Excellent factors. It is forgotten by many Greybeards (and incomprehensible to trendy gamers) that the AD&D MM was initially utilized by OD&D and Holmes Primary teams! AD&D, as we perceive it, did not arrive till the next yr!
I discover 1977 an interesting yr in D&D historical past; Holmes gave a quick glimpse of what D&D may have been: open, free-form, unorthodox, “something goes” ( “you wish to play a Black Pudding? Effectively…okay!”). White Field D&D writ massive. However AD&D steamrollered over that. I typically marvel if Gygax actually wished to jot down AD&D; in so some ways, it was antithetical to the spirit of OD&D. I believe he thought it was vital, in an effort to preserve match gamers on the identical web page (no two OD&D teams performed the sport to the identical guidelines, from what I perceive,) however was he completely satisfied he needed to go there? (I haven’t got a set opinion concerning the principle that AD&D was written to freeze Arneson out of royalties…possibly, possibly not).