I have a stack of B/X rulebooks. They typically are scattered around the house never far from reach - much to my wife's delight. Last night I picked up the red basic rulebook and flipped it open to the very beginning - the Forward.
The Forward was written by Tom Moldvay and consists of seven short paragraphs. The entire Forward takes up about 2/3's of a page. I have read this many times in the past but this time I specifically noticed a few things that I found interesting - your milage may vary ;)
1. The first paragraph is a short introduction to a scene about saving a princess from a dragon. The scene is concluded in the final two paragraphs. When the scene concludes it does so in a way that appears impossible to replicate in the given ruleset - ie killing the dragon with a single blow.
2. I find the second paragraph very interesting for two reasons. a) it gives credit to the Original D&D rules and stresses how Mr. Moldvay tried to hew closely to that rules original intent, and b) it describes how a closely D&D is to a movie or novel - this would draw a lot of ire from the OSR now.
3. Mr. Moldvay identifies the need for a re-written version due to the difficulty for new gamers to understand the Original D&D rules.
The Expert rulebook doesn't have a Forward.
I think that I may try to make it through the other sections of both of the books and post any comments, thoughts (as spares as those might be), and/or reactions.
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