procedures during adventures. But for the last year or two, I’ve become seriously fed up with d20 games and looking a bit beyond the rim of my own plate, I discovered that there are plenty of games that do so many things in so much easier and convenient ways.

Yep, this is true.

Review of D&D Basic (Moldvay)

Magic scrolls might be found in desk drawers instead of a coffer with coins, and so on. Wizards of the Dd&. Since the character sheets of the players change only rarely and someone needs to look up the tables when leveling up anyway, you really just have to convert the table to BAB only once.