Old People Playing Old Games
January 16, 2012 9:48 AM Subscribe
I'm planning an old-school 1st Edition AD&D gaming session for April. I haven't played AD&D, or tabletop gamed, for nearly 20 years. I still have all the materials required to set up and play the game with friends, but I'm worried that I'll be under-prepared for the session. Do you have any suggestions for ramping up?
posted by thanotopsis to sports, hobbies, & recreation (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've taken a quick look through my material, and for nostalgia's sake, my prospective players have agreed that we should go through the Giants-Drow series of modules from TSR.
If I recall correctly, the real difficulty of 1st Edition was its archaic nature, particularly in that you have to have inside knowledge of where to find the proper tables and whatnot, but otherwise it was fly-by-the-seat of your pants gaming, just like the other editions. For some reason, I still remember that on page 85 of the DM's Guide are the XP tables. /sigh
Perhaps that could be ameliorated through the use of a simplified THACO system borrowed from 2nd Edition, or something along those lines?
I have technology available to assist me, and all of my players have laptops/tablets/smart phones that we could leverage to bring a heightened awareness to the proceedings.
I was thinking of starting up a Wiki installation for the wireless LAN, and working through backgrounds for the characters and surrounding area on that.
Any other ideas that will assist me? My birthday is the 10th of April, and if I could do this for my birthday, I'd be pretty happy with it, but I'd hate to have it stumble to a complete halt while I realize that I've forgotten how to run a simple combat.