Player's Handbook


 
 

by Col_Pladoh


THE GAME
CREATING THE PLAYER CHARACTER
CHARACTER ABILITIES
CHARACTER RACE
CHARACTER CLASSES
ALIGNMENT
CHARACTER HIT POINTS
ESTABLISHING THE CHARACTERS
CHARACTER LANGUAGES
MONEY
EQUIPPING THE CHARACTER
ARMOR
WEAPONS
HIRELINGS
HENCHMEN
DISTANCE
MONSTER, THE TERM
CHARACTER SPELLS
SPELL TABLES
SPELL EXPLANATIONS
SPELL CASTING
THE ADVENTURE
EXPERIENCE
POISON
SUCCESSFUL ADVENTURES
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APPENDICES
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Monster Manual
Player's Handbook
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Dungeon Master's Guide
Deities & Demigods

PREFACE +
FOREWORD +

INTRODUCTION +
THE GAME +

CREATING THE PLAYER CHARACTER +

CHARACTER ABILITIES +
    Strength +
    Intelligence +
    Wisdom +
    Dexterity +
    Constitution +
    Charisma +

CHARACTER RACES +
    Dwarves +
    Elves +
    Gnomes +
    Half-Elves +
    Halflings +
    Half-Orcs +
    Humans +
    Racial Preferences - <UA>

CHARACTER CLASSES +
    Cleric +
        Druid +
    Fighter +
        Paladin +
        Ranger +
    Magic-User +
        Illusionist +
    Thief +
        Assassin +
    Monk +
    The Multi-Classed Character +
    The Character with Two Classes +

ALIGNMENT +

CHARACTER HIT POINTS +

ESTABLISHING THE CHARACTER +

CHARACTER LANGUAGES +

MONEY +
    The Monetary System +
    Money Changing, Banks, Loans and Jewelers +

EQUIPPING THE CHARACTER +

ARMOR +

WEAPONS +
    Weight and Damage by Weapon Type +

HIRELINGS +

HENCHMEN +

TIME +

DISTANCE +

MONSTER, THE TERM +

CHARACTER SPELLS +

SPELL TABLES +
    Clerics +
    Druids +
    Magic-Users +
    Illusionists +

SPELL EXPLANATIONS +
    Clerics +
    Druids +
    Magic-Users +
    Illusionists +

SPELL CASTING +

THE ADVENTURE +
    Dungeon Expeditions +
    Outdoor Exploration +
    Town Adventures +
    Encumbrance +
    Movement -- Time & Distance Factors +
    Light +
    Infravision +
    Ultravision +
    Silent Movement +
    Invisible Movement +
    Surprise +
    Traps, Tricks, and Encounters +
        Traps +
        Tricks +
        Encounters +
    Initiative +
    Communication +
    Negotiation +
    Combat +
        Turning Undead +
        Magical Control +
        Spell Combat  +
        Breath Weapon Attacks +
        Magical Device Attacks +
        Missile Discharge +
        Melee Combat +
        Example of Combat +
    Combat Procedures +
        Saving Throw +
        Armor Class +
        First Strike +
        Weapon Factors +
        Monster Attack Damage +
        Attack & Saving Throw Matrices +
    Damage +
    Falling Damage +
    Healing +
    Obedience +
    Morale +
    Mapping +
    Organization +

EXPERIENCE +

POISON +

SUCCESSFUL ADVENTURES +

APPENDICES

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APPENDIX I. PSIONICS +
    Psionic Ability +
    Psionic Powers +
        Attack Modes +
        Defense Modes +
    Psionic Disciplines +
        Minor (Devotions) ^
        Major (Sciences) ^
    Psionic Combat +
    Multiple Psionic Operations +
    Use of Psionic Powers +
    Recovery of Psionic Strength Points +

APPENDIX II. BARDS +
    Bard Abilities +
    Bard Race +
    The Class +
    Bards +

APPENDIX III. CHARACTER ALIGNMENT GRAPH <>

APPENDIX IV. THE KNOWN PLANES OF EXISTENCE +
    The Inner Planes +
    The Outer Planes +
    Ethereal Travel +
    Astral Travel +
    Ethereal and Astral Combat +

APPENDIX V. SUGGESTED AGREEMENTS FOR THE DIVISION OF TREASURE +



 


clore wrote:
I was thinking in 1st edition AD&D terms.
 


Just as I assumed, and a healthy bonus that is!


Gary
 
 

Darius wrote:
Have you ever gotten letters of people saying how AD&D ruined their life? Just curious as to what those would be.
'I spent all day and night playing and thinking of AD&D so I never noticed when my wife and kids left me . . ."
 


Absolutely not, never a single one.
On a poll I had up on my old website the ratings were something like this:

Did very positively affect me 30%
Did positively affect me 50+%
Did not affect me 17%
Did negatively affect me 2%
Did very negatively affect me (less than) ,5%

Actual results from c. 800 respondents lost when the website crashed.

Cheerio,
Gary
 

Quote:
Have you ever gotten letters of people saying how AD&D ruined their life? Just curious as to what those would be.
'I spent all day and night playing and thinking of AD&D so I never noticed when my wife and kids left me . . ."
 

I could make a go at this.
I girl I dated as a teenager was murdered in what the culprit described as a Satanic sacrifice.
(I do not remember if I actually met him, but I do recall seeing him around before the murder and specifically seeing him with her.)
The killing wasn't done in a ritual fashion or anything, but he seemed crazy enough that I believe he meant that seriously.
AD&D played a part in his beliefs to the extent that he sued the prison for religious discrimination when they took his Players Handbook away as a punishment.
So I could actually claim that the game played a significant role in the murder of someone I cared about.

