Thursday, June 4, 2009

The New AD&D Campaign: Where Have We Been?


Well, I am beginning a new AD&D campaign. I was rolling up some characters the other night, and I was struck by how damned easy and fast it was. Sorry, 3X, etc, don't hold a candle! It took me 5 minutes per character. I was amused that for example, the weapons and equipment--that so often alters all kinds of things in other systems--has very little affect upon the AD&D character sheet. I can remember well spending large blocks of time figuring out the effects of various gear, whole sections of skills, stat blocks for followers and animals--all of this takes literally but minutes with AD&D. It was quite an eye-opener! I was sitting there, smoking one of my fine cigars, and I just laughed out loud in joy at how easy and fast it all was! It was like I had found the Holy Grail or something! I was just blown away that I had been spending years working on stuff--and dealing with the ever-growing problems of everything taking up more and more time, it seemed...when all along I had a solution right there on my bookshelf!

I recall how my players would insist on making up their characters with the computer, typically using Word and some kind of character-generator, or at least a pre-made character template. Paper and Pencil? Forgettaboutitt!!!

I laughed as I remembered how much time working up just one character could take, and as I gazed at my notebook sheet with the AD&D character jotted down, in moments--I thought to myself, "Damn, dude...where have we been all these years? We've been wanting this stuff to go like this forever!"

Where have we been, indeed.

Semper Fidelis,



  1. Ain't it great? You can write your character on an index card!

  2. Greetings!

    Hey Matt! Yep, everything is much simpler, and requires far less bookkeeping and work all around! Great stuff!

    And, welcome my friend! Thank you for the commentary!

    Semper Fidelis,