Welcome to "Original D&D Discussion".
A place to discuss the original edition of the game from its 1974 roots.
OD&D Discussion has been on the web since Jun 22, 2007
:-) A special welcome to Robert Kuntz, who is now a member of these boards! :-)
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Please remember some of the greats of the gaming world who are no longer with us
Gary Gygax (OD&D) July 27, 1938 - March 4, 2008
Bob Bledsaw (Judges Guild) May 18, 1942 - April 19, 2008
Erick Wujcik (Amber Diceless) January 26, 1951 - June 7, 2008
Dave Arneson (OD&D, Blackmoor) October 1, 1947 - April 7, 2009
M.A.R. Barker (Tekumel / Empire of the Petal Throne) November 3, 1929 - March 16, 2012
Dave Trampier, AKA "Tramp" or "DAT" (1954 - March 24, 2014)
Gentlemen, you are deeply missed already.
Fight On!
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No New Posts General Board - 2 Viewing

You can talk about anything here

Moderator: Finarvyn

Sub-board: Announcements

1,401 17,756 How to Repair Worn Out LBBs?
by waysoftheearth
Apr 18, 2014 7:36:56 GMT -6
No New Posts Links & Resources - 1 Viewing

Here we can place good stuff that is not at all shady in nature, but will help others discover the wonders of OD&D.

Sub-boards: Ye Olde, Save or Die podcast, Classified

293 1,498 Save or Die Podcast 89: Save vs. Jennell Jaquays
by oldkat
Apr 15, 2014 16:10:33 GMT -6

Dungeons & Dragons (1971-1978)

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No New Posts Chainmail (1971)

Discussion of the historical and fantasy miniatures rules system Chainmail by Guidion Games and later TSR, particularly the pre-OD&D "Fantasy Supplement".

198 2,554 Using D&D PC's with Mass Combat
by derv
Apr 18, 2014 13:28:44 GMT -6
No New Posts Men & Magic (1974)

All things related to characters and combat in OD&D. This can be boxed set or also include the brown book supplements, Strategic Review, or early issues of the Dragon.

653 9,709 Crossbows and the ACS
by waysoftheearth
Apr 18, 2014 18:57:24 GMT -6
No New Posts Monsters & Treasure (1974) - 1 Viewing

All things related to monsters fought and treasures found in OD&D. This can be boxed set or also include the brown book supplements, Strategic Review, or early issues of the Dragon.

168 2,161 How are monster levels calculated?
by Stormcrow
Apr 10, 2014 13:17:50 GMT -6
No New Posts The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures (1974)

Discussion of the rules that guide the OD&D campaign. This can be boxed set or also include the brown book supplements, Strategic Review, or early issues of the Dragon.

245 3,477 dungeon level sizes in 1974
by gronanofsimmerya
Apr 16, 2014 10:13:56 GMT -6
No New Posts Judges Guild and the Wilderlands (est. 1976)

Bob Bledsaw's Judges Guild produced many TSR-sanctioned modules, including the City-State of the Invincible Overlord (in 1976). Here we can discuss any Judges Guild products, along with the various incarnations of the Wilderlands fantasy setting, including Robert Conley's "Majestic Wilderlands" camapign.

140 1,180 Locations?
by cidervampire
Apr 13, 2014 15:29:31 GMT -6
No New Posts Holmes Basic D&D (1978)

The Holmes "Basic" set was a rules re-organization inspired by OD&D and marks the end of an era, one step before AD&D. While Holmes isn't quite OD&D, it's close.

Sub-board: OSR Community Starter

252 3,124 The Holmes Manuscript
by Zenopus
Apr 17, 2014 8:52:08 GMT -6
No New Posts OD&D Study

This would be a place for academic study and discussion of the OD&D LBB from 1974.

54 875 The Fall of Shields
by Finarvyn
Apr 18, 2014 5:02:56 GMT -6

Gaming with Dave and Gary and Rob

Board Threads Posts Last Post
No New Posts Dave Arneson's Blackmoor

Here we can discuss Dave Arneson's original Blackmoor (which began in 1970-71) and the "First Fantasy Campaign", which was published by Judges Guild in 1977, as well as "Adventures in Fantasy" and other contributions that Dave has made to the gaming industry.

