Blackmoor (supplement)

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Dungeons & Dragons Supplement II: Blackmoor
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The original Blackmoor supplement (TSR, Inc., 1975)
Author Dave Arneson
Genre Role-playing game
Publisher TSR, Inc.
Publication date
1975
Pages 60

Blackmoor is a supplementary rulebook for the original edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game written by Dave Arneson (with a foreword by Gary Gygax). Its product designation is TSR 2004.

Contents[edit]

Blackmoor is the second supplement to the original D&D rules, and includes rules for underwater adventures, and hit location rules.[1] Blackmoor also introduced the monk and assassin character classes.[1][2]

The booklet was named for Dave Arneson's original role-playing campaign world, Blackmoor.[3] It has additional rules, monsters, treasure, and the first role-playing game adventure ever published, The Temple of the Frog.[1][4] Despite the name, the supplement did not include any information on the setting itself.

Blackmoor added two new character classes to the game:[5] the assassin, a thief sub-class; and, the monk, a "monastic martial arts" cleric sub-class, with some attributes of the fighter and thief classes. The book also introduces a hit location system,[5] wherein each individual body part of a character or monster was assigned its own hit points. The odds of hitting any specific body part changed depending on the character's height and weapon reach, and if any individual body part was brought down to zero hit points, the creature would be crippled or killed.

The supplement also introduces rules for underwater adventures. Rules for swimming, equipment weight restrictions when fighting underwater, and the effects of underwater combat on weapons and spells are all covered by this supplement. Blackmoor also includes numerous new water-dwelling monsters and equipment useful for underwater adventures.

Publication history[edit]

Following the release of the original Dungeons & Dragons rulesbooks, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson decided to publish expansions of their respective campaigns. For Arneson, this expansion would be based on his Blackmoor campaign, which had originated with the 1971 Fantasy Supplement to the Chainmail rules.[6] The Blackmoor expansion was published by TSR, Inc. in 1975[7] as a sixty page digest-sized book.[1] It was the second supplement to the original Dungeons & Dragons boxed set and bears the designation "Supplement II", with Gygax's Greyhawk preceding it in the same year.

Illustrations were provided by David C. Sutherland III, Mike Bell, Tracy Lesch. The supplement was edited by Tim Kask,[8] who also did development on it.[9]

The Temple of the Frog was later revised, expanded, and released as DA2 Temple of the Frog.[1]

The Blackmoor supplement will be reproduced as a premium reprint on November 19, 2013, as part of a deluxe, premium reprint of the original "White Box" which features new packaging in an oaken box. Each booklet will feature new cover art but will otherwise be a faithful reproduction of the original, including original interior art.[10]

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 136. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
  2. ^ Tresca, Michael J. (2010), The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, McFarland, p. 62, ISBN 078645895X 
  3. ^ Thumbnail Analysis - Blackmoor, Don Lowry, Panzerfaust and Campaign #72 (Panzerfaust Publications, 1976)
  4. ^ Review of Dungeons & Dragons Supplement II: Blackmoor, Scott Casper (2006), retrieved March 2008
  5. ^ a b "Original D&D Supplements". The Acaeum. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  6. ^ Tresca, Michael J. (2010), The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, McFarland, pp. 60–62, ISBN 0-7864-5895-X 
  7. ^ "The History of TSR". Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2005-08-20. 
  8. ^ "Blackmoor (1975)". Pen & Paper RPG Database. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  9. ^ Sacco, Ciro Alessandro. "The Ultimate Interview with Gary Gygax". thekyngdoms.com. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  10. ^ "Original Dungeons & Dragons RPG". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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