These are my notes and thoughts on the Dungeons & DragonsTM role-playing game. I played D&D solidly for several years when I was in grade school in the 1980s, but since entering high school, my D&D games have been mainly short adventures or mini-campaigns. In the 00's, I played the 3.0 "Gambino Campaign" run by Mike Derry, and much later a run of Shackled City. I have only played a few one-shots of the 4th edition game, along with a dozen or so plays of the related boardgames (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, and Legend of Drizzt). Most of the links below concern the 3.0 or 3.5 edition.
D&D Adventure System Board Games
- Notes on the board games based on D&D that came out in 2010 and 2011, concurrent with 4th edition - "Castle Ravenloft" and "Wrath of Ashardalon".
Free 4th ed D&D Rules
- A collection of links to 4th ed D&D rules released free by WotC.
3.0 Player's Handbook Review
- This is my complete review of the D&D Players
Handbook, third (3.0) edition.
3.0 Dungeon Master's Guide Review
- This is my complete review of the D&D Dungeon Master's
Guide, third (3.0) edition.
- This is a discussion of dice probabilities for "best 3 out of
4d6" ability die rolls -- i.e. the standard for D&D3.0 or
method V for AD&D. It includes a complete probability table
for all six scores from highest to lowest.
- This is a table roughly comparing the stats of the various classes,
created around the time of the 3.0 release. It is handy for
getting an overview of what classes are like, although
obviously details are skipped. For amusement, see also:
- This includes ASCII-graphic listings of the D&D3.0 feats
that is organized by field and prerequisites rather than
alphabetically. It is useful mainly to show prerequisites
for combat feats.
- This is some general discussion of level progression in D&D3.0,
looking at exactly what is gained with level advancement in the
- This is a collection of spell tables for the basic PHB classes
and spells. I have completed a program which parses all of the
spell fields into a general format, and now I am just trying out
what tables and output would be useful.
Product Interest Survey
- This is a brief overview of a d20 Product Interest survey
conducted by James Kittock.
The full data is no longer publically available at his request,
but I thought it would be fair to post snippets of the results.
Ray Winninger's "Dungeoncraft" Essays (Added February 3, 2006)
- A series of essays by Ray Winninger on game-mastering a fairly
traditional dungeon-based campaign, originally published in
Dragon magazine from 1997 to 1999.
An Overview of D&D/D20 Settings (Added April 19, 2006)
- This is a brief outline of over twenty published settings for
D&D Adventure Survey Summary (Added April 19, 2006)
- This collects the results of a survey on the most popular
D&D adventures from the ENWorld community.
Melan's Dungeon Mapping (Added October 5, 2006)
- A guide to the design of dungeon maps, analyzing the linearity
and shape of a number of classic dungeons modules.
Here are some additional D&D3 links:
The Hypertext d20 SRD
- An excellent online browsing resource. An offline version is
available for download only for paying subscribers,
SwoRD - The System wide-open Reference Document
- An SRD from Behemoth games which supposedly incorporates some
third-party open content.
System Reference Documents
- A number of open-content D20 documents, but the core has not been
converted into HTML.
- An online HTML-based character sheet database.
SSA-X2 D&D Character Sheet
- A PDF-based self-calculating character sheet.
- The leading open-source, multi-platform program for creating 3rd
edition characters and other elements.
Freeform D&D3 Character Generation
- An alternate character generation method by Robert
J. Hall, for the 3.0 edition.
Chris Cote's Rules Downloads
- A campaign journal with house rules and collected rules
- A slightly out-of-date UseNet FAQ.
Literary Sources of D&D
- A list compiled by Aardy R. DeVarque.
Official "What Is D&D" Demo
- A flashy animated demo.
- A repository on earlier editions of D&D, with detailed
information on the printing and collectible value.
Dragonsfoot: First Edition AD&D
- A site devoted to first edition AD&D, with dozens of free
modules and supplements to the game available for download.
Aardy DeVarque's RPG Page
- A personal page with various utilities for D&D players,
including spell tables.
Adventures & Adventure Resources
World Building sites
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Sat Jan 28 16:30:00 2012