New Video Added - 1st Edition AD&D for New Players Part 7

We take a look at the power and versatility of the 1st edition AD&D Ranger, a class that was overhauled in 3rd edition onward, losing most of its unique strengths in exchange for lore-oriented animal themes.

I forgot to mention in the video that the 1st Ed. Ranger has no armor or weapon restrictions! (Page 19 Character Classes Table II: Armor and Weapons Permitted) That means in 1st edition, a full plate wearing, halberd totting, walking wave of giant cleaving death that has an attitude is 100% possible and encouraged.

We take a look at the power and versatility of the 1st edition AD&D Ranger, a class that was overhauled in 3rd edition onward, losing most of its unique strengths in exchange for lore-oriented animal themes. I forgot to mention in the video that the 1st Edition Ranger has no armor or weapon restrictions!

1st Edition AD&D for 5th Edition Players!

Click here to go to the 1st Edition video page

Click here to go to the 1st Edition video page

Here’s an in depth video series that shows you how to get started in 1st edition. This is a great starting place for players who love playing 5th edition, but want to see where the game really started out! It also makes a fun trip down memory lane for old school players. We go over how to get all the books, what you need, what you don’t, lots of high level concepts, and walk through the player’s handbook, ability scores, classes, spell systems everything!

Classes covered so far

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1st Edition Player’s Handbook

1st Edition Player’s Handbook

The Githyanki - From The Fiend Folio

The Githyanki - From The Fiend Folio

Links to all the PDFs at the Dungeon Master’s Guild.

Links to all the PDFs at the Dungeon Master’s Guild.


Season 2: Episodes 14, 15, and 16 - "Assault on Grugnur's Wassail"

A multi-part EPIC battle in the throne room of Grugnur, Lord of Frost Giants in the middle of his Christmas Wassail inside G2 -The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl.

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We go over the party's plan, strategy, and tactics to deal with Grugnur's Christmas Wassail! Classic _DM Links Patreon Page The HUB for everything! All content is FREE. Tons of updates, details, characters, story, and behind the scenes, and fun stuff for the player in us all. Support is optional.
A multi-part EPIC battle in the throne room of Grugnur, Lord of Frost Giants in the middle of his Christmas Wassail inside G2 -The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl! There will be blood! Classic _DM Links Patreon Page The HUB for everything! All content is FREE.
A multi-part EPIC battle in the throne room of Grugnur, Lord of Frost Giants in the middle of his Christmas Wassail inside G2 -The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl! Bloodbath! Classic _DM Links Patreon Page The HUB for everything! All content is FREE.

Spell Preparations

In these two videos we go through the spell preparations for Obscura, Antola, and Faoltiarna in detail and anticipation of the massive battle in the throne room of Grugnur, Lord of the Frost Giants!

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Faoltiarna sorts her spell list for the final battle, with an emphasis on area of effect and crowd control! Classic _DM Links Patreon Page The HUB for everything! All content is FREE. Tons of updates, details, characters, story, and behind the scenes, and fun stuff for the player in us all.
Like Faoltiarna, we run through the spells both Antola the cleric and Obscura the Illusionist might need for the final battle in G2! Classic _DM Links Patreon Page The HUB for everything! All content is FREE. Tons of updates, details, characters, story, and behind the scenes, and fun stuff for the player in us all.


DM's Guide Designing the Frost Giant Throne Room Encounter

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Let’s design the throne room encounter for G2, The Glacial Rift of the  Frost Giant Jarl. Grugnur, Lord of the Frost Giants has a Christmas wassail in full swing with visiting dignitaries, generals, and ambassadors.

In this behind the scenes show, we create these key enemies from scratch, talk about the balance, stat choices, pay respects to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3.5, Pathfinder, 4th, and 5th edition books as we custom tailor the details to maximize personality, challenge, and fear! 

Let's design the Throne Room encounter for G2, The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl. Grugnur, Lord of the Frost Giants has a Christmas wassail in full swing with visiting dignitaries, generals, and ambassadors.



Tamoachan meets Tulum!

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Let's do a quick and dirty jungle rocky coastline, inspired by a small section of the ruins of Tulum and the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan. Module  C2. Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city situated on 40-foot tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. 

Let's do a quick and dirty jungle rocky coastline, inspired by a small section of the ruins of Tulum and the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan. Module C2. Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city situated on 40-foot tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea Patreon Page The HUB for everything!

