Monday, January 11, 2010

Quoteable Gygax

The following is from p. 25 of B2 Keep on the Borderlands by Gary Gygax (emphasis mine) in a section entitled Tips to Players:

Arguing among players will cause delays, attract monsters, and often result in the deaths of some or all of the members.
Wow, talk about a tough campaign! I mean, Gary brought monsters in to get rid of his most argumentative players! Reminds me of that scene from The Gamers movie that took TPK to a new level.

All kidding aside, this is more to illustrate the point of how little difference was made in early publications between the players and the characters in the game. I see this as another point in the argument that Old School games were meant to challenge the players and not their characters. Hence no lengthy tables of skills and feats.


  1. In one session of my Training Dungeon, I made slightly more rolls on the Wandering Monster table than were perhaps justified, just to punish some severe dithering on the part of Junior Grognard. Thereafter, I just had to reach for the d20 and he got the message.