That's what an OD&D party should look like. Twelve characters, is that right? Throw a bunch in there and see who comes out the other end. I think it was Luke Gygax who told a story about how when he was little he cried when one of his characters died, and his dad told him he shouldn't name a character before reaching 3rd level!
The PCs did not abuse the red shirts, taking the lead while exploring, fighting side by side, etc. so morale was good. Morale did fail once, when they tried to go down a flight of steps they found right after a battle where the did lose one. Party started out with 9, returned with 7. Gavin's PC carried his fallen soldier out of the dungeon with him.
We're playing 3d6, in order, with up to two re-rolls. The fighter and M-U have prime reqs of 11ish. A few high scores in unrelated abilities. The cleric has a 15 wis, and with the lower xp chart the party should have a cleric that can heal soon, probably next session, 2 Friday's from now.
All of the kids' sports are finally over (until fall). Three soccer teams and two baseballs teams were not leaving me with a lot of free time. Hopefully I can now get some writing in, and maybe catch up on some TV, movies, etc.
Post by geneweigel on Aug 26, 2017 19:30:13 GMT -5
From left to right its the MONSTER MANUAL orc, the Grenadier miniature orc from the Action Art set that were selected by Gygax (1980), the Tim Truman design for the Orcs of the Broken Bone TSR action figure (1983) and an orc from the D&D cartoon (1983) commenting on an orc from Otherworld Miniatures.
Yes, you've captured the likenesses, Gene. Well done.
I like the Otherworld orcs, although I agree they shouldn't be pig-faced. And they're a bit too cartoony. I prefer menacing. I think Reaper orcs and Thunderbolt Mountain goblins are about the best of the more recently produced miniatures, especially when they're not painted bright green. The appearance and skin colors used for the goblins and orcs in the LOTR movies was, I thought, just right, and it even made me think of the AD&D Monster Manual colors as described.
Unhallowed was the first set written for DJ. GDW put it on hold because they thought a fantasy RPG would be more in demand. If they would have released Unhallowed first there probably would not have been a lawsuit. Gary did write an adventure for it and did run it for a local group, Including Luke. I don't remember any details other than the party never figured it out and they were all killed by a demon. I guess I could ask Luke if he remembers anything.
I hadn't heard about the Unhallowed adventure---good to know, thanks Scott!
I recall having third edition buyer beware especially after the whole Diablo fiasco of "official" direct tie-in material which was terrible so I just looked at the cartoon insert stats as probably something converted from one of those 1990's era D&D conversion webpages that you used to see everywhere without any insight into the development. They could have went to Gary to get his input that would have been interesting or even Ernie Gygax or one of the writers like Mark Evanier.