AD&D 1 Eeeeeee

Portion of the AD&D 1e DMG as illustrated by David Sutherland,
filtered via Prisma, Gothic

I am an unabashed AD&D 1e enthusiast, but I certainly appreciate this game isn’t for everyone. For me 1e is as beautifuly complex and powerful as a formula 1 race car. Like a like a race car it needs a number of specialized tools and training to operate.

As a player one of the key tools is the classic character sheet, which was originally designed to capture as much detail any player could need for play without referring to the core books. In all my plays over these past few years I immediately returned to this familiar tool. However, this sheet requires a sharp pencil, a good eraser, and keen eyesight; all of which fail me in one way or another from time to time.

Get pdf versions of these MadIrishMan classics here

I have been playing in a regular bi-weekly game, but with our astral plane adventures I realized that my careful scribblings were an inefficient nod to the past. Casting around online for a cloud based AD&D 1e character sheet I found a number of Google Sheets that approached what I was looking for, and using one of these as a baseline I tweaked it for my own needs.

Find an example of this next gen 1e character sheet here, make a copy for yourself and refine for your own purposes if helpful.

If you have an interest in playing AD&D 1e I can suggest two additional resources.

1. Anthony Huso has written extensively on playing 1e RAW on his blog: The Blue Bard

2. Allan Grohe my 1e DM also keeps a blog with plenty of interesting content on this topic: From Kuroth’s Quill

September 18 Update – Spell Cards

Print & Play spell cards, should be just shy of 2.5” x 3.5” that is the standard for CCGs. Get them here.

4 thoughts on “AD&D 1 Eeeeeee

  1. John September 10, 2022 / 10:47 pm

    That is a great analogy. Every time I play I drive my car straight into a wall! I need more training.

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  2. Kersus November 27, 2022 / 9:32 pm

    I like the analogy. 1e is something special that won’t ever be produced again. The character sheet thing is interesting. I didn’t know they existed until I had been playing for 11 years or so and have never been able to get used to them. A friend would use a mix of pen and pencil for his but the rest of us just used lined paper. I originally thought it was just a 2e thing.

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    • Aron Clark November 27, 2022 / 10:56 pm

      Yep – agree with you here. Most of my characters were on college ruled paper. Although there is a certain beauty, to my eye at least, of the professionally done character sheets. Certainly inspirational in terms of capturing key elements of the game.


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