Learn To Play 'Old School' D&D - Intro to 1st Edition (AD&D)
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1e on Discord, Roll20
About the adventure
"Welcome to the land of imagination. You are about to begin a journey into worlds where magic and monsters are the order of the day, where law and chaos are forever at odds, where adventure and heroism are the meat and drink of all who would seek their fortunes in uncommon pursuits. This is the realm of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Adventure Game." - Introduction from 'The Keep on the Borderlands.' Have you always wanted to learn the system your parents played? Are you a Gen Xer wishing to relive the glory days? Are you a 'Stranger Things' cosplayer who is also a method actor? Then I want to welcome you to my world! Join me as we learn the rules and mechanics of the 1st Edition D&D from the early '80s. This will be an educational, light-hearted adventure for those who have never played and veterans of the system. Of course, the best way to learn is by doing so we will be using 'The Keep on the Borderlands' which was designed as an introductory module for character levels 1-3. If this sounds like an adventure you want to join, then grab your gear and get ready to head into the Borderlands!
How to prepare
A good quality microphone (preferably a headset) is required to use Discord. I also strongly encourage players to use video during games. Games using video conferencing are usually more enjoyable for all parties, as video prevents misunderstandings and miscommunication. In addition, you will need (free) accounts for Discord and Roll20, and you might want to download the Discord client. All game materials (handouts, character sheets, maps, tokens) will be available through Roll20.
What I provide
Maps, character sheets, digital dice, and handouts will all be available digitally through Roll20.
This game is designed to teach the mechanics as you play so we may be going in and out of character throughout the course of the module. This also means that it may be a little more rules-heavy than you are used to. This is important to build the foundation, however as situations warrant I may make adjustments. Anytime I do deviate from a specific rule I will attempt to explain the correct way beforehand to help minimize confusion. I want to also remind everyone that this system and module were written during a different time and some of the terms and situations definitely did not age well. I will make every attempt to make substitutions that are more appropriate but please feel free to let me know if I overlooked something.
- Alcohol Use
- Character Death
Safety tools used
- Open Door
- Session 0
- X, N, and O Cards
How will character creation work
During Session 0 we will learn how to create characters using the 1e format. These characters will be the ones you will use during gameplay. Due to the structure of 1e, I may have everyone create a couple of characters. I will go into more detail during the session. All characters will be starting at level 1.
Players can expect
- Combat/Tactics: High
- Roleplay: Medium
- Puzzles: Medium
- Experience Level: Open to all
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