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A Treasure Trove for 2nd Edition DMs

Who need's those fancy-smancy 5th edition books? I can't afford to buy a whole new set! That's the real reason why my group plays Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd edition using my husband's childhood books (though sometimes I lie and say it's because I love the nitty-gritty math requirements).

But running a campaign takes a lot of work and planning, which is why I love the many available resources for DMs online, from the inspiration in /Dnd to the amazing generator powers of donjon. But here are two other favorites of mine for us old school players.

Footprints

You won't find half-hearted campaigns, they are full fleshed out with maps, characters, and backstory.

You won't find half-hearted campaigns, they are full fleshed out with maps, characters, and backstory.

If you're running a 1st or 2nd edition campaign, you might have stumbled onto the amazing resource called Dragonsfoot, a very 90's looking D&D site, and their zine Footprints.

Each edition (available for free as a PDF) usually contains at least one mini campaign (they are tons of fun) and additional resources. These zines are definitely worth a look, even if you just use them for brainstorming purposes!

The "Treasures & Tables" chart in #22 is a favorite of mine and I've printed it for my dungeon master binder.

 
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Adventurer Magazine

Looking for old D&D stuff led me to a rather strange and amazing website called A/N/N/A/R/C/H/I/V/E which appears to be completely dedicated to archiveing media from the 90's, from early Microsoft guides to - you guessed it - role playing magazine scans!

Their archive of Adventurer Magazines includes campaigns, characters, and amazing articles such as "How to be a Method Roleplayer" found in this issue on page 39.