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It’s 1977. D&D is wild and wonderful and everyone’s doing their own thing. So much so, in fact, that in that same year two people published alternate versions of one of the core mechanics of old-school D&D: earning XP for treasure. In 1977, Dave Arneson, co-creator of D&D, and Jon Pickens, who later became an […]

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Ready Ref Sheets isn’t technically part of the Judges Guild Campaign Hexagon Sub-System[1], but at least two pages of it totally should be: “Ravaged Ruins,” pages 43 and 44. Ready Ref Sheets is a Judges Guild classic, one of the oddest and most information-dense gaming books I can think of. No matter what sort of […]

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Martin Brown from Grognard Games produced a great short video introduction to Appendix N, the influence the works therein in had on D&D — from thieves and paladins to plane-hopping and alignment — and the inspiration those works can provide today. It’s a bit surreal for me, though: He’s called Martin as well, and is […]

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I finished Fritz Leiber’s The Swords of Lankhmar this morning — my 20th Appendix N book. I’m not a fast reader, or perhaps more accurately I’m not a hurried reader, so tackling all 100 books of Appendix N is going to take me a while. “Swords” took longer than the other Lankhmar books to date […]

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