Side by Side

A Tale of Two Monster Manuals — 1977 AD&D and 2014 5e D&D

I enjoyed being a DM for my friends, and I’m looking forward to taking the reins again. The original AD&D Monster Manual was a great source of inspiration for many adventures — I’d pick the right Big Bad, create a dungeon or castle or other location, and then scatter lesser creatures around as needed. When I reached for the MM, my players knew something was coming… or around the corner… or hidden just beneath the water’s surface. The DMG and MM were all I needed (plus a few hours or more of prep time) to give my players a good adventure, and now it’s looking like I’m going to once again have a chance to create new adventures as the 5th edition books are two-thirds released. My original AD&D Monster Manual has sat proudly on my shelf, and now it has a neighbor… the new 5th edition D&D Monster Manual.

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Playing at world

A Little History With Your D&D?

Dungeons & Dragons is back in the news, what with it being 40 years old (Happy Birthday, D&D!) and the release of the new Starter Set. Hopefully this means lots and lots of new players and new fans. There’s a lot of history when it comes to D&D, however, and anyone discovering it for the first time might also be interested in its history.

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Basic Set & Starter Set

Old or New Version, D&D Is Still Inspiring

A few days ago, as I was pondering Ethan Gilsdorf’s article on D&D and writers and thinking back to those wonderful days before discovering girls, cars, and other distractions, my doorbell rang. Sitting on my doorstep was a small box. I couldn’t remember ordering anything recently, but it had my name on it. I opened it up and couldn’t believe my eyes — a friend had ordered a gift copy for me of the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (right, below photo) that was just released from Wizards of the Coast.

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Gaming Flashback: Top Secret

A few weeks ago I wrote about my move to my new office and a special shelf I set aside to hold some of my old gaming memorabilia. It’s got a mix of D&D modules and manuals, boxed games, and much more. I’ve been slowly going through boxes that I packed away years and years ago, and I’m still finding surprises. I knew I had a very special old boxed game buried somewhere, and I went on a mission this last weekend to find it.

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