Probably the most useful of the bunch. This document crams all the essential information for AD&D spells in just a few pages. Contains detail on range, duration, casting time, spell components, etc. So far, I have:
I always have trouble working out which spells magic-user characters can and cannot learn. It's a horrendous bookkeeping mess. However, I like the idea that not every magic-user will know sleep, charm person, etc. but will have some of the wonkier spells, like fool's gold and write.
To make the bookkeeping a bit easier, I went up and wrote up a sheet listing every magic-user spell in the player's handbook with a little box next to each spell. The idea is that if the box is checked, the spell is in the character's spell book. Cross off any unknowable spells.
LINK HERE - download it, otherwise it's nearly unreadable.
I wrote this up to give new players an overview of each of the AD&D classes. High level abilities aren't always included. In Segeo UI font, it fits cleanly on one page and is easily readable.
Note that the bard has been rewritten as a first level class. My games rarely make it that high, so I figured I would throw those players a bone and let them go for it right off the bat.
Bards, [ask for handout] (12 intelligence, 12 dexterity, 15 charisma) – Bards are
wandering musicians and storytellers, combining combat, thievery, and magic.
Bards can inspire allies and charm NPCs with their music, know a large number
of languages, and have a knack for legends and lore, which may even allow them
to identify certain magic items.
Cleric, pg 20 (9 wisdom; non-True Neutral alignment) - Clerics bear a certain resemblance to
religious orders of knighthood of medieval times. They are skilled combatants
but are forbidden by their religious codes from using edged and/or pointed
weapons that shed blood. For their dedication, clerics are granted a
number of protective/curative spells and the ability to turn away undead.
Druid, pg 20 (12 wisdom, 15 charisma; True Neutral alignment) – Druids
are a sub-class of cleric that can be visualized as medieval cousins of what
the ancient Celtic sect would have become had it survived the Roman conquest.
While similar to the cleric’s, druid spells are more offensive in nature and
attuned to the outdoors, but their spell casting ability power is spoiled by
metal armor. They are limited to the club, dagger, dart, hammer, scimitar,
sling, spear, and staff.
Fighter, pg 22 (9 strength, 7 constitution) – Fighters are the best
all-around combatants, processing skill with many weapons and increasing
quickly in level.
Paladin, pg 22 (12 strength, 9 intelligence, 13 wisdom, 9
constitution, 17 charisma; Lawful Good alignment) – A sub-class of fighter, paladins
take on a strict code of conduct in exchange for the ability to detect evil at a distance of 60’, make
all saving throws at +2, are immune to all forms of disease, may lay on hands to cure 2 hp per level each
day, cure disease once per week per 5
experience levels, and emanate continuous protection
Ranger, pg 25 (13 strength, 13 intelligence, 14 wisdom, 14
constitution; any Good alignment) – Rangers are a sub-class of fighter adept at
woodcraft and giant-slaying. Rangers add +1 per level to melee damage against “giant
class” foes, surprise opponents 50% of the time in the wilderness and have only
a 1 in 6 chance to be surprised themselves. Finally, rangers may track foes in
outdoor and underground dungeon settings.
Magic-User, pg 25 (9 intelligence, 6 dexterity) – Magic-users draw
upon arcane power in order to exercise powerful spells of an offensive,
informational, and utilitarian nature, but are very week combatants, unable to
use armor or any weapons besides the dagger, dart, or staff.
Illusionist, pg 26 (15 intelligence, 16 dexterity) – Illusionists
are a sub-class of magic-user, favoring glamour and phantasm to flashy,
offensive and utilitarian spells.
Thief, pg 26 (9 dexterity; any Neutral or Evil alignment) – Thieves
have a number of special skills: pick pockets,
open locks, find/remove traps, move
silently, hide in shadows, listen at doors, climb sheer surfaces, and (at 4th level) read languages. They may wear only leather armor, but may wield
clubs, daggers, darts, slings, and swords. In combat, thieves are most effective
when using stealth to backstab foes
for double damage. Finally all thieves know the secret ‘Thieves’ Cant’
Assassin, pg 28 (12 strength, 11 intelligence, 12 dexterity; any Evil
alignment) – Assassins are a sub-class of thief whose primary function is
killing. With surprise, an assassin may attack on the assassination table, which gives a roughly 50% of immediately dispatching
the victim. Furthermore assassins may use any weapon and are skilled in
disguise, spying, and gain the use (at 3rd level) of all the thief’s special
skills, albeit at a lower chance of success.