1st Edition AD&D for New Players Part 5 - The Fighter

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We continue our detailed look at the magic of 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons by running through the core melee class of all time - Fighter!  

The fighter is the foundation for all classes from all RPGs and CRPGs. From Ultima Online to EverQuest, Dark Age of Camelot, Asheron's Call,  EverQuest 2, Neverwinter, Guild Wars 1 & 2, Tera, Black Desert Online, Warhammer Online, and yes, even World of Warcraft. Every game owes a debt of gratitude to one column of text on page 22 of the Player's Handbook.

We continue our detailed look at the magic of 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons by running through the core melee class of all time - Fighter! The fighter is the foundation for all classes from all RPGs and CRPGs.

Season 2: Episode 11 - "The Magi"

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Our party deals with the Ogre Magi, right on the edge of the throne room. Mercede ends up charmed and things get chaotic fast!

Our party deals with the Ogre Magi, right on the edge of the throne room. Mercede ends up charmed and things get chaotic fast! Classic _DM Links Patreon Page The HUB for everything! All content is FREE. Tons of updates, details, characters, story, and behind the scenes, and fun stuff for the player in us all.

1st Edition AD&D - The Creative Power of the Druid

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Video part 4 is up of the Classic_DM video series, 1st Edition AD&D for New Players. This time we look at the incredible creativity and area of effect nastiness of the Druid class. 

This is a laid  back look giving 5e players who maybe never played 4th, 3.5,  Pathfinder, or even 2nd edition a sense of the magic of 1st edition,  originally released 40 years ago in 1978! Trying to get your hard core  MMO World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Neverwinter Nights, Black Desert Online, or old school EverQuest players to come learn where it all  began. Point them here!

An introduction to the 1st edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons for players old and new! Topic: The Druid Player's Handbook https://www.dmsguild.com/product/17003/Players-Handbook-1e?src=hottest_filtered&it=1&filters=45471_0_45381_0_0_45346_0_0 Classic _DM Links Patreon Page The HUB for everything! All content is FREE. Tons of updates, details, characters, story, and behind the scenes, and fun stuff for the player in us all.

Season 2: Episode 10 -"Eyes in the Dark"

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Obscura uses her invisibility spell to scout deeper into the icy caverns and stumbles into the Frost Giant Jarl, Grugnur's winter festival in full swing. Things get nasty quick as an Ogre Magi, blasts the group with a narrow Cone of Cold after charming Mercede. 


Obscura uses her invisibility spell to scout deeper into the icy caverns and stumbles into the Frost Giant Jarl, Grugnur's winter festival in full swing. Things get nasty quick as an Ogre Magic, flying drops out of his own invisibility and blasts the group with a narrow cone of cold after charming Mercede.

Season 2: Episode 9 - "The Box"

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Our party sets up a kill zone and wipes out multiple Frost Giant reinforcements, but something concealed in the shadows drifts right past them and no one even takes a second glance!   

What escaped the sharp mind of Obscura, the prowess of Elafonissi, or the wilderness instincts of Faoltiarna? We'll soon see, as Obscura prepares to scout south into the southern caverns under the guise of her invisibility spell, her Giant Slayer longsword humming in her mind acting as a translator.  

This could go very wrong. 

Battle Glass and Tokens Guide

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How I built my Battle Glass and all the player and enemy tokens for the  Classic_DM show. This video talks about all the details, walks you through the steps on how I made everything, and may inspire you to put your twist on things too! 

Bling Time! Table Top Generals - Local RPG Shop Loot!

Who sits on the throne of the Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl? Check inside the cool bag of loot I bought from Table Top Generals! Cool store! Awesome owner and really slick selection of RPG stuff, Wargames, Warhammer, and Warlord stuff. Always support your local shop! They help keep the games we love alive.

In this video we open up some cool Reaper Minis, check out the giants and the Drow we picked up and of course toss on some sloppy base colors like a happy kid!

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New Series! Learn to Play 1st Edition AD&D

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The other day I was chatting with a young coworker who loves D&D 5E, plays online with friends using roll20, but had no idea how cool 1st edition was. This series kicks off my evangelism to the forgotten beauty and simplicity of the 1st edition of Dungeons & Dragons, which back then was called Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.

It's 40 years since the Player's Handbook hit my hobby shop's shelf, so as a fun side venture, here's a new video series.