Monday, September 19, 2005

What This Blog is All About

The purpose of this blog is very simple. I want it to be a guide for anyone that wants to create and run a roleplaying campaign using the classic 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game rules. Over the coming weeks and months, I am going to try and give you a (hopefully) complete guide to everything from finding the books to creating a campaign world. I hope you enjoy reading what I have to offer and most of all, I hope it helps make you a better Dungeonmaster.

The question you might want to ask now is - why use 1st Edition? There is a new 'third' edition of D&D, right? While it is true that there is a new edition of D&D currently being published, I would like to offer you a very incomplete list of some reasons that you might want to give 1st Edition a try:
  • It's nostalgic. This is probably the game that you played in your youth.
  • It's easy to learn. Even if you don't know how to play, there are many, many adults that still remember and love the game.
  • It's simple. 1st edition is arguably MUCH simpler than the current edition of the game.
  • It's cheap. You might already own the books! Even if you have to buy them, you can find them online or in second hand bookshops for a very reasonable price.
  • It's complete. Since AD&D is no longer being published, you don't have to worry about keeping up with the 'book of the month'.
  • It's well supported. There are many supplements and adventures, and there is plenty of online support to boot.

In my next post, I am going to give you some tips on finding new copies of the rulebooks if you have never owned them before or if yours have been lost with the sands of time. Stick around. It's going to be a fun ride.


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