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Greyhawk Resources

Original Dungeons & Dragons Resources

I have recently become enamored of the original, 1974-76 editions of D&D...the ones that came first in a woodgrain, then in a white, box and consisted of three little brown books with five subsequent supplements: Greyhawk, Blackmoor, Eldritch Wizardry, Gods, Demi-Gods, and Heroes, and Swords & Spells. The game was meant to be used with Chainmail, and is, in my opinion, enhanced by ownership of those original miniatures rules. This section will provide resources for this excellent game.

OD&D Clone Rules

  • Original Edition Characters for Labyrinth Lord. Turns LL into OD&D, and is probably more faithful than the more popular Swords & Wizardry.
  • Swords & Wizardry, the first effort at Retro-Clone OD&D rules. They're pretty good, but there is a bit too much tinkering and interpretation for my taste--they pick and choose which of the OD&D rules they want to include, add some house rules, and as a result I think they lose the flavor of the game, and prefer LL's effort.
    Swords & Wizardry: Whitebox strips S&W back to the rules from the original 3 little brown books, and is a bit more faithful than its "core rules" counterpart above. It's a good effort, and I own it.
    Brave Halfling Publishing, the distributor of Swords & Wizardry: White Box,, as well as a supporter of Labyrinth Lord products.
    Noble Knight Games, distributors of Labyrinth Lord
  • Consolidated Rules. A gent by the name of Bruce Mohler has done what is probably the nearest "true" retro-clone of the D&D rules. It's not 100% above board as he actually calls it "Dungeons & Dragons," and doesn't use the OGL, but it is a re-presentation and faithful, too. There are some omissions; monsters don't have hit dice listed, for example, making it difficult to run a game with only these rules, but they do make for an excellent resource.

Websites and Blogs

  • The OD&D message forums, the best community around for discussion of the original rules.
  • The Wasted Lands, my OD&D-centric blog with a "sandbox in development."
  • Philotomy's OD&D Musings one of the best sites around for the theory and philosophy of OD&D, as well as a wealth of practical advice on how to use the original rules.
  • Grognardia, one of the most respected OD&D and general old school gaming blogs out there.
  • Mythmere Games, a startup group who have done an admirable job with their attempt at a clone set of OD&D-style rules, Swords & Wizardry..

Companion Booklets and Other OD&D Resources

Please note that my PDF booklets are designed to be printed using the booklet printing feature in Acrobat/Acrobat Reader, with the cover printed separately. To do this, simply select "Booklet Printing" in your main print screen under "Page Scaling." Then, under "Pages," enter 2-x, where x is the last page of the booklet. This will print the entire booklet interior, leaving the cover unprinted (and will save you 3 blank pages at the end of the booklet). When you've done this, print just the cover. This time, under Page Scaling select "Multiple Pages per Sheet," and make sure you have checked "Horizontal Reversed." Then set it to print only page 1. This will spit out the cover for you.

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