Of course, I don't believe that the game bears any real responsibility for the crime.
Someone as crazy as he was, with his insanity further fueled by methamphines, can lock onto practically anything to build up their psychotic worldview.
That, I might mention, includes some crazy Christians who have spread rumors about this case, asserting that the murderer and his accomplice not only performed a ritual Satanicsacrifice but videotaped it as a snuff film and distributed it.
(The basis for this rumor seems to be the videotaped confession, where the murderer did a sort of walkthrough describing the crime.)
Now, that really does disturb me.

_________________
Dan Clore
 
 


Dan,

You are clearly unfamiliar with mental health, not a professional in that field.

Your assertion that the AD&D game was directly related to a murder is compleely withpit a basis in fact and thus wholly without merit.
In fact that unfounded claim is near to liabelous speech.
If Wizards of the Coast were to read what you posted, I suspect that you would receive a cease and desist letter from their attorney instantr.

Clearly the perp of the mmurder was psychotic to begin with, and the RPG in question was simply an adjunct to his psychosis.
If he drank Coca Cola or Mountain Dew, ate Cheetoes, and smoked Lucky Strikes while listening to heavy metal mucic,
no rational person would suggest that those were factors in his violent, anti-social behavior.

For your information neither is playing a role-playing game.
This has been substantiated in law.

Do be more reasoned in your statments hereafter.

Gary
 

clore wrote:
Gary, I said:

Quote:
Of course, I don't believe that the game bears any real responsibility for the crime.
Someone as crazy as he was, with his insanity further fueled by methamphines, can lock onto practically anything to build up their psychotic worldview.

I intended that to express precisely the same argument that you (rightly) make in defense of the game. We don't disagree on this issue at all.

(I seem to have misspelled methamphetamines rather badly, though.)

Sorry for usiing you as a straw man in this matter, but the subject is one that I take every opportunity to speak out about...
even if the response is to a message that doesn't attack the RPG as fangerous in any way.

As for the spelling error, all I can say is that it is a pity that board posts can not be spell checked easily... 

Cheerio,
Gary
 

Darius wrote:
Well it is nice to know that you have a 93% approval rating, maybe you should run for office.

Although this discussion is reminding me of this woman in New Orleans that took Vampire a too seriously and she wasn't a meth head and held a normal 9-5 business job.


 


Hey, Over on the Baldur's Gate website they did a poll about my adventure scenario designs and I had only a 70% + approval rating.
Of coourse in an electiuon that would be a landslide.

As for the woman that held a normal job, that does not mean she was not mentally abnormal now, does it?

Cheerio,
Gary
 


Clore,

I did say that I used you as a straw man, no?

Your post was of questionable merit though, considering the history of baseless attacks against the game.

I am by no means a qualified mental health professional either, but I have spoken personally with a number of such individuals and was part of a seminar on "The Role of Fantasy in the Development of the Adolescent and Pre-Adolescent Child" presented at a meeting of the Combined Academies of American and Canadian Child Psychologists, thereafter speaking to memebrs of the Washington School of Psycology.

Cheers,
Gary

P.S. When a spellchecker does not have a word in its dictionary, you can easily have it added, thus "educating" it to a more complex vocabularly and at the same time helping to avoid errors in your compositions...
 

clore wrote:

I find simply proofreading to be much more efficient than constantly clicking "add" to the spellchecker because it doesn't have common words like "wgah'nagl", "dweomercraeft", or "fhtagn". (Obviously I didn't bother to proofread the post with "methamphines".)

Seriously, though...

Proofreading your own material is never as good as having another human look it over after the spell checking program has caught the obvious errors.
Mistakes the writer makes are usually not spotted by that individual, or they would not have made them in the first place.

As an author i very much appreciate a good editor 

Cheers,
Gary
 

clore wrote:
Don't know about that. I only have one book to my name (published, anyway), but in my experience any editing usually introduces errors rather than correcting them.
 


Your experience is certainly with bad editors. I have had both sorts.

Cheers,
Gary
 

clore wrote:
Quote:
Your experience is certainly with bad editors.
I have had both sorts.
 

But never one good enough to catch egregious misspellings of common words like "dero", "dinichthys", "doppelganger", "erinnyes", "lemur", "tarasque", and "Tartarus"? 
 


Frankly, sir...

You are a bore.

Did it ever occur to you that some words are not as others have spelled them so as to make the attached monster information unique?

That aside, I was speaking primarily of fiction editors.
Have you ever written any fiction that was published?

Gary
 
 
 
 
 

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Mr. Reaper wrote:
Hey Gary, I don't know if you've been asked this before, but I'm curious...

Why "Col Pladoh" ?
 


Heh...

I have been asked that a couple of times awhule back, but nor a problem answering the question again.

the Colonel part is for me being a genuine Kentucky Colonel...which I don't take too seriously.
To reinforce that, I always played Col. Mustard when we played a Clue game.
The Pladoh is a sort of a spoof on Plato...a most malleable version of game.

Cheers,
Gary
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mythmere1
Hi again, Colonel. I have a question about Castle Zagyg.
Will it contain the room that's depicted on the front cover of the AD&D Players Handbook -- the horned idol with the jeweled eyes?
Or was that room just invented by DAT?


That particular scene was indeed the creation of the fertile imagination of Tramp.

Have you ever noticed that virtually all of the persons depicted are in the likeness of Dave Trampier?
There is one dweeb-like chap on the back cover though that has a certain resemblance to your's truly back 30 years ago 

Cheers,
Gary
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin Mayle
Hi Gary, Do you recall what Dave Sutherland based the demon idol statue on the cover of the original Player's Handbook on?


The illustration to which you refer was done by Dave Trampier, one of my favorite artists.

Tramp had a most fertile imagination,
and I suspect the inspiration for the idol was a Baal idol of the Carthaginians or other Phonecians.

Cheers,
Gary
 

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