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 - 4 Viewing

You can talk about anything gaming-related here.

Moderator: Finarvyn

Sub-board: Announcements

1,536 20,292 The Ehdrigor RPG: An Authentically Native Voice
by ritt
Jul 4, 2015 21:06:37 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

219 1,398 Started a Minis/Gaming Blog
by jmccann
Jul 4, 2015 0:09:36 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!

170 625 ISO: The Palladium Role-Playing Game
by The Semi-Retired Gamer
Jul 4, 2015 13:57:11 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".

227 3,009 When Do You Resolve Charges?
by gronanofsimmerya
Jun 9, 2015 22:57:48 GMT -6
No New Posts Men & Magic (1974) - 3 Viewing

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.

703 11,071 Son Wants To Play a Young Dragon
by magremore
Jul 3, 2015 19:28:13 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.

185 2,527 Gold Pieces (gp) as another game abstraction
by Porphyre
Jun 30, 2015 14:37:29 GMT -6
No New Posts The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures (1974) - 2 Viewing

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.

272 4,091 The Campaign Move of Barons
by derv
Jun 29, 2015 18:47:55 GMT -6
No New Posts Judges Guild and the Wilderlands (est. 1976) - 1 Viewing

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.

168 1,393 Caverns of Thracia--for which D&D?
by kenmeister
Jun 16, 2015 9:36:55 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

266 3,395 The Holmes Manuscript
by Zenopus
Jul 4, 2015 9:25:35 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.

71 1,235 D&D Chronology
by Zenopus
May 26, 2015 21:19:31 GMT -6

Gaming with Dave and Gary and Rob

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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.

65 874 Moved: Thief Attack and Saves
by Finarvyn
Mar 22, 2015 7:41:51 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...

51 615 Dark Druids question for Rob
by grodog
Mar 19, 2015 19:17:17 GMT -6
No New Posts Gaming with Gronan - 1 Viewing

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.

24 679 Klytus, I'm bored.
by gronanofsimmerya
Jun 8, 2015 20:57:25 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 Ghul
Jun 26, 2015 6:42:26 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

304 7,540 Terrans in Carcosa
by tkdco2
Jun 30, 2015 19:41:51 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

549 6,726 Short Stories in Fight On?
by calithena
Jul 4, 2015 13:35:17 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

216 3,386 Hinterlands
by Mike
Jun 30, 2015 7:13:40 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.

42 590 Crimson Blades 2nd Ed (Box Set)
by simonw
Jun 23, 2015 12:56:23 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

84 750 Champions of ZED
by Torreny
Jun 11, 2015 23:19:03 GMT -6
No New Posts OD&D Workshop - 3 Viewing

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!

355 4,200 Zenopus Art-chives
by Zenopus
Jul 1, 2015 22:40:30 GMT -6
No New Posts SImulacrum - 1 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

400 4,088 Iron Falcon: LBBs + Greyhawk
by solomoriah
Jul 4, 2015 20:56:33 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.

87 992 Warriors of the Red Planet preview
by roaktheunknowable
Apr 26, 2015 10:02:37 GMT -6
No New Posts Empire of the Petal Throne (1975) - 2 Viewing

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

260 3,855 Jakallan Underworld
by Red Baron
Jul 3, 2015 15:37:47 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.

55 531 More thoughts on a BH "clone"...
by ukgendarme
May 31, 2015 16:06:57 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

101 1,222 5th Ed Metamorphosis Alpha
by Finarvyn
Jun 20, 2015 5:38:08 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: Gangbuster Empire, Malchya's GangBusters PBP Game, Max's Gangbusters PBP

70 1,139 Gangbusters Empire (April 06, 2015)
by franchise
Jul 4, 2015 17:12:40 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!

39 405 Dungeon, the boardgame
by Professor P
Jul 4, 2015 3:36:06 GMT -6


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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.

19 466 Interface between Hex and Counter and Miniatures Battles
by Otto Harkaman
Jul 4, 2015 15:21:22 GMT -6
No New Posts D&D 5E (2014) - 2 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.

64 1,294 Player's Handbook -- what do you think?
by Dohojar
Jul 4, 2015 19:01:23 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

214 2,661 Swords & Six-Siders
by Vanquishing Leviathan
Jul 2, 2015 12:18:55 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 4,674 Is Treebeard the green man ?
by thorswulf
Jul 4, 2015 14:24:53 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

34 216 Three words
by Dohojar
Apr 8, 2015 21:40:21 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)

105 812 Role Playing Journals
by Max_Writer
Jun 22, 2015 18:44:10 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)

191 1,830 Vintage Arduin Map...
by Vile
Jun 6, 2015 19:58:03 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)

139 1,546 Marvel Comics New WEIRDWORLD
by ritt
Jul 4, 2015 15:07:57 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.

70 615 "Chewie, we're home!"
by Raphael Pinthus
Jul 4, 2015 2:17:28 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)

54 531 Traveller: LBB Bundle of Holding
by nezach
Jun 28, 2015 17:22:25 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

11 1,528 Into the Dearthwood
by brumbar
Jul 4, 2015 16:12:02 GMT -6
No New Posts Mushgnome's Deep Arkham

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

Moderator: mushgnome

25 2,883 Out of Character
by ehiker133
Jun 29, 2015 9:06:01 GMT -6
No New Posts Makofan's Online OD&D - 1 Viewing

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

Moderator: makofan

Sub-board: References, Announcements and Stickies

123 14,300 Southern Group - Adventure #19 - Across the Sark
by brumbar
Jul 4, 2015 16:07:26 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.

13 1,359 [Potvq] Chapter Seven - Second foray into the dungeon
by Azafuse
Jul 4, 2015 10:40:31 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.

45 4,881 Verbobonc: Inner Bailey (Days 7+)
by jbest
Jul 4, 2015 21:49:13 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!

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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”.

8 440 Horror on the Hill (Basic D&D module) and chapter one
by tkdco2
Jul 4, 2015 13:06:13 GMT -6
No New Posts Meleon: The Coward's Blade

Coming November 2015

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No New Posts Inactive Online Games

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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