This is a game that is fun. It helps youimagine.
you whirl around, your sword ready, thehuge, red, fire-breathing dragon swoopstoward you with a
See? Your imagination woke up already.Now imagine: This game may be morefun than any other game you have everplayed!The DUNGEONS
DRAGONS@game is a way for
to imagine together
ike watching the same movie, orreading the same book.
can writethe stories, without putting a word onpaper -just by playing the D&D@game.You, along with your friends,
create a great fantasy story, you will put
away after each game, and go back toschool or work, but
ike a book
headventure will wait. It’s better than abook, though;
keep going as longas you like.It
nearly the most popular game
can learn how to play the DUN-GEONS
DRAGONS@game by your-self, simply by reading the next sectionsof this booklet.
don’t have to memo-rize everything as you read; the first twoadventures are designed to teach youwhile you play. If you are ready to learn,begin reading at
The game is usually played in groupsof
or more people.
you want to learnwith others, it’s best if one person al-ready knows how to play, and can teachthe others. If not, you (or one of theothers) may read the first adventurealoud, while everyone follows along, tolearn the basics of the game. However,
better if each person can read theadventures separately.When you all know how
play char-acters, read the sections
“Play-ing with a Group”.
One person mustalso learn how to be a Dungeon Master(or DM)
he person who plays theroles of the Monsters. The other bookletever made. And you
see why, in justa bit.When you bought some other gameor book, did you ever think, “Gee, that’snice, but it’s not quite what I thought
would be”? Well, your D&D adventureswill be just what you want, becauseyou’re the one making them up!And it’s not hard. It takes a little read-ing and
little thinking, but most of all,it’s fun.It’s fun when you discover that no-body loses, and everybody wins!It’s fun when you get good at thegame
. . .
for example, knowing what toexpect in a kobold cave, and which drag-ons are on your side.And you don’t have to put in a coineach time, like many other games. Onceyou have these rules, you don’t needanything else.There’s more, of course, if you want it:exciting adventures to play, miniature fig-ures of monsters and characters, expertrules for more experienced players, andlots more. But you already have every-thing you need to start: this package, andyour imagination. That will do it.Ah, yes;
does cost one more thing,which you also have right now
bit oftime. It takes a few minutes to learn thebasic rules, and another hour or two toplay a full game. You will probably wantto spend more time, and might evenmake it a hobby; millions of people have.But for now, just sit back and imagine.
“Your character stands atop a grassy hill
the sun glints off your golden hair, rippling
the warm breeze
. . .
you absent-mindedly rubthe gem-studded hilt of your magac sword, andglance over at the dwarf and elf, bickering asusual about how to load the horses
themagic-user has memorized her spells, and saysshe’s ready to go
a dangerous dungeonentrance gapes at you from the mountainnearby, and inside, a fearsome dragon awaits.Time to get moving.
Have Fun!Frank MentzerFebruary, 1983in this set is the
and explains everythingthe DM needs to know.
The following individuals have madeThis set gives all the details for playing aDUNGEONS
DRAGONS game. Withthese rules, your characters can reachthe 3rd level of experience. (These andother terms are explained later in thisbooklet.) Other sets are available, withmore magic items and spells, monsters,and rules for bigger and better games.Set
for character levels 4th through 14th.The
is Set#3, for characters levels 15th through25th; and the
D&D@ MASTERS Set
gives the remaining: details for characterthis work po&ble through its years ofevolution: Dave Arneson, Brian Blume,Dave
Gray, Ernie Gygax,E. Gary Gygax, Allen Hammack, KevinHendryx, John Eric Holmes, HaroldJohnson, Tim Kask, Jeff Key, RobKuntz, Alan Lucien, Steve Marsh, TomMoldvay, Mike Mornard, Jon Pickens,Brian Pitzer, Michael Price, Patrick L.Price, Paul Reiche, Evan Robinson, Gor-don Schick, Lawrence Schick, DonSnow, Edward G. Sollers, Garry Spiegle,Stephen
Sullivan, Ralph Wagner, JimWard, Jean Wells, and Bill Wilkerson.kvels 26th throughv 36th.Thanks also to Donald Paterson, for
verything in these sets fits togetherto
playing games. Johnson, who escorted me in.forPlayingworld, and special thanks to Haroldmay use all or part of these rules. Theyoften include several ways of playingand running the game.
may createnew rules, monsters, and magic, usingthese rules as guidelines.