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The original Blackmoor supplement (TSR, Inc., 1975)
Blackmoor is a supplementary rulebook for the original edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game written by Dave Arneson (with a forward by Gary Gygax). Its product designation is TSR 2004.
Blackmoor is the second supplement to the original D&D rules, and includes rules for underwater adventures and hit location rules. Blackmoor also introduced the monk and assassin character classes.
The booklet was named after Dave Arneson's original role-playing campaign world, Blackmoor. It has additional rules, monsters, treasure, and the first role-playing game adventure ever published, The Temple of the Frog. Despite the name, the supplement included almost no information on Arneson's actual campaign setting.:100
Blackmoor added two new character classes to the game: 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, 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 introduces rules for underwater adventures. It also includes rules and guidelines for swimming, equipment weight restrictions when fighting underwater, and the effects of underwater combat on weapons and spells. Blackmoor also includes numerous new water-dwelling monsters and equipment useful for underwater adventures.
Following the release of the original Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks, 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. In March 1975, Gygax told a wargaming newsletter that Arneson was working on a final draft, and TSR began accepting preorders for the product and advertised in The Strategic Review; the booklet was late, which editor Tim Kask later attributed to Arneson's draft being "contradictory, confusing, incomplete, partially incomprehensible, lacking huge bits and pieces and mostly gibberish," taking weeks to edit and had to be mostly rewritten before it was completed.:111 The Blackmoor expansion was published by TSR, Inc. in 1975 as a sixty-page digest-sized book. 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.
The Blackmoor supplement was 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.
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