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Arnold Hendrick (Darklands, Barbarian Prince) Reviews D&D

Discussion in 'The Gazebo' started by MRY, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. MRY Prestigious Gentleman Wormwood Studios Developer

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    This is so weird and so awesome. It's from 1974. Hat-tip: some dude on twitter, to some blog, to EN World.

    "Play in person is usually impossible"!

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    It is doubly funny because while Hendrick didn't quite get tabletop RPGs (and based on OD&D's lack of proper editing, who can blame him?), Saint Gary also missed the point and went absolute apeshit over the review, writing a response thundering with invective from the hallowed bully pulpit of Dragon Magazine. :lol:

    Also note the bitching about prices ($10 for the whole set would be $50 in 2016, and the box didn't come with polyhedral dice).
     
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    Here's Gygax's response:
    I love the heavy cavalry line, if only because it reminded me so much of my nitpicking of Tyranny's historicity. :)
     
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    To Hendrick's credit, if you read the LBBs without any knowledge of the accreted conventions that we take for granted now, it would be nearly impossible to figure out how to play the game just by reading what's there (unless you were a war gamer).

    I can't remember where I read it, but I seem to recall a Tim Kask interview, where he was talking about how the game varied wildly in the way it was played from group to group, table to table. This is partly what prompted the Moldvay and Holmes versions, and then Gary wanting to do his AD&D revision (which also had the side benefit of screwing Dave Arneson out of royalties).
     
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