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 - 3 Viewing

You can talk about anything gaming-related here.

Moderator: Finarvyn

Sub-board: Announcements

1,579 20,883 Averoigne - mini sandbox setting
by Porphyre
Oct 7, 2015 12:33:38 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

232 1,447 Footprints #23 is available [free]
by tkdco2
Oct 6, 2015 1:56:13 GMT -6
No New Posts Classified

Looking for players? Want to announce a game you're running or a convention worth attending? Drop a thread into the Classifieds!

180 647 [SOLD] OD&D 3LBBs in wonderful condition! [SOLD]
by machfront
Oct 3, 2015 0:22:17 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".

233 3,124 Opponent's die roll?
by jacar
Oct 6, 2015 18:13:12 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.

716 11,391 LBB combat redux - yet another take on how it all goes down
by aldarron
Oct 7, 2015 8:43:36 GMT -6
No New Posts Monsters & Treasure (1974) - 4 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.

189 2,554 Lycanthrope Appearance and Form
by mindcontrolsquid
Oct 7, 2015 13:49:33 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.

281 4,162 Starvation and Dehydration in the Wilderness
by Porphyre
Oct 7, 2015 10:39:59 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.

170 1,414 Wilderlands hex size too small or just right?
by howandwhy99
Oct 2, 2015 19:34:48 GMT -6
No New Posts Holmes Basic D&D (1978) - 1 Viewing

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

269 3,413 Mishler Made these Mad Maps!
by bycrom
Oct 5, 2015 18:57:26 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.

75 1,293 Outline combat systems
by waysoftheearth
Aug 28, 2015 17:22:33 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.

Sub-board: Adventures in Fantasy

223 2,518 Blackmoor Maps
by Dave L
Apr 15, 2015 16:57:22 GMT -6
No New Posts Gary Gygax' Greyhawk

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

67 884 Pre-Migration Human Races
by scottenkainen
Oct 6, 2015 22:20:50 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...

51 622 Dark Druids question for Rob
by scottyg
Sept 14, 2015 21:00:37 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.

26 722 BE A FKR!
by tkdco2
Sept 11, 2015 17:40:55 GMT -6


Board Threads Posts Last Post
No New Posts Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea

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

by blackadder23
Oct 5, 2015 14:31:58 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, Greenfielder's "Lurkers of Carcosa", Nonsensical's Gonzo OD&D Carcosa

310 7,627 When I think of Carcosa, I think of...
by burningtorso
Oct 5, 2015 21:19:30 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

550 6,730 The best adventure of my first 500 reviews: The Upper Caves
by Mike
Oct 7, 2015 1:35:42 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

220 3,409 The Rat Catcher (PC Class)
by Mike
Oct 6, 2015 20:46:55 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.

43 603 my Sabres & Witchery character sheet
by gnombient
Sept 25, 2015 17:25:02 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

85 758 Champions of ZED
by aldarron
Sept 17, 2015 10:59:25 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!

361 4,272 Big Sale this weekend
by kesher
Sept 19, 2015 16:28:15 GMT -6
No New Posts SImulacrum - 2 Viewing

Here we can discuss "clone" systems which do not have their own space otherwise.

Sub-boards: Blueholme, Swords & Wizardry, Seven Voyages of Zylarthen, Elf Lair Games, Brave Halfling General

409 4,144 Digest (Booklet) Edition of Epees and Sorcellerie
by apl
Oct 7, 2015 12:04:08 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.

88 1,010 Another Princess of Mars Movie
by Old Guard Villian
Jul 18, 2015 13:55:12 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

269 4,068 Mythic GM Emulator
by greentongue
Oct 4, 2015 18:24:02 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.

56 553 Tombstone: Wild West RPG
by Vile
Sept 26, 2015 21:26:47 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

103 1,226 Epsilon City Kickstarter for Metamorphosis Alpha
by Thorulfr
Sept 1, 2015 8:10:22 GMT -6
No New Posts Gangbusters (1982, 2012?)

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: Gangbuster Empire, Malchya's GangBusters PBP Game, Max's Gangbusters PBP

70 1,331 Gangbusters Empire (April 06, 2015)
by franchise
Oct 5, 2015 11:24:04 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!

39 409 Marvel Super Heroes TSR PC Sheet?
by ritt
Aug 9, 2015 21:03:05 GMT -6


Board Threads Posts Last Post
No New Posts Wargames

Here we can discuss various hex-and-chit wargames, with the emphasis being on the old Avalon Hill and SPI classics.

