Monday, November 24, 2008

Archaic Game Material of the Week

When I first played 2nd edition AD&D, I intended to play a gnome (my favorite 1st edition race). When I discovered there were no gnomes in 2nd edition, all the other players pretended they did not know what a gnome was, so I always said I was a brownie. So, my second favorite race from AD&D :-)

From the 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual (1977), p11.

Frequency: Rare
No. Appearing: 4-16
Armor Class: 3
Move: 12"
Hit Dice: ½
% in Lair: 20%
Treasure Type: O, P, Q
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage/Attack: 1-3
Special Attacks: Spells
Special Defenses: Save as 9th level cleric
Magic Resistance: As above
Intelligence: High
Alignment: Lawful Good
Size: S (1½' tall)
Psionic Ability: Nil
      Attack/Defense modes: Nil
XP Value: 65 + 1 per hit point

Brownies are distant relatives of halflings, (perhaps half halfling, half pixie) but they are smaller and far less common. They are basically friendly to humans and their ilk (dwarves, elves, and halflings), but because they are shy, they are seldom seen and favor quiet, pastoral areas in which to dwell. If encountered on friendly terms, brownies can often (50%) be convinced to help lawful good characters. They are able to make or repair items of wood, leather, metal, etc. with ease. They are also good guides. Brownies can use the following spells once per day: protection from evil, ventriloquism, dancing lights, continual light, mirror image (3 images), confusion, and dimension door. Brownies do not usually carry weapons other than short swords. They have exceptional senses in general, are never surprised, and have 18 dexterity. Brownies are capable of blending into the landscape very quickly, in effect using natural cover and speed to become invisible (and escape if desired).

Besides their own language and the alignment tongue, brownies speak elvish, pixieish, and the language of sprites and halflings.


Anonymous said...

No gnomes in 2E? Of course they are - read PHB, mate! OD&D have no gnome as a basic class. :)

Darius Whiteplume said...

Maybe it was illusionists then? I remember something about my character being off-the-book.

I think I have a 2e PHB still. Not sure though. Never really got into it, as 3e came out shortly after I started playing with those guys.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was illusionists then?

It was preferred class of gnomes. I like much more 1E gnomes too - they were more "faerie" race.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Hmm... I am going to have to get out the 2e PHB now. What the heck was it that my DM was complaining about?

I definitely remember gnomes now, as I had the halfling/gnome book (the fake leather looking ones for 2e).

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