Old School Renaissance Acronym Glossary & Dictionary

  When I discovered the OSR in December of 2010, sometimes I found it difficult to keep up with all the acronyms in use.  B/X, OGL, FLGS, and on and on.  It took about a month before I knew my way around the acronym block, so it were.  So, for the newbies out there in teh interwebs, here's an Old School Renaissance Acronym Glossary & Dictionary, O.S.R.A.G.D. for short, since acronyms seems to be in fashion!


  0e - Zero Editon, the original, 3 volume set of Dungeons & Dragons, first published in 1974.

  1e - First Edition, also known as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, published between 1977 and 1988.

  2e - Second Edition, a restart of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, published between 1989 and 1999.

  3e - Third Edition, dropping the Advanced label, Dungeons & Dragons published between 2000 and 2002.

  3.5e - Three Point Five Edition, Dungeons & Dragons revised, published between 2003 and 2007.

  3.Xe - Third Edition and Three Point Five Edition.

  4e - Fourth Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, published 2008 - Current.


  AD&D - Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

  ADD - Adventures Dark and Deep.

  Adventures Dark and Deep - A retro-clone "what if" RPG, specifically, what a second edition of AD&D might have looked like had Gary Gygax not been ousted from TSR.

  AEC - Advanced Edition Companion, a supplementary rule set for Labyrinth Lord, allowing players and DM's to use characters, rules, monsters, and magical items from First Edition AD&D.


  BD&D - Basic Dungeons & Dragons, a continuation of Original D&D, Basic D&D was published from 1977 to 1999, and had six total revisions.

  Basic Fantasy Role Playing Game - A rules-light system based loosely on 3.5E D&D, inspired by the earlier versions of D&D

  BECMI - Basic, Expert, Companion, Master, Immortal: Basic Dungeons & Dragons version with Frank Mentzer as editor.  Covered levels 1-36, plus another 36 as an immortal.  Published from 1983  to 1990.

  BFRPG - Basic Fantasy Role Playing Game.

  Black Box - The 1991 New, Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons Game, the fourth revision of Basic D&D,  served as introductory set to the Rules Cyclopedia and covered levels 1-5.  Sometimes used for all Basic D&D sets from 1991 to 1999, though not all came in black boxes.

  Blue Box -  The first Basic D&D set, published in 1977 and edited by Eric J. Holmes.  Covered levels 1-3 and was more closely related to Original D&D than later sets.  Also the only edition in which the magic-user spell Magic Missile required a to-hit roll.

  BRP - Basic Role-Playing,  Chaosium's percentile, skill-based system that originated with RuneQuest, and underpins Stormbringer, Worlds of Wonder, Call of Cthulhu, Superworld, Ringworld, Elfquest, Hawkmoon, Elric!, and Nephilim.

  B/X - The second revision of Basic D&D, included the Tom Moldvay edited Basic Set and the Expert Set edited by Dave Cook and Steve Marsh.  Covers level 1-14 and was only published from 1981 to 1982.

  That's the start right now.  Once I go through the entire alphabet I'll compile this into a single document or page.  If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!


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