213 2,416 Analysis of the combat system of the Dungeon! boardgame
by gronanofsimmerya
Apr 4, 2014 12:31:54 GMT -6
No New Posts Gary Gygax' Greyhawk

Here we can discuss the various works of Gary Gygax, including his original Greyhawk campaign.

59 828 Hepmonaland and dwellers
by sirclarence
Feb 27, 2014 8:03:04 GMT -6
No New Posts Gaming with Rob Kuntz

Here we can discuss the projects and contributions of Rob Kuntz, both the new and those of yore...

49 586 Lost City of the Elders at GaryCon VI
by chrisj
Jan 13, 2014 10:05:50 GMT -6
No New Posts Gaming with Gronan

Michael Mornard, AKA "Gronan of Symmeria" is one of the few gamers to play in Arneson's Blackmoor, Gygax's Greyhawk, and Barker's Tekumel campaigns. I thought it would be fun to give him some space on these boards.

10 205 years of Man-to-Man combat...
by gronanofsimmerya
Apr 18, 2014 21:41:03 GMT -6


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No New Posts Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea - 1 Viewing

This is the original board for discussion of the AS&SH RPG, by North Wind Adventures. For additional AS&SH goodness, visit hyperborea.boardhost.com/index.php

Moderator: Ghul

175 2,676 Rats in the Walls
by Ghul
Apr 14, 2014 18:20:22 GMT -6
No New Posts Carcosa

Since 2008, this is the offical board for discussion of the OD&D style supplement for Geoffry McKinney's Carcosa campaign.

Sub-boards: Dubeers' Online OD&D Carcosa, Tombowing's Carcosa Game, Bert's Online OD&D Carcosa, Mushgnome's Chainmail Carcosa

235 6,473 Carcosa Errata?
by skars
Apr 9, 2014 16:37:21 GMT -6
No New Posts Fight On!

Here we can discuss options and ideas for the official fanzine of these boards -- Fight On!

Moderator: calithena

528 6,602 Erol Otus Art Challenge: The Winner's Circle!
by terrex
Apr 17, 2014 14:39:31 GMT -6
No New Posts Delving Deeper RPG

This is the official board for discussion of the Delving Deeper RPG, by BHP and Immersive Ink.

Moderator: waysoftheearth

Sub-boards: Waysoftheearth's Delving Deeper Demo Game, BHP DD Products

178 2,892 Summoning (How to make this work well in Delving Deeper?)
by idrahil
Apr 16, 2014 18:19:16 GMT -6
No New Posts Beyond Belief Games

Here we can discuss SimonW's game line, featuring Barbarians of Lemuria, Woodland Warriors, and several S&W:WB-compatible games.

27 427 Woodland Warriors
by simonw
Apr 4, 2014 15:52:56 GMT -6
No New Posts Elf Lair Games

Subtitle "The Creative Mind of Jason Vey." Here we can discuss Elf Lair Games' old school OD&D-style game "Spellcraft & Swordplay." Also, chime in on "Amazing Adventures" (pulp-era C&C through TLG), and even Jason's novels.

64 436 Coming Soon...book of magic and The God in the Dark
by thegreyelf
Jan 18, 2014 14:39:23 GMT -6
No New Posts Champions of ZED, etc.

The official forum for Champions of ZED: Zero Edition Dungeoneering, and other products from Southerwood Publishing, including Dragons at Dawn, the retro-tribute to Dave Arneson's gaming.

Sub-board: Dragons At Dawn

82 721 Announcement Regarding Future Sales
by The Semi-Retired Gamer
Feb 9, 2014 7:17:07 GMT -6
No New Posts Brave Halfling General

Here we can discuss general products made by BHP. Note that Delving Deeper, Epées & Sorcellerie, and X-Plorers have their own space.

Moderator: John Adams

Sub-boards: Brave Halfling's WB, Epées & Sorcellerie RPG

69 938 Has anyone gotten a boxed set yet?
by sulldawga
Apr 12, 2014 20:36:15 GMT -6
No New Posts OD&D Workshop

A Workshop forum where we can create new OD&D stuff to share, whether it be a magic item or whatever. Feel free to put your projects and creations here for all to see and give input!

