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Luke tells me D&D Basic Set (magenta box) edited by Tom Moldvay is the best. It’s apparently quite lethal – combat has distinct rules, like most D&D, but it’s not .. D&D Rules Cyclopedia is Mentzer Basic, not Moldvay Basic. Which set was “better” – the Basic D&D Moldvay set (the one that you could put in your binder, which came in one single book) or the later set.

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I’ll admit that I’m not at all fond of the Master Ruleslet alone Immortalsboth of which strike me as huge missteps compared to the Companion Rules. Immortal allows PC’s to essentially ascend to Godhood.

Badmike 3, 13 Moldvay adds monster morale. Eldritch Wizardry Supplement IV: Adds a variety of NPC specialist henchmen. Dragonlance Forgotten Realms Greyhawk Ravenloft. Beholder Drow dark elf Githyanki Illithid mind flayer Lich. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Right, but would it be practical to just reverse the ACs on the Castles and Crusades write-ups, or should I be looking for a new copy?

Yes, he made saving throws and thief skills worse at higher levels. Xantherion – Saturday, 12th August, I loved Egg of the Phoenix, one of my favourite modules – one of the few I actually got back-in-the-day TM too. Was this a major difference between Holmes and Mentzer? His jaw’s still square, though, and his horns are still pointy and he’s so cool that he doesn’t care that his bag got a hole in it.


The Gorgon’s Alliance Planescape: Retrieved 18 November One PC arranges to ransom three menzter PCs, who have been kidnapped in the dungeon. I wonder if you are familiar with them and what was your opinion vs Companion set rules? The point is simple: Beholder Drow dark elf Githyanki Illithid mind flayer Lich. You can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account.

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As of October 18,the Kickstarter has been indefinitely suspended. Thus, Moldvay easily puts Mentzer to rout. I concede that I was young and almost certainly adding lots to the rules as written to make them work “right.

I like a couple things about Mentzer. All books included all known errata. Yeah, this seems cool.

The white d20 would turn pretty spherical and roll forever after a year or so of play. Frank’s old school credentials are not in doubt nor is his grasp of the history of the game.

Which D&D Basic Set is the best? Tom Moldvay vs. Frank Mentzer…

Wants, gonna buy it in some form. While I know they’re well-regarded, I found the Companion rules to pretty much totally fail my requirements. They did not get faux-leather covers, but were masterfully produced. Although, in order to win, you had to go through all of existence twice which would have taken at least ten years of regular play. Even if the other reasons it is better were not true and the game texts were identical in every way, this one reason would be reason enough.


Moldvay has players roll group initiative. Dragondown Grotto Red Hand of Doom. And the yellow d4! I mean, they’re split into different character classes, cool, but then there’s reference charts right in the middle, and character creation rules are at the end, instead of the beginning.

Same here – looking forward to this! It uses the asymmetric stat modifier tables, variable damage by weapon, no racial classes, has Fighter, Cleric, Thief, Mage, Ranger, Paladin, Monk, Assassin and Druid, and a funky Bard class as well. If asked, most fans of mentzee game would list the history of the game as:.

When mentzr play by the Moldvay rules, there’s a lot of “Huh? Character creation was described, and the earliest levels of advancement were handled.

In his review of Egg of the PhoenixKen Rolston called Mentzer “a clever and original designer”, and said that of s&d of the better-known adventure designers of the time he: One stark difference between Moldvay and Holmes is that Holmes uses 1d6 for all weapons damage while Moldvay had each type of weapon roll different dice for damage.