I mention the late great Ronnie James because his work with Sabbath & solo career were both flying high around the time I was getting into D&D. "Holy Diver" & "Heaven & Hell" both stick in my head as a soundtrack to many of our gaming sessions.
So lets check out the Basic & Expert D&D rule books this week...when I started playing the AD&D hardcover books were all published...these new additions were purchased at the same time as AD&D....and were integrated into our campaign as one game....
The Original "Red Book"...the "Moldvay Basic" rulebook. Edited by Tom Moldvay...this was TSR's attempt to make D&D more accessible to a younger audience....and it worked! Like the older "Holmes Basic Book" it only covered up to 3rd level for characters...but there would be more to come! Awesome cover art by Erol Otus!
Nice intro by Tom Moldvay & a great list of thanks...check out Ernie Gygax & Jim Ward getting their props!
2 very cool works by David S LaForce....always liked the Gal & Guy dreaming up their characters!
The great Erol Otus....great looking weapons! Probably influenced our weapon choice as much as the movie "The Sword & The Sorcerer" did! Rules were open ended enough to still allow for expansion...we started making our own spells & magic items with these rules! All sorts of magical swords were being produced!
Nice reproduction of a Character sheet...we laid out our characters just like this example...didn't get the actual sheets until much later in our careers!
A buxom warrior thanks to the brilliant Jeff Dee!
I always loved Otus' sense of humor....the coins leaking out of the fighters cloth sack...as an example of "Encumberance"!
Very well done drawing showing the various "breath weapon" shapes of various Dragons...just what a young DM needed to him him visualize!
My favorite drawing in the book! These 3 remind me of the Wizards in "Wizard City" in the cartoon ADVENTURE TIME! Dig home Otus has his name on the bottle of magical potion!
" In shadow, we find the light,
Another Ebay purchase & another 1st printing! Score one for the home team!