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 - 1 Viewing

You can talk about anything gaming-related here.

Moderator: Finarvyn

Sub-board: Announcements

1,593 20,575 What War or Boardgame are you playing?
by owlorbs
May 29, 2015 13:35:20 GMT -6
No New Posts Links & Resources

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

214 1,378 Save or Die Episode 108: AOTC - Basic Fantasy RPG"
by Vile
May 27, 2015 1:32:53 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!

165 613 Tales of Peril - teaser
by roaktheunknowable
May 29, 2015 21:50:01 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".

226 2,994 FLANKING: CHAINMAIL's unnoticed secret weapon.
by gronanofsimmerya
May 16, 2015 11:30:06 GMT -6
No New Posts Men & Magic (1974) - 2 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 11,068 Attribute Bonuses in Multiple Tiers
by peterlind
May 27, 2015 21:31:25 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.

183 2,496 Dragons reexamined
by cooper
May 14, 2015 7:17:10 GMT -6
No New Posts The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures (1974) - 1 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.

270 4,053 Moving Players to the Field of Battle- suggestions
by derv
May 28, 2015 15:38:40 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.

167 1,381 FFC and Wilderlands
by ffilz
May 6, 2015 15:02:04 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 3,380 The Holmes Manuscript
by Zenopus
May 26, 2015 20:31:42 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 - 2 Viewing

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.

21 656 Klytus, I'm bored.
by Zenopus
May 27, 2015 21:14:12 GMT -6


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No New Posts Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea - 2 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

by jeffb
May 29, 2015 9:37:40 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

300 7,509 Isle of the Unknown Wandering Encounters
by ritt
May 23, 2015 11:35:09 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 6,722 Fight On #15
by roaktheunknowable
May 10, 2015 10:41:38 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

213 3,372 So what's next on the Delving Deeper game line?
by joseph
May 23, 2015 10:41:50 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.

42 582 Crimson Blades 2nd Ed (Box Set)
by kesher
May 8, 2015 13:26:03 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

84 746 Champions of ZED
by aesdana
Apr 6, 2015 2:09:39 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!

354 4,198 Necromancer's art thread
by bea
May 28, 2015 5:44:41 GMT -6
No New Posts SImulacrum

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 4,071 BLUEHOLME™ The Necropolis of Nuromen
by xerxez
May 24, 2015 21:58:32 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)

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 3,853 Choice of the Petal Throne
by Raphael Pinthus
Apr 29, 2015 22:51:51 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.

55 529 For fans of Boot Hill
by scottenkainen
May 30, 2015 8:06:28 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

97 1,200 How long has it been since the radiation cloud?
by dekelia
May 20, 2015 16:15:18 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

69 1,025 Gangbusters Empire (April 06, 2015)
by Dirtskull
May 29, 2015 23:49:50 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!

39 402 Moved: Role Playing Journals
by Finarvyn
Apr 30, 2015 4:26:53 GMT -6


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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.

63 1,248 Easiest edition to convert from
by Falconer
May 29, 2015 12:23:00 GMT -6
No New Posts Other Editions

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 2,647 Swords & Six-Siders
by Vanquishing Leviathan
May 29, 2015 15:43:08 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

278 4,618 What are you reading?
by Raphael Pinthus
May 30, 2015 2:53:42 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 - 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)

105 810 Role Playing Journals
by Max_Writer
May 25, 2015 19:47:23 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), Arduin (1977), Runequest (1978)

193 1,884 Privateers and Gentlemen
by franchise
May 3, 2015 18:54:15 GMT -6

Science Fiction

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No New Posts General SciFi - 1 Viewing

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)

136 1,522 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
by Merctime
May 29, 2015 16:17:59 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.

63 568 "Chewie, we're home!"
by Raphael Pinthus
May 6, 2015 14:36:09 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)

53 530 Anyone remember seeing a "Space Race" Traveller Campaign?
by Torreny
May 20, 2015 2:13:55 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 1,491 Into the Dearthwood
by dtspurrier
May 29, 2015 20:04:34 GMT -6
No New Posts Mushgnome's Deep Arkham

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

Moderator: mushgnome

25 2,874 S03E02: HEROES OF ARKHAM
by choun
May 21, 2015 13:17:43 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 14,135 Northern Group - Adventure #7 - Back to the Baron
by scottenkainen
May 30, 2015 8:04:49 GMT -6
No New Posts Palace of the Vampire Queen - 1 Viewing

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 1,321 [Potvq] Chapter Seven - Second foray into the dungeon
by dtspurrier
May 29, 2015 14:34:17 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.

44 4,655 Verbobonc: Business Quarter (Day 4+ )
by Ronny Serio
May 29, 2015 14:42:57 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”.

7 346 Horror on the Hill (Basic D&D module) and chapter one
by dtspurrier
May 29, 2015 14:29:16 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 23,132 OOC
by kenmeister
Oct 29, 2014 7:32:48 GMT -6


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