316 3,687 OD&D & Pendragon Mashup
by Todd
Apr 8, 2014 10:04:25 GMT -6

Other TSR Classics

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No New Posts Warriors of Mars (1974)

Discussion of Warriors of Mars (briefly published by TSR), and how Mars can be used in an OD&D campaign.

79 893 Favorite Non-Barsoom "Planetary Romance"
by ritt
Mar 23, 2014 21:18:19 GMT -6
No New Posts Empire of the Petal Throne (1975)

Here we can discuss OEPT, the original TSR 1975 version of M.A.R. Barker's classic Empire of the Petal Throne RPG.

Sub-boards: Greentongue's Online OEPT, Edsan's Online OEPT, Badger's Online OEPT, Badger's OEPT Game, The Sequel, Humanspace Empires PBP Game

240 3,716 How much "Call of Cthulhu" do you have in your EPT?
by greentongue
Apr 4, 2014 20:07:17 GMT -6
No New Posts Boot Hill (1975)

Here we can discuss the 1975 Boot Hill RPG by Gygax and Blume, as well as discussion on blending the Wild West with OD&D.

50 493 More thoughts on a BH "clone"...
by Dirtskull
Apr 4, 2014 19:39:48 GMT -6
No New Posts Metamorphosis Alpha (1976)

Discussion for the original edition of METAMORPHOSIS ALPHA (James Ward; 1976) as well as the original GAMMA WORLD (James Ward; 1978). This is also a great place to discuss the new MUTANT FUTURE retro-RPG (Dan Proctor; 2008).

Sub-board: Capheind's Metamorphosis Alpha PBP

87 1,128 Metamorphosis Alpha 1E to return in Goodman relaunch
by cadriel
Apr 17, 2014 12:42:33 GMT -6
No New Posts Gangbusters (1982, 2012?) - 1 Viewing

Since 2009, the official board for Rick Krebs' Gangbusters RPG. Here we can discuss the original game and the potential revival that Rick has announced. Rick occasionally posts here.

Sub-boards: Malchya's GangBusters PBP Game, Max's Gangbusters PBP

64 764 Re: GangBusters News
by rick krebs
Jan 22, 2014 15:23:57 GMT -6
No New Posts Other TSR Games

Here we can discuss any TSR products that don't have a forum of their own, such as the Indiana Jones RPG, Lankhmar Board Game, Don't Give Up the Ship, Classic Warfare, Tractics, and more!

38 411 Top Secret (1980)
by randyb
Apr 17, 2014 6:13:06 GMT -6


Board Threads Posts Last Post
No New Posts Other Editions and Simulacrum Games

Here we can discuss AD&D or 4E or other non-OD&D editions of the game or some of the D&D-like games like C&C or LL that don't have their own sections. No flaming, please!

Sub-boards: Blueholme, 3E / 4E / 5E, Swords & Wizardry

451 5,062 How DW plays from the Tékumel thread
by gronanofsimmerya
Apr 17, 2014 11:25:22 GMT -6
No New Posts Fiction

Here we can discuss the books and movies that have inspired OD&D and other old school role playing.

Sub-boards: Tolkien and Middle-earth, Leiber and Lankhmar, Howard and Hyboria

266 4,208 Have You Read The Silmarillion?
by Chainsaw
Apr 18, 2014 19:37:24 GMT -6
No New Posts Around the Campfire

Sitting around the campfire and telling stories of the campaign you GM or sessions you have played.

Sub-boards: In Search of the Unknown Campaign, Adventures in Outland (OD&D+Chainmail)

103 730 Monday Night OD&D Sessions
by dizzysaxophone
Jul 9, 2013 2:01:29 GMT -6
No New Posts "Third Party" and Non-TSR Classics

Here we can discuss non-TSR classic games, as well as other "third party" OD&D products.

Sub-boards: Arduin, Runequest (1978)

176 1,727 Warlock variant D&D system
by hedgehobbit
Mar 20, 2014 10:04:06 GMT -6

Science Fiction

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No New Posts General SciFi

Here we can discuss any sorts of Science Fiction gaming and fiction, mostly stuff that has the same kind of philosophy that attracts us to OD&D.

