Because of the 5 volumes in the edition; Basic, Expert, Companion, Master and Immortal, the edition is usually known as BECM or BECMI D&D, or less. The Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set is a set of rulebooks for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) . “D&D Basic Set – DM’s Rulebook (BECMI ed.) (Basic)”. D&D Master Set (BECMI ed.) (Basic) – At last, the cycle is complete. Players and Dungeon Masters alike may experience the wonder of.

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Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. This version was principally designed by Troy Denning and made very few changes to the game.

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Elves were described as advancing simultaneously as fighters and magic-users, dividing XP equally, with six-sided hit dice — a bit of confusion cleared up in later versions. Note that some later print runs feature a much lighter blue, almost teal cover, but the artwork remains the same. Starting with the fourth printing inthe two booklets of maps, encounter tables, and treasure lists were replaced with the module B1 In Search of the Unknown ; [2] printings six through eleven — featured the module B2 The Keep on the Borderlands instead.

Does it use the same text, or is it a rewrite that is supposed to cover the same rules? Cursed items are included in the tables. The characters in Module B1 included separate elven fighting men and magic-users, and thieves of all four races; all the clerics were human, though. With the revision of the Basic Setdiscrete rulesets for higher character levels were introduced as expansions for the basic game. General Skills are included from Hollow World and the GAZ series; demi-humans taking thief skills as general skills is not.


There are 5 alignments. Doug Cowie reviewed the version of the Basic Set for Imagine magazine and gave it a positive review. Then again, thieves usually got shat upon, so Saturday, 6th October, I especially want to know what is in the boxed sets that is not in the Cyclopedia.

If you’re looking for a nice concise well-written set of rules, either the Holmes or Moldvay rules will do. Per the original set, traps by default sprang only on a 1 or 2 on d6. The Mentzer Immortals box was not included; it was reworked into Wrath of the Immortals, and had some major rules differences; the two are not really compatible with each other.

Strength and wisdom simply give XP bonuses to fighters and clerics respectively, and dexterity besides being the prime requisite for thieves gives a bonus with missiles.

Sleep is the only big gun spell. Dark Alliance Baldur’s Gate: And the traditional archetype classes are still present.

Overall, not many differences though. Becmmi that appear uniquely here: Wizards of the Coast. I’m currently reading the Holmes set cover to cover and it is.

Posted By Morrus Friday, 28th December, Edited by Doug Stewart, it removed the tutorial cards of the “black box”, incorporating the material into sidebars within the single page Rules and Adventure Book. It also seperates class and race and has 20sp to the gp.

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Beholder Drow dark elf Githyanki Illithid mind flayer Lich. I just re-read the Mentzer set last week and I can’t believe how bad the layout is and it just feels disorganized and clumsy. The biggest is that the Basic Set’s “1d6 damage for everything” option is gone. Plate mail is cheap enough to be bought with starting gold.

NPC Party has a detailed generation system Mentzer: An interesting twist was that even mages of low level Holmes treated the first three could make scrolls.


Nobody advances in attacks or saves. From Becmk, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved June 26, It was packaged in a tan-sided box. It included support for characters up to fifth level, instead of the third-level limit of prior Basic Set versions. For a period inTSR experienced a dice shortage. For being comprehensive, you’d want the RC, even though there are things in it that I think becim poorly written the combat rulesand a lot of stuff that I, personally, would never use in my game. It also has a number of things that were introduced in the Gazetteer series.

It is only in the Cook Expert set where they become competent at them. Holmes preferred a lighter tone with more room for personal improvisation, while Gary Gygax, who wrote the advanced game, wanted an expansive bcemi with rulings on any conceivable situation which might come up during play, a document which could be used to arbitrate disputes at tournaments.

Some of the GAZ maps are included, along with large scale overviews of the Known World and the Hollow World, along with a becni pages of descriptions – a few paragraphs per country.

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D&r the Mentzer edition has horrendous layout and is very skimpy on art. The encounter rules include some expansions. Join Date Nov Posts 3, Str does not seem to do extra damage. Okay, going by the amazon reviews herethe wikipedia entry hereand the retroroleplaying’s page on it hereit appears that the rules are overall the same, but that at least some editing was done to compile the sources.