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An Exploration of Old School Tabletop Roleplaying Game Design Principles

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This is the introduction to a series of articles that will comparatively explore the slew of tabletop roleplaying games that have spawned from old school gaming movement. This is often known as the 'OSR' which means 'Old School Revival' or 'Old School Renaissance.'  This article will be discussing some of the key design principles that tie these many varied games together.

These roleplaying games are ostensibly inspired by the original versions of D&D such as original D&D, the Basic & Expert line of D&D as well as AD&D. You can read more about those here

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A comparative history of Dungeons & Dragons - AD&D 2nd Edition - 1989

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In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons. In the last article we looked at AD&D which you can read here. In this article we look at AD&D 2E. Launched in 1989, AD&D 2E was designed to consolidate the vast range of AD&D content in a brand new edition of the game. It was worked on by a team of designers at TSR led by David Cook and aimed to be compatible with AD&D whilst advancing further on the rules. It was published in the form of the Players...

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A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons - BECMI 1983

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  In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons. In the last article we looked at Basic & Expert D&D. In this article we are looking at BECMI launched in 1983. BECMI, compiled by Frank Mentzer and published from 1983 - 1986 is the ‘newest’ edition of the ‘Basic’ series of D&D rules. It’s named BECMI as it includes 5 separate sets. ‘Basic’, ‘Expert’, ‘Companion’, ‘Masters’ and ‘Immortal’  Basic & Expert would be further revised editions of the Moldvay Basic and Expert rules. The Basic Set would be split into a...

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A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons - Basic and Expert (B/X) D&D - 1981

Posted by Panayiotis Lines on

In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons.

In the last article we looked at Holmes Basic

In this article we are looking at Basic & Expert D&D launched in 1981.

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A comparative history of Dungeons & Dragons - Holmes Basic D&D - 1977

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In this series of articles we'll  be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons. In our last article we looked at 0E D&D. In this article we're looking at the Holmes Basic Set released in 1977. ‘Basic’ refers to the Dungeons and Dragons Basic rules set. The first D&D basic set was created in 1977 by Eric Holmes, a freelance game designer who created the rules set so that his children could learn to play the game. He then enquired with TSR if he could make it into an official rules set for the game, which...

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