Friday, August 12, 2011

Rules Cyclopedia and OD&D

Here is a very interesting quote I discovered from Dave Arneson.  In his opinion, it appears, Rules Cyclopedia "Mentzer" D&D still qualifies as "OD&D".  Though I realize there are many legitimate differences, and each player or DM has his own reason for making distinctions, recent play of B/X and AD&D 1e support Dave's grouping.  I find that, at least according to the aspects I'm interested in, B/X, Mentzer, Holmes, and OD&D feel almost the same.  AD&D, on the other hand, has a distinctly different feel.

Here's the quote:

 Re: If you could own only one game, what would it
« Result #8 on Mar 2, 2009, 9:02pm »

D&D Rules Cyclopedia. I has almost everything set down for an OD&D game.
Harold Johnson is to be highly praised as the one responsible.

Dave Arneson
"Dark Lord of Game Design"