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    Ask me anything about Holmes Basic D&D (1977)

    Work on my new adventure for Holmes Basic/OD&D has been sporadic, but I have written new areas since the last update I made here: Area #11: Stream Tunnel Area #12: The Bubbly Area #13: Twisty Passages And one writeup of a new monster found in Area #12: The Slurry I currently have 24...
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    On the Zenopus Archives, I highlight the newest episode of the long-running Fear of a Black...

    On the Zenopus Archives, I highlight the newest episode of the long-running Fear of a Black Dragon OSR/FRPG podcast, which is dedicated to the Tower of Zenopus, the sample dungeon from the Holmes Basic D&D rulebook. Fear of a Black Dragon podcast: Tower of Zenopus
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    Ask me anything about Holmes Basic D&D (1977)

    On the Zenopus Archives, I highlight the newest episode of the long-running Fear of a Black Dragon OSR/FRPG podcast, which is dedicated to the Tower of Zenopus, the sample dungeon from the Holmes Basic D&D rulebook. In the second half, they discuss what elements to include in a sample adventure...
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    D&D Archaeology: 10 second combat rounds

    To this excellent answer, I'll just add that 10 second rounds were also in the Warlock Supplement (1975) that Holmes started with, and also TSR's own Metamorphosis Alpha, which was published in 1976, the year before Holmes Basic, and Holmes likely encountered when it was released, since he was...
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    Ask me anything about Holmes Basic D&D (1977)

    Today on the Zenopus Archives, I've got d12 random encounters for The Forgotten Smugglers' Cave, my old school D&D dungeon-in-progress. With another fantastic illustration by Lore Suto (https://twitter.com/loresuto)...
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    Ask me anything about Holmes Basic D&D (1977)

    AsenRG, The short answer is that there wasn't an edition of "D&D" per se with 3d6 attribute checks as a standard mechanic - it was something used in The Fantasy Trip. However, there were some ad hoc 3d6-roll under attribute checks in OD&D and AD&D in 1970s, and a reference to a house rule...
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    Over on the Zenopus Archives, I share Jim Ward's story about why later printings of the Holmes...

    Over on the Zenopus Archives, I share Jim Ward's story about why later printings of the Holmes Basic set included chits instead of dice: https://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2021/11/jim-ward-on-why-of-chits.html
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    Ask me anything about Holmes Basic D&D (1977)

    Over on the Zenopus Archives, I share Jim Ward's story about why later printings of the Holmes Basic set included chits instead of dice: https://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2021/11/jim-ward-on-why-of-chits.html
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    Jon Peterson's Game Wizards - The Epic Battle for D&D

    My copy arrived today as well:
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    As promised earlier, a closer look at Sutherland's painting for the Holmes Basic set box cover...

    As promised earlier, a closer look at Sutherland's painting for the Holmes Basic set box cover: https://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2021/10/sutherland-dragon-details.html
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    The iconic painting for the original D&D Basic Set is on display in a museum!

    Reminder, this exhibit is on display through Halloween! ‍:skeleton: It will later be at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN from May 20 to September 5, 2022, and then at the Flint Institute of Art in Flint, MI from September 23, 2002 through January 8, 2023. And as promised...
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    Thank you, Voros!

    Thank you, Voros!
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    Today marks ten years of exploring with underworld of Holmes Basic D&D with the Zenopus Archives...

    Today marks ten years of exploring with underworld of Holmes Basic D&D with the Zenopus Archives blog! To mark the occasion, I've got a "Collector's Edition" post up: Ten Years of the Zenopus Archives
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    Ask me anything about Holmes Basic D&D (1977)

    Today marks ten years of exploring with underworld of Holmes Basic D&D with the Zenopus Archives blog! To mark the occasion, I've got a "Collector's Edition" post up: Ten Years of the Zenopus Archives
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    The Ruined Tower of Zenopus is currently just $1.39 (about 30% off) thru September 7th as part...

    The Ruined Tower of Zenopus is currently just $1.39 (about 30% off) thru September 7th as part of DMs Guild's "September Starter" sale: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/301308/The-Ruined-Tower-of-Zenopus?affiliate_id=53395
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