26 553 What War or Boardgame are you playing?
by Mike
Oct 7, 2015 2:43:00 GMT -6
No New Posts D&D 5E (2014) - 1 Viewing

Topic specific to the 5E version of D&D (a.k.a. "D&D Next") which has been playtested for a year or more and finally released summer 2014. I've moved this sub-board into a regular board for a while in anticipation that there might be a lot of chatter about 5E.

67 1,330 magical bows and non magical arrows
by Vile
Oct 6, 2015 8:33:34 GMT -6
No New Posts Other Editions - 1 Viewing

Here we can discuss AD&D or 4E or other non-OD&D editions of the game.

Sub-boards: AD&D/2E, 3E/Pathfinder, 4E

215 2,668 & Magazine
by rredmond
Sept 17, 2015 7:49:38 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, Howard and Hyboria

281 4,724 What are you reading?
by The Semi-Retired Gamer
Oct 4, 2015 20:21:50 GMT -6
No New Posts Leiber and Lankhmar

Here we can discuss all things of the world of Nehwon, City of Lankhmar, and Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser. Topics can range from the literature to the various RPGs that are out there to the old TSR boardgame.

Sub-board: Scrolls of Lankhmar

34 228 Fritz Leiber Photos & Other
by scalydemon
Sept 21, 2015 17:51:06 GMT -6
No New Posts Around the Campfire - 1 Viewing

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)

106 830 Adventures in Meleon
by Raphael Pinthus
Oct 6, 2015 21:01:35 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: Tunnels & Trolls (1975), Wee Warriors, Arduin (1977), Runequest (1978)

193 1,841 Stafford and Peterson back with Chaosium?
by Vile
Oct 2, 2015 21:27:15 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)

140 1,578 The look of your SF game
by idrahil
Sept 26, 2015 18:16:30 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.

72 628 The Princess, the Soundrel, and the Farmboy
by Finarvyn
Oct 4, 2015 5:00:23 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)

59 583 Some House Rules
by tkdco2
Sept 14, 2015 22:24:32 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

12 1,701 Into the Dearthwood
by mindcontrolsquid
Oct 7, 2015 12:35:45 GMT -6
No New Posts Mushgnome's Deep Arkham

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

Moderator: mushgnome

26 3,055 S03E03: A Very Special Deep Arkham
by mushgnome
Oct 7, 2015 9:58:17 GMT -6
No New Posts Makofan's Online OD&D - 2 Viewing

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

Moderator: makofan

Sub-board: References, Announcements and Stickies

126 14,547 Western Group - Adventure #1
by tetramorph
Oct 7, 2015 14:17:22 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.

14 1,532 [Potvq] Third foray into the dungeon
by Red Baron
Oct 6, 2015 7:46:46 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.

48 5,435 Ryemend (Days 6+ )
by dtspurrier
Oct 7, 2015 14:34:58 GMT -6
No New Posts Mushgnome’s Chainmail Carcosa 2.0

What is Chainmail Carcosa 2.0: Revenge of Chainmail Carcosa? (CC2) Players battle for control of the Carcosa continent map (like the board game Risk or the old computer game Archon) Each race has a finite population and can go extinct, at which point the player is eliminated. Individual battles will be swiftly resolved using rules-light Chainmail mass-combat dice pools. Last player standing wins!

10 269
No New Posts dtspurrier's Basic to Expert Game

This campaign will start with one or 2 D&D basic published modules that will be linked into a campaign. The first module will be “Horror on the Hill”.

10 669 Chapter three assault on the monestary
by dtspurrier
Oct 7, 2015 14:55:34 GMT -6
No New Posts Meleon: The Coward's Blade

Coming November 2015

5 58 The Coward's Blade: General Prologue
by Dave L
Oct 6, 2015 19:08:20 GMT -6
No New Posts The Ruination of Tenamen

The Delving Deeper game will be run by the book, and conducted via play-by-post on this board. As this is a low level adventure, 6+ players are required for the game to commence; 10+ players are desired.

6 176 (02) First Excursion to Xerusar's Tower by Westwood
by dtspurrier
Oct 5, 2015 14:24:54 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: Middelsae campaign, Night's Dark Terror, In Search of the Unknown, Under Castle Serpenstine , Into the Dead City of Cron, 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, Kent's Affryqq campaign, Niflheim PBP Campaign, City State of the Emerald Eye PBP

302 23,138 OOC
by kenmeister
Oct 29, 2014 7:32:48 GMT -6


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