Classic Dungeons & Dragons

This page is dedicated to Classic D&D. I use the '81 D&D Basic (Moldvay) and Expert (Cook/Marsh) rules, supplemented with the D&D Vol 1-3 plus the D&D Rules Cyclopedia. This page will grow as I add more stuff to it.

D&D MODULES

The Mountain of Evermore by Gregory B. MacKenzie
The Tomb of Gnasher III by Gregory B. MacKenzie
Vandar's Lost Home (www.dragonsfoot.org)
High Atop Dragonmount (www.dragonsfoot.org)
Palace of the Silver Princess (B3, orange cover)

Articles & Essays

Expanding Demihumans in D&D - (original material by Bryan J Maloney)

DM Screens & Tools

DM Screen -- landscape format, 3 panels. MS Word.

This is my DM screen for 1981 Basic and Expert D&D (Moldvay/Marsh/Cook). It packs a lot of information into three panels and covers everything I normally need to use in a game. The fonts are pretty small. This screen can be used as an insert in the vinyl GM screen from Pinnacle.

This screen follows the rules strictly with just a few deviations I am aware of:

Unified Wilderness Encounters -- Percentile encounter charts. MS Word.

The wilderness encounter tables in the '81 Expert set required you to make a series of rolls on table and subtables. This was a bit awkward and also made it harder to see at a glance what monsters inhabited each terrain type, or how frequently they might occur. I merged all the subtables into a set of unified tables, so a single percentile roll gives you the encounter type. All information, including encounter frequencies, is preserved. For each table there were a few percentage points that were unused, so I assigned these to "Special or DM choice". Since all monsters for a given terrain type are listed in a single table with percentage frequencies, it is easy to just pick a suitable monster instead of rolling. I had some extra room so I added a matrix showing wilderness movement rates for different armor types. I also created a new ARCTIC encounter table. These table fit on a single double-sided sheet. MS Word 2002 format.

Links to D&D Resources

Dragonsfoot.org - Website dedicated to 1st edition and classic D&D, includes a very active Classic D&D Forum.
Vaults of Pandius - Official Mystara homepage, lots of good OD&D stuff there
The Guild of Origial D&D - Classic D&D Mailing List (Yahoo Groups)