The Moldvay Basic/Expert D&D was my first RPG and although I was away from it for some decades I’m recently back at it. This is the game I’m running and the experiments I am undertaking with this fantastic engine.

Dungeons & Dragons Basic Cover (BECMI)

Dungeons & Dragons Basic Cover (BECMI)

The exact rule publications I have in hand are the Basic PDF and Expert PDF available from dndclassics.com.


About the world I am using. This is purely academic.

  • World
  • Races
  • Mage clans
  • Assassins’ Guild
  • Thieves’ Guild

Closely-Read Rules

Reading the rules quite closely reveals surprising features. I now believe this game is primarily about sneaking around. Everybody sneaks; everybody hides. Surprise is everything.

  • Surprise
  • Hearing noises
  • Moving quietly
  • Hiding
  • Dealing with traps


Some of these are inventions and some are forms of very closely read rules.

  • Skill tests
  • Faith
  • Morale expanded
  • Mortality
  • Sorcery
  • Fighter criticals
  • Encumbrance
  • Wands and staves
  • Attrition