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A comparative history of Dungeons & Dragons - AD&D - 1977

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A comparative history of Dungeons & Dragons - AD&D - 1977

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 BECMI D&D

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

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons was first published in 1977 and served as an ‘advanced’ and ‘definitive’ version of Dungeons and Dragons for players to play who had graduated with the ‘basic’ set.  

The game split into the iconic 3 books, The Players Handbook, The Dungeon Master Guide and The Monster Manual. This pattern has stayed the same for D&D to this day.

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A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons - BECMI 1983

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A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons - BECMI 1983

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 player and DM booklet, mirroring the Players and Dungeon Master Guide format in AD&D. 

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

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

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.

Basic & Expert often referred to as simply B/X is the ‘mother’ to the 'OSR' movement.  The vast majority of OSR games in some way derive from the mechanics, aesthetics or principles inherent to B/X. 

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

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

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. 

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A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons – 0E D&D

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A comparative history of Dungeons and Dragons – 0E D&D

In this series of articles I will be exploring the differences and similarities between every edition of Dungeons and Dragons.

In this first article we’ll be looking at 0E D&D the game that started it all. 

0E Dungeons & Dragons - 1974 

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