Tagged: TSR

Creating a “Best of TSR D&D” Rulebook?

Creating a “Best of TSR D&D” Rulebook?

Most old school D&D players realize that it is fairly easy to use an adventure written for one version of TSR D&D with the rules for a different version of TSR D&D. While each version (OD&D, Holmes D&D, 1e, B/X, BECMI, 2e, and RC) are different enough to be separate games, they have...

Garage Sale Finds Given to RetroRolePlaying Cancer Fund Donors

Garage Sale Finds Given to RetroRolePlaying Cancer Fund Donors

I made an interesting find a garage sale last week. I was headed home from the supermarket when I saw a garage sale that looked like it had some old D&D stuff. Despite having milk in the car I stopped. I was right, I had seen a badly water-damaged AD&D 1e Monster Manual...

Lords & Wizards Back on Track

Lords & Wizards Back on Track

I’m happy to say that with two sessions of Lords & Wizards based on Swords & Wizardry and Labyrinth Lord (instead of on ACKS), we seem to be back on track. We are spending time playing instead of trying to fight the proficiency system or worrying about what level of treasure is too...

New Random Wizard TSR Interview: David Cook

New Random Wizard TSR Interview: David Cook

Random Wizard has done another great interview with a former TSR employee, David “Zeb” Cook this time. The topics include Basic/Expert D&D, X1 Isle of Dread, Tom Moldvay, Conan RPG, Indiana Jones RPG, player feedback surveys during the design of 2e, Ruins of Adventure, SSI, and more computer games. David Cook Interview The...

Another TSR Interview: Skip Williams

Another TSR Interview: Skip Williams

Random Wizard has done another good interview with a former TSR employee. This time its Skip Williams talking about his first adventure, his early days at TSR, his thoughts on 4th edition, his recent work for WotC, and what he has been up to lately. Skip Williams Interview Skip worked on a lot...

More TSR Interviews: James Ward and Rick Krebs

More TSR Interviews: James Ward and Rick Krebs

Random Wizard has done another set of very interesting interviews with former TSR employees, both friends of Gary Gygax. This time James Ward (author of Metamorphosis Alpha and Gamma World) talks about Gary,and working at TSR. Rick Krebs (author of GangBusters) talks about Gary, the development process of Gangbusters, and the role of...

Help Gary Gygax’s Son Ernie Recover From A House Fire

Help Gary Gygax’s Son Ernie Recover From A House Fire

I’m sure almost everyone in the Old School Gaming Community has held that in mid-February Ernest “Ernie” Gary Gygax Jr. (pictured at right) had a house fire at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He, his room mate Scott, and his dog were all okay, but lost all of their possessions in the...

More TSR Interviews: Jennell Jaquays and Clyde Caldwell

More TSR Interviews: Jennell Jaquays and Clyde Caldwell

Random Wizard has done another set of very interesting interviews with former TSR employees: This time Jennell Jaquays talks about working for Judges Guild (and working on Dark Tower), TSR, ID Games, etc. and Clyde Caldwell talks about working at TSR in the 1980s. Jennell Jaquays Interview Clyde Caldwaell Interview The Brown Box/Wee...

Blackmoor’s Temple of the Frog Available as a PDF

Blackmoor’s Temple of the Frog Available as a PDF

It looks like WOTC has released this week’s PDFs. The first one to catch my attention is DA2 Temple of the Frog (for BECMI). TSR lured Dave Arneson back in the mid-1980s to co-write four Blackmoor-based modules, the “DA” series. All for were excellent adventures that did a good job of bringing Blackmoor...