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Do you love B/X Essentials, Moldvay’s version of the World’s First RPG, and Labyrinth Lord?

Do you also love some of the innovations from later edition of the First RPG?

B/X Ascending is a supplement for B/X Essentials that focuses on unifying the game to a roll-high d20 mechanic based on classic saving throws. It updates the Classes while keeping  Race-As-Class, and adds Paladins, Monks, Rangers, Illusionists, and Druids. It includes Trained and Untrained Skills and treats them as Saving Throws, it uses Ascending AC, and Attack Bonuses.

B/X Ascending aims to keep the best parts of B/X Essentials while adding some of the modern ideas we’ve all grown to love.

For those curious about B/X Ascending, I know it sounds like I just injected the d20 system into it, but I chose to focus the unified mechanic on the classic saving throw. There are no DCs set by the Referee. Each class and race ability has a target number, just like saving throws in B/X. Additionally, Trained and Untrained Skills are now Saving Throws. 

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Tom C February 17, 2019 12:34 am UTC
Quick question: why do all the classes start off with a +1 BAB in B/X Ascending? Gavin is doing his own version of AAC, where there is no initial BAB at the first levels, but then they start adding in as THAC0 changes. I guess I don't understand the math, but he's assuming Base AC of 10, which means for the conversions, it's going to be 19-[Descending AC]=AAC.

Hopefully this question makes sense.
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Michael H February 23, 2019 9:09 pm UTC
In B/X, normal men have a 20 THAC0, while all first level characters have a 19 THAC0. So, a first level character must have +1 BAB compared to a Normal Man. If you start the chart at +0 for Normal Men, then first level characters have +1 BAB, and 9 AC = 11 AAC. This is the math used by BFRPG.

Swords & Wizardry starts AAC at 10, so armor values don't match any version of D&D. That means first level characters must have a +0 BAB, and are equal to Normal Men, which doesn't match classic D&D. In S&W, Normal Men should have to have -1 BAB.
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Andrew M January 20, 2019 5:24 pm UTC
Man, good work and all but why did you make the PDF in booklet format? I usually do print to booklet, but I have a printer program to do that, and this format screws up the ability to print one to a sheet OR to effectively booklet. Do you get what I mean? You doing the work, sort of, in advance means I can't actually do physically on my printer what you envision by your format. If I go full size, everything prints the wrong way and tiny, and if I go booklet it goes the right way but even smaller. The previews give no indication of this layout, either. Both of them make it look like standard 8.5x11 one per page formatting, which is really the only format, aside from A4 from our friends outside North America, that DTRPG should accept, but I've always assumed that they don't vet formats at all and that it was thus caveat emptor; the buyer beware.
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January 02, 2019 4:56 pm UTC
What happened to the print option? I had intended to order two copies for my group today!!!
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Kurt R November 15, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Heya Mark, Is there supposed to be a preview of this title?
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David J November 14, 2018 12:01 am UTC
Typo, page 3 - "B/X Ascending converts no only".....not only
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Daniel L November 13, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Did I just pay three dollars for a 1 page pdf? Because that's all that appeared to download.
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Tamás I November 13, 2018 9:51 pm UTC
Try to download it again. What I got is 63 pages long, just as in the sidebar.
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Timmi R November 13, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Hello. I love these books. Should I wait for the combined pdf and print on demand to be listed? Or will a discounted PoD be available if paid for the PDF??
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Mark C November 13, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
I will provide a discount coupon for the POD. It will be my first time doing that, so it may take a bit longer to be ready than normal.
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Timmi R November 14, 2018 4:50 am UTC
Cool. Sold!
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Mark C November 18, 2018 2:42 am UTC
I've submitted the PDFs for approval to be printed. Hopefully I'll get a proof soon and then can activate this.
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