Sub-boards: Stars Without Number RPG, Terminal Space, X-Plorers (2009)

122 1,368 space battles
by desertscrb
Apr 6, 2014 11:21:47 GMT -6
No New Posts Star Wars Original (1977)

Here we can discuss STAR WARS, with a focus on the way it was originally conceived in 1977.

50 468 so any one seen the ffg rpg?
by hedgehobbit
Apr 17, 2014 12:20:05 GMT -6
No New Posts Traveller (1977)

Here be space to discuss the original 1977 "Little Black Book" Traveller RPG and the whimsical fantasy game that does not exist (WANDERER)

47 455 Thinking of starting a traveler game
by eris
Jan 23, 2014 17:59:10 GMT -6

Online Games

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No New Posts Frank's Wilderlands/CSIO OD&D

Frank intends to send a party of OD&D adventurers into the Wilderlands, the world first created by Judges Guild in the 1970's and the home of the infamous City-State of the Invincible Overlord.

Moderator: ffilz

8 666 City Interlude 2
by kirbyfan63
Apr 17, 2014 9:49:19 GMT -6
No New Posts Mushgnome's Deep Arkham

A Lovecraft-inspired classic dungeon crawl using Delving Deeper rules.

Moderator: mushgnome

18 1,933 S02E05: Cave of the Unknown
by ehiker133
Apr 16, 2014 7:46:24 GMT -6
No New Posts Makofan's Online OD&D

A brown-book OD&D game, as run by Makofan.

Moderator: makofan

100 10,468 After Adventure 18 - Verbosh Interlude and other maintenance
by makofan
Apr 18, 2014 11:45:46 GMT -6
No New Posts Palace of the Vampire Queen

Kenmeister is running the classic "Palace of the Vampire Queen" module right here, using S&W WB rules. Here can be found the campaign.

9 480 [Potvq] Chapter Three - First foray into the dungeon
by Zenopus
Apr 18, 2014 10:52:47 GMT -6
No New Posts Kent's Affryqq campaign

Kent wanted to try his hand at a PBP campaign with rules inpsired by several versions of the game. Here's where it will happen.

9 355 ---Rules---
by kent
Mar 31, 2014 17:50:31 GMT -6
No New Posts In Search of the Unknown

Kirbyfan wanted to run a B1 campaign, using house-ruled OD&D. Here is where it will all happen.b1

11 512 Day 13 - Return to the Caverns
by mannclay
Apr 17, 2014 11:41:24 GMT -6
No New Posts Into the Dead City of Cron

Here can be found Scalydemon's PBP campaign using the Holmes BD&D rules set.

7 344 Game Thread 1 - Gal & the Gal Hills
by sulldawga
Apr 17, 2014 9:18:52 GMT -6
No New Posts Verbobonc Lives!

Verbobonc Lives! will follow some of the campaign arcs of the Living Greyhawk campaign the RPGA ran, but starting with Holmes edition Basic (or Blueholme for retrogamers) as our rule set and slowly phasing into AD&D.

22 787 Verbobonc: Inner Bailey
by jbest
Apr 18, 2014 20:06:27 GMT -6
No New Posts Niflheim PBP Campaign

A PBP game set in Sirravd’s Niflheim setting.

11 429 Episode 3: The Dome (2)
by makofan
Apr 17, 2014 7:05:32 GMT -6
No New Posts Inactive Online Games - 1 Viewing

Here I will be stashing inactive online games so that folks can still read them. If a game goes active again, let me know and I'll revive its forum standings...

Sub-boards: Waysoftheearth's "The Deep in the Hinterlands" OD&D, H&H: Classic Adventures, Dogma PBEM, Calithena's Online OD&D, Scogle's Online OD&D, Chronoplasm's Online OD&D, Snorri's "Castle Snogard" CAOS Online OD&D, Tombowing's OD&D Campaign: Castle Lyra, Burke's "Searchers of the Unknown" Campaign, Jamesm's Dwimmermount Campaign, Crusssdaddy's LabyLord Humanoid Game, (PBP Game coming soon....), Verhaden's PBP OD&D Game, Chicagowiz's Modern OD&D Game, City State of the Emerald Eye PBP

239 20,617 Reminiscences & Ruminations (OOC)
by scottenkainen
Oct 12, 2013 21:58:50 GMT -6


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