Monk, pg 30 (15 strength, 15 wisdom, 15 dexterity, 11 constitution;
any Lawful alignment) – Monks are monastic ascetics and wandering eastern
mystics. Monks may avoid missiles with a saving throw versus paralysis and gain
increased unarmored AC, movement speed, armed/unarmed damage, and a decreased
change of being surprised. Starting at 3rd level, monks also gain the use of
the thief’s special skills and an odd conglomeration of seemingly unrelated
special abilities of their own.
I've got a new game starting Monday. Mostly new players I've never gamed with but have know for a few years. I can't decide whether to use NGR or AD&D (light), but for now, I'm going to post some AD&D house rules and other resoureces I've written up over the years to make the game a little smother and less wonky.
AD&D House Rules
To generate stats, roll 4d6 six times, dropping the lowest die from each set. Arrange to taste. Or you can just assume you rolled 16, 15, 14, 13, 11, 6, add 1 point to any score.
No demi-humans, at least not without some persuading. Twelve classes and a plethora of spells and weapons should be more than enough to play around with. That and their extra abilities can b.e a bit overwhelming at first.
Roll hit points for first level. If the initial roll of the die (or dice for rangers and monks) is lower than the number given below, then the character is granted this number of hit points to begin his adventuring career:
Alignment is mostly of secondary concern. Just choose one that sounds OK to you, but don’t worry too much about it, unless you’re a paladin. Then you don’t get it so easy. Also, no masonic-like alignment languages. Note, however, that many magic items may only be used by characters of certain alignments.
Rangers are professional giant hunters, not Aragorn-protecting-civilization-from-the-wilderness types. As such they have no alignment restrictions or code of conduct and the bonus to damage vs. giant class foes may also be applied to missiles, but have only 1 HD at 1st level.
Magic-Users and Illusionists gain bonus spells as clerics, but with intelligence rather than wisdom as the governing stat. In exchange, all spell casters (including clerics and druids) may not prepare multiple copies of the same spell in a single payload.
A beginning Magic-User or Illusionist character will know four spells. One of these will automatically be read magic. The second is chosen by the player from the list in the player’s handbook. The final two will be randomly determined from the same list.
Coinage and Equipment 100 copper pieces = 10 silver pieces = 1 gold coin. It’s just easier to keep track of that way. Electrum coins are also common in ancient cashes found in ruins or other regions of the wild. Being a mix of silver and gold, two electrum pieces are equal to one gold coin.
Not all weapons and armor are created equal. Some are just better than others (longswords, flails, plate armor). These are assumed to be newer technologies, and, like all new technologies, will be surpassed in time. Ancient as they are, magic weapons and armor will be of earlier fashion – broad swords and rather than two-handed swords, battle axes instead of flails, glaives and spear instead of halberds, scale and leather instead of plate, and so on.
Armor versus weapon adjustments will be used only in when fighting human-type foes only, where armor can be accurately described by type. The to-hit adjustment will be based on the type of armor the opponent is wearing, not the opponent’s actual AC. So a character wearing leather +1 armor and wielding a shield, is considered to have AC 7 for the purposes of the armor versus weapon adjustment table, not AC 6.
Experience and Leveling
No training and related costs are requires to gain new levels.
Experience will be awarded for acquiring treasure, slaying monsters, and exploration. Treasure is worth 1 XP for every GP value, including magic items. Monsters and treasure have a set XP value based on their hit dice or rarity, respectively. Experience will also be awarded to characters who participate in finding new places/causing major events, arbitrarily based on how difficult it would be for a group at 1st-level.
Treasure spent with accordance to the character’s roll will also award additional XP. Clerics, Paladins, and Monks donating money to their church/order or giving money to the poor; Fighters, Rangers, and Thieves spending money building up their reputation or carousing at the local tavern; Magic-User and Illusionists researching new spells or improving their library; Druids performing sacrifices to the Old Gods; Assassin spending gold on training or reconnaissance; etc. would all quality.
Potions and scrolls are the most common magic items available, and may even be purchased in specific cases from major temples and greedy magicians – although their stock and selection will generally be extremely limited, and it’s not a sure bet they’ll have anything at all useful.
Magic armors, weapons, and artifacts are rare. Such items exist in stories and legends, but they are not common and quite ancient, made in times long passed (so no magical plate mail or long swords). If you find such items, there is no guarantee a magic-user with the “Identify” spell will be available to tell you about it. Such items are best learned through investigation, questioning sages, seeking lost knowledge, and some trial and error.