I was finally able to get the kids group together again for a game (too busy with girls these days). Its been a few months..
So they managed to girl thingyfoot around and never get into any trouble. They avoided touching everything. I ended up rolling a wandering monster encounter with giant spiders and the cleric and thief both failed their poison saves. I ruled they were unconcious and dying. The two remaining finished the spiders, the two who were poisoned failed their saves again, the survivors grabbed the bodies of their comrades and hightailed it back to town for raising and recuperation. Game over in an hour. They loved the environment, and I do too...but I think the lethality of OD&D is no longer fun for them,especially when we play so sparingly these days.
Im hoping this hasnt turned some of them off for good.
"Maybe I'm just getting too old to want to have to deal with a heap o' rules and the steaming heap o' rules lawyers who go with them."-Gary Gygax
"D&D was meant to be a free-wheeling game, only loosely bound by the parameters of the rules." Tim Kask, Foreword, Eldritch Wizardry 1976