I am embarrassed to admit that I have owned the B/X books (Moldvay/Cook) for all these years and *I have NEVER really read them!* I am ashamed. :(
I have an excuse though and I doubt that I'm the only one.
You see, shortly after buying the boxed sets, I bought the 1st Edition Players Handbook, DMG (from the Sears catalog!) and the Monster Manual.
I set these blue and red masterpieces aside and never looked back. Until now.
The good news is that I have the pleasure of experiencing them for the first time through older, more experienced eyes. Eyes that can find the hidden treasures within. Eyes that matured during 2nd Ed. AD&D and turned away during 3rd Ed. Eyes with discrimination.
So, I've pulled both of these books off my shelf and I will be reading and dissecting them for days to come. I'll probably post some of my revelations and questions here on this blog. I hope that those of you who read it will be willing to share your thoughts and reflections with me.
In the spirit of discovery, I post the "Combat Turn Sequence" chart from p. B24 of Moldvay. There's a lot to digest here, such as the movement rules (Defensive Movement) and the order of the round (Missile - Magic - Melee). Good stuff.
One thing caught my eye and I thought I'd ask all of you about it.
"DM rolls damage"
Do any of you do that? My players always roll their damage. I roll for NPCs/Monsters/Traps but they roll their character's damage dice.
What say you all?