If you're looking for a "by the book" list of cool stuff that WIS can modify, you are mostly out of luck. Offhand, I only know of two clear cases where WIS modifies anything. From Men & Magic:
1. If wisdom is the "prime requisite" (clerics) wisdom can adjust experience earned.
2. "Wisdom rating will act much as does that for intelligence." It further says for INT that "Intelligence will also affect referees' decisions as to whether or not certain action would be taken, and it allows additional languages to be spoken."
What this means is a little vague. I assume that WIS will not give additional languages, but am not sure what you get for your WIS other than affecting referee's decisions.
I tend to "house rule" certain advantages to Magic-users for high INT, but it's not in Men & Magic. When I do "house rule" it, I allow for Clerics to get a similar advantage for WIS. I've also run games where I use WIS as a psionic defense. Again, not BTB.
It's possible that Greyhawk or other supplements give more specific rules, but I don't have my copies handy at the moment.
Last Edit: Feb 12, 2010 12:44:59 GMT -6 by Finarvyn
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The Tom Wham character sheets were actually first published in 1977 (Lizard Logo), and thus pre-date all AD&D, with the possible exception of the Monster Manual (Dec 1977). The 1979 date is for the re-print (with Wizard Logo).
This page has a scan of the actual sheet showing the "Wisdom Adj", although it's from the 1979 re-print. But I don't recall hearing of any printing differences for the sheets (1977 vs 1979).
Edit: AD&D was definitely in development in mid-1977 (Holmes Basic came out mid-77 with references to AD&D), so I would guess this represents a new rule that was being developed for AD&D. These were the only character sheets sold by TSR at the time so they may have wanted them as "current" as possible. AD&D-specific characters sheets weren't available until 1979.
Post by paleologos on Apr 16, 2011 13:35:41 GMT -6
The more I think about it, the more I think the Wisdom Adj. must refer to the modifier as listed in the AD&D 1e Player's Handbook.
I was flipping through my old tattered copy a while ago, and noticed that among all of the ability score modifiers, only the Wisdom adjustment had an asterisk beside it with a caption to explain what it was.
I wonder if that's because all of the other ability score modifiers were ported over from OD&D, but a "Wisdom adjustment" was the only new thing that merited a bit of explanation...
I see what you are referring to, but the Dex, Con and Char tables also have notes to explain the adjustments in the right hand columns. They just aren't asterisked - instead there's a section titled "Notes regarding ... Table I:" It seems more like a formatting inconsistency.
But I can confirm now that the 1977 PC sheets definitely had the Wisdom Adj line. In late Feb, there was some discussion of these sheets in the Interesting Items thread on the Acaeum, and a member put up links to scans of the cover, front and back of the 1977 (orange) and 1979 (yellow) PC sheets (in this post; unfortunately the links are no longer valid). I compared the sheets and there are no differences other than the logos (Lizard vs Wizard) and the trademark indications. The 1979 sheet even retains the 1977 copyright date.
Is it possible the Wis Adj modifier was added in a The Dragon article? Something prior to '79? As Zenopus points out it looks like it was in the works for some time prior to the PHB printing.
I've pretty much scoured the pre-'79 TD (and even Strategic Review) and can find nothing. I'm favouring the AD&D 1e Wis Adj as an unpublished in-house rule that made its way onto the Tom Wham character records...wish we could ask an old-timer
Sean, the original Warlock was written by students at Caltech and published as the bulk of Spartan Simulation Gaming Journal #9, Aug 1975. This comes up on Ebay a few times a year, with prices ranging from $30-60 depending on how many folks are interested at any one time. It was later republished as the Complete Warlock in 1978, but with many changes and additions. Later versions are also available in places on the internet, with many more changes. I like the original version the best as it is closest to OD&D.
Post by runequester on Dec 19, 2012 12:28:59 GMT -6
Its probably worth noting that for anything coming out of TSR, various parts of AD&D would have been in use as they were developed and designed, well before the books were published. For us, it seems like clear demarcation between oD&D and aD&D, but from interviews and recollections people have written about, that was almost certainly not the case.
A large scan of the blue version of the 1977 character sheet was posted on the Acaeum today, and I noticed another proto-AD&D quirk of these OD&D sheets: the armor classes go from AC2 to AC10 rather than AC9.