Original D&D: Where It All Started (The 1975 White Box in photos)

Wayne's Books

The Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game began as a set of three Little Brown Books in a small format box (1974-9), written by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

From there the very popular RPG would be revised repeatedly into different iterations. (In 1978-9, three different D&D rules sets were in print! TSR Hobbies had OD&D, Holmes Basic D&D, and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, all available for sale)

If you’re curious about the other editions, visit my RPG reference site, specifically the D&D and AD&D pages.

But back to the original set (OD&D). What I have today in photos is a 5th print White Box.

(The first three printings had faux woodgrain graphics. See photo left. They sell to collectors for thousands of dollars these days.)

Visit The Acaeum’s OD&D page to identify printings. Very detailed.

OD&D referred the player to the Chainmail book for…

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Cannibal Halfling Radio Episode 10 – Now Playing: Band of Blades Pt. 2

Cannibal Halfling Gaming

The Cannibal Halflings wrap up their tour of duty with the Band of BladesBlood soaks the ground in the forest outside Plainswood – but the Heavy, Sniper, Medic, and what’s left of the Silver Stags squad of the mercenary Legion press on in their assault against the undead (and turned) forces of the Cinder King. When they earn the personal attention of an enemy leader, however, they’ll have to depend on their luck to survive – and they’re not the only members of the Legion at risk.

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Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 39

Dyson's Dodecahedron

(Being a series of quick game notes trying to account for the events of many sessions of playing through The Enemy Within using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e rules.)

Session 39

Power Behind the Throne

  • Wilhelm [Wizard] – I 55
  • Wilfried [Forger] – I 53
  • Larry [Mercenary] – I 48
  • Gottlieb [Assassin] – I 43
  • Othmar [Spy] – I 46
  • Brother Nate [Cleric] – I44

Marktag Evening – the Garden Party

Originally the group sought invitations to the Garden Party as a chance to meet the movers and shakers of Middenheim. Now that the Garden Party is here, they find that the vast majority of these people are already known to them – and instead of introductions, the Garden Party is more of a means of showing that they at least seem to belong among this crowd.

As the group arrived from their meetings at the palace, they spotted both…

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A Monk Barbarian That Rests More Often

The Order of Syncletica

Yes, I know the title is a bit of clickbait for those who know the contradiction.

To be any Monk, you must have a Lawful alignment. This means that, of the many classes in Dungeons & Dragons Online (which bars the player use of Evil alignments right now), a Monk multiclassed with the Barbarian class is impossible.

With the latest DDO update released in preparation of the “Fables of the Feywild” expansion, a new player race appeared. At first news of it, I was rather “meh” about it since my interests were elsewhere in building up a new Monk archer, among other projects.

But then, one of the acolytes in my new mostly-Monk guild, The Syncletican Monastery on Ghallanda, appeared with a Monk of the Shifter race.

At first, I admit that the appearance threw me off. The Shifter has a very primal, animalistic look, not unlike that…

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Top PS4 Games – Under 4.99

Gamer Savings

Cheap PS4 Games – just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it. And cheap is not a dirty word. Some of the best PS4 games, games that hit the highest highs, are now sitting in a digital bargain bin, a deep Scrooge McDuck style treasure trove that we fully recommend you go swimming in.

How to find PSN deals
Skim the online deal section on a site like psdeals.com and you’ll find the occasional top tier games that dip below the 9.99 mark, all worthy of a purchase and all full of value but today I want to find titles that cost the same as a junk food meal but leaves me feeling full.

PS4 Hidden Gems
This super low price is sometimes found in the annual mega deals for some cracking titles but they last a week and once you miss it it’s gone. Today’s gems should be under a…

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Cerge 11.0

Micki's Delirium

Cerge has done 3 eTRs this life as a rogue and has finally gotten epic completionist. Normally I switch between Maidae and Cerge – TR one while leaving the other at cap, but now I want to keep Maidae at cap and TR Cerge again. For Cerge’s 11th life, I want to do a centered kensei monk with axe as main weapon. Here is the first draft of the build. Note, I don’t like doing enhancements in this planner, enhancements will be posted once I’ve done them on live.

This plan was made with the light planner, see: Character Builder Lite

Cerge 11
10/6/4 Monk/Fighter/Paladin
Lawful Good Purple Dragon Knight

Level Order 1. Fighter . . . . 6. Paladin. . . . 11. Monk . . . . . 16. Paladin 2. Fighter . . . . 7. Paladin. . . . 12. Monk . . . . . 17. Monk 3. Monk . . . . . .8. Fighter . . . .13. Fighter. . . . 18…

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Humble Homebrew: Anti-Mage Bola

The Dungeoneer's Journal

Sometimes pesky wizards seem to have an endless supply of spell slots, so I figured making something that can turn that glass cannon into a glass squirt gun. I think the DC could be increased, but considering a spellcaster is the target 14 keeps it possible to escape by their own strength but is still challenging. Otherwise I think this could be a really fun tool for players to turn the tide, or perhaps something to use against adventurers to have them run with their tail between their legs.



I think this is a perfect addition to any arsenal and was certainly fun to create for my own players. I hope plenty of you find it useful!

Thanks for reading Dungeoneers, I hope you enjoyed this new installment. If you enjoyed what you read please consider donating to my ko-fi! Till next time.

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