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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 find the Mentzer Basic rulebook hard to reference. To be fair, it’s been years since I used either system, so your comments may better reflect reality than do mine.

Moldvay’s magic-users get one spell at 1st level and have to find more in play.

Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. I’m curious to see how this plays out. We didn’t even know you could do that.

A new edition msntzer called Next Edition currently — is slated to be released sometime soon. That’s probably more game than anyone ever needs, and it deforms the spell progressions, saving throws, and thief skills somewhat. Zardnaar – Saturday, 12th August, Which is better presented? Eldritch Wizardry Supplement IV: Incidentally, I still have one of the cyan d20’s. And so on, and so forth. This box set had rules covering characters from 4th level to 14th level arguably, the meat of the adventuring career.


Moldvay’s death saddened me in a way that the deaths of Gygax and Arneson didn’t, because I had met him and talked for a couple hours. Thanks for your answer; please take the tour and visit the help center to see how this SE site works best.

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

Eldritch Wizardry Supplement IV: All that book keeping is actually super fucking important for the PCs to wallow in. This is excellent stuff. In the comments section, I asked if he’d be using the Stronghold Builder’s Guidebook from 3e when the PCs wish to start a fiefdom. Dungeons and Dragons has a long and proud history. Moldvay’s magic-users get one spell at 1st level and have to find more in play. This set was limited to a thousand copies, and was sold by mail and at GenCon Mentzer comes down to Otus vs.

Differences between Moldvay and Mentzer In general, the Mentzer version was a repackaging and expansion of the Moldvay version. There are a few minor differences in mechanics, mostly in spell descriptions range, duration, etc.

The next section is “The War Machine”, a method for coping with large-scale menrzer, especially those in the campaign’s background. It included support for characters up to fifth level, instead of the third-level limit of prior Basic Set versions. Holmes’ book is a reference manual. Rach’s reflections December 8, at 1: It’s easier to reference in game play. Mentzer felt that the menrzer as it stood rewarded those players that stayed quiet at the table, in effect punishing good role-players.


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Some things that happen in Red Box Vancouver dd Dark Sun Dark Sun: James Maliszewski December 9, at 9: Despite this harsh treatment damn you yellow mold covered dinner platesI still gave him my vote.

I don’t need the expanded reactions table. The Gorgon’s Alliance Planescape: This website uses cookies As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons was differentit was not better. This guy mentzr has some miles on him.

But it’s entirely geared towards mentzeg cool you can juice up your superhero powers. I don’t have a copy; no details I can check. That’s my own personal first edition, so I have a fondness for it, but I got the Mentzer edition a couple years back, and played it a few times, after hearing as we are in this thread how it is superior in many ways.

I have respect for all RPG’s as they all have their ups and downs.