~ Attention. Here’s an update on tonight’s dinner. It was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight’s mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin who guessed “some kind of beef.”~
Look what I just got in the mail yestersday. I got it on Ebay for like $20.00 including S&H. It’s got some stains on the cover and the center page is not attached to the rusty staples anymore. But it’s complete and it’s readable.
First off, I have never had a chance to read the original books, ever. I’ve always wondered what they had in the pages between their covers, but until I started to get into this OSR thing, I really didn’t give it much thought. Since I’ve been reading all these OSR blogs, my interest in the original set has grown. Unfortunately trying to obtain this set is very difficult and expensive. When I found this with a cheap “Buy It Now” option I pulled the trigger and got it, warts and all. Reading through it is an experience, I am suprised at all the things that just don’t seem to be there. Things like how much damage these monsters do to characters in combat, I still haven’t found the rule in this book yet the states how much damage a monster does (I’m sure it is in one of the other books). My understanding (from reading blogs) is that all monsters do just 1d6 damage, except a few of the bigger, stronger monsters like Ogres who ” due to their size will score 1 die +2 (3-8) points of hits when they hit”
“Except Player Characters”
There was one passage in the book the stood out to me. In fact it really kind of hinders the players with almost no logic, to me it was comical yet makes me ponder as to why it wasn’t at least explained, just seems like an arbitrary rule pulled out of thin air.
It’s no big deal to me, but that rule just seems so whacked out. I mean I get it, it forces the characters to carry torches etc. I have no problem with the monsters being able to see in total darkness, but that little statement, “…any monster or man can see in total darkness as far as the dungeon is concerned except player characters” Nevermind that most of the player characters are men too. Funny stuff, at least to me it was. I’m sure there are other strange things in this book that I have yet to discover. I am happy to finally have this little piece of the history of D&D. I am hoping in time to get the other books in a similiar manner.