- Original Dungeons & Dragons (oD&D)
- Swords and Wizardry (S&W) available for free here
- S&W is a retro-clone of the original D&D from 1974 with rules clarifications and some additions. The original booklets were a bit obscure and also assumed familiarity with miniature games and the Chainmail ruleset for combat. S&W is rewritten and much easier to understand. Still, it is a simulacrum of the original D&D and you can dungeon-crawl to your heart and play the old modules.
Why? you ask do I prefer these two rule sets. I would say because I’m a minimalist when it comes to rules. I’m more into the storytelling side of role-playing and work very hard to ensure my players aren’t roll-players. I strive to develop the imagination of my players. I want them to reach down deep inside and define their reaction to the current situation. I’m not big on total party kills (TPKs), I big on total party successes (TPSs). My desire is to challenge the players and their characters but keep them coming back for more.
Another reason is because they can get into role-playing with a very minimal outlay. The rules can be obtained free, a set of dice is probably the extent of the expenditure.
- oD&D: Men & Magic – Book 1
- oD&D: Monsters & Treasure – Book 2
- oD&D: The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures – Book 3
- oD&D: Greyhawk – Supplement 1
- oD&D: Blackmoor – Supplement 2
- oD&D: Gods, Demi-Gods, and Heroes – Supplement 3
- oD&D: Eldritch Wizardry – Supplement 4
- Swords & Spells (TSR)
- Chainmail, 3rd Edition (TSR)
- Swords & Wizardry Complete
- Judges’ Guild: Wilderlands of High Fantasy, 1st ed.
- Judges’ Guild: City State of the Invincible Overlord, 1st ed.
- Chaosium: All the World’s Monsters, Vol 1, 2, and 3, 1st ed.
I realize that it may be difficult to come upon a copy of the 1st edition Judges Guild materials. Both have been reprinted and you are welcome to use them but there are some discrepancies between the two so please check with me first to make sure something is actual canon from 1st edition or it has been changed in the reprints.