Tarnhelm’s Terrible Tome is a set of house rules for the 1974 edition of Dungeons and Dragons. The author writes:
Tarnhelm’s Terrible Tome is a set of house rules for the original 1974 (0e) version of the world’s most popular tabletop fantasy roleplaying game (and modern clones, like Swords & Wizardry). These house rules are modern renditions of the house rules the author used with his original edition games in the 1970s.
Some of house rules included:
- A simple “skills” system based on class and background instead of lists of skills
- A Hit Point/Body Point system where Hit Points represent fatigue and Body Points represent actual wounds.
- Ritual Magic
- An alternate alignment system
- Critical Hits and Critical misses
- A class based weapon damage system that ends class weapon restrictions.
- An optional Armor system that ends class restrictions on wearing armor
- An optional class: the Mnemonic Mage
- Optional Divine Intervention rules
This digest-sized edition of Tarnhelm’s Terrible Tome is designed to be printed double-sided using the booklet-printing feature of Adobe Acrobat, the pages can be folded and stapled to create a “0e” style digest-sized booklet.