Looking Back at Best of the Dragon – The Half-Ogre


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While lamenting the changes he saw DMs trying to make to D&D, Gary Gygax alFrom the Sorcerers Scrollso gave some examples of what he thought were balanced changes that worked within the D&D system. In the article Humans and Hybrids, Dragon #29, September 1979, he gives an example of a racial hybrid for use in AD&D, the Half-Ogre (note I removed or re-worded some of the footnotes on ability scores, but this gives you an idea):

Character Classes Possible: Cleric or fighter
Class Level Limits: Cleric 4th; fighter unlimited
Ability Adjustments:

  • STRENGTH: