I like the visual size comparison... That's a lot of cut and pasting and formatting. Good idea. Nice to see the Svirfneblin in there!
I recently got miniatures of many of the classic AD&D humanoids: elf, dwarf, halfling, goblin, orc, gargoyle, ogre, troll, hill giant, stone giant, fire giant and frost giant. The idea is to have them not only for game use, but also for standard reference against player character miniatures. I like to have at least one of each for the visual reference.
Just rounding it out to just the D&D races was painful because I have so many are not official like for example I have morlocks (but they're not really grimlocks they have the eloi etc) so that was a decision and its plenty of that going on but mostly on the races that I created that are well known by my players. So they're all removed.
Everything that is not bolded I had to vet to make sure I knew what I was talking about. The bold however is based on educated guesses not just random throws.
As far as the comparative thing actually was "Gene's" then I realized it looked stupid and cooked up "GE/NE" for laughs.
Post by geneweigel on Jun 11, 2017 11:16:40 GMT -5
I forgot to mention that everything that isn't bold is from a primary source either OD&D or Gygax penned AD&D which bumps anything OD&D. I did not consider DEITIES AND DEMIGODS because of the detachment that Gary had to the nonhuman deities.
BOLD stuff is my opinion. Examples of my opinions:
So for the mind flayer and the close nature of the crysmal is an asumption about the location of the mind flayers in the surface world in G3 lurking in the crystals.
The birds of prey mention for mountain dwarves is based on the assumption that giant eagles like dwarves when elves would seem more likely because they're surface dwellers so I'm making an excuse of their inclusion of all dwarves saying dwarves of mountains (Moria, etc) are fond of hunting birds as a means of providing them food. It just seemed logical.
I'll be starting a new campaign tonight. It's homebrew, but based heavily on the Fax/Wild Coast discussions we've had. I plan on developing the setting by running different arcs in different locales using different editions. I'll be starting off OD&D, box only, no supplements. Town and big dungeon, and I've decided to start off using Blackmoor as the model for 'town' and the dungeon.
Who's playing in the new campaign? I like the idea of playing OD&D stripped down to the basics and building up from there. The three little books still have a unique charm to them after all these years. I still smile every time I see robots and thoats on the encounter tables.
Tonight is an all ages game. My friend Eric, his son Tyler, My son Gavin, and maybe my youngest: Liam. The current plan is to play until 3rd level, and then give them a break. Roll up some 1E characters, play the, for a little bit, etc. and just rotate games periodically. If I manage to keep it going, I'll eventually work in some other genres, horror, Gama World, etc.
The OD&D game went well. Three players: Gavin, Tyler, and Eric playing a cleric, fighter, and magic-user. We rolled up the characters and they made one trip to the dungeon, fought a few usual suspects and called it a night. With the standardized HD and damage die the magic-user ended up being the best fighter of the night.
With the standardized HD and damage die the magic-user ended up being the best fighter of the night.
This helps to explain how Tenser got his reputation as a fighting magic-user.
I just remembered something... I had a 1e magic-user that I played in Eric Bachman's game back around 1984. I hadn't thought of a name yet, but in the first game my m-u got into some melee and did well with a staff, so Eric referred to him as "The Meleeing Magic-User." I later named the character Moravian after a street in the North Side of Pittsburgh... I had no idea at the time that was a nationality, I just liked the sound of the name. Getting into melee wasn't so much a choice as an act of desperation, with me simply getting lucky for a few rounds. In 1e and later, sending your m-u into melee is usually death. But I forgot that in OD&D the first level classes aren't as dissimilar.