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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A number of people “monsters” are combined into the Human entry: All the mapper needs to do is to keep a sketch that shows all the intersections and locations of recognizable landmarks. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Which happens to be the same number the character can prepare each day. It still could have been phrased better like “the DM can decide that certain spells can not be selected or make suggestions what would be a good spell for the campaign”.

There are some truly strange critters in this edition that just never crawled out into the dungeons of other games all that often. It probably came with my Mentzer Expert box.

Tom Moldvay

Unlike comprehend language from 3rd edition, it doesn’t affect speech. April 11, at 5: To bring you those keys from the hook on the other side of the bars or to bite through a rope. In actual play it obviously takes longer as the players are considering other options, but the dice rolling itself goes extremely quick. Mentzer adds complexity, like skills and weapon mastery. Then the other group goes through the whole process, and any third or fourth group and the round is done.


The side with the higher result goes first, the one with the lower result second.

He approved of the fact that “at long last”, [12] a game company released a product that explains to someone new to role-playing games how to get started. A potion of healing works just like the cure light wounds spell, which means it also can remove paralysis instead.

Running from overwhelming odds is never treated as cowardice, it’s treated as the obvious, common sense thing to do when you have a mission that cannot afford to fail. And last there’s a couple of ideas where to put all the treasure and some traps. The differences are minor in the Basic ruleset.

Review of D&D Basic (Moldvay)

Different Worlds 12Different Worlds 34Dragon 84 I have a dark blue d12 from somewhere, too. There are a few effects that add a -2 modifier to the roll because that save is supposed to be harder than usual, but that’s it. At that speed you are covering 4 meters per minute. I was a high school kid with big dreams of game design and he was very kind to me. It’s nice, but still pretty big and I don’t like several of the games peculiarities.

It came in a red box and featured the B2 Keep on the Borderlands module. This let me use existing modules and ACs, while only tweaking attack bonuses a little bit. You could roll for them randomly, but then there’s a 1 in 8 chance that every scroll you look at is cursed. Oh yeah, and Green Slime is a mobile creature, not a hazardous dungeon mold.


I am pretty sure you’re familiar but It only reduces Strength to 3, which only affects attack rolls and melee damage. There is a short mention of the B-series modules, of which many have become quite a bit famous. Bless is a second level spell here and can be cast on everyone within 60 feet, but only outside of combat. Light A torch or lantern provides light in a 30 feet radius twice the radius of a light spell and the same as a continous light spell. It’s simply changing the name of “gold” to “silver” for purely aesthetic reasons.

Molevay first everyone has to have completed their moving for the round before those who want to make ranged attacks make their attacks.

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What I don’t like about saving throws are the utterly insane categories. I would always use the variable weapon damage chart on page B Starting with the fourth printing inthe two booklets of maps, encounter tables, and treasure lists were replaced with the module B1 In Search of the Unknown ; [2] printings six through eleven — featured the module B2 The Keep on the Borderlands instead.

If the target is running away from something because of magical fear, it gets a saving throw to end the magical fear. The snake can be injured and when it’s killed the staff is destroyed.

Mentzer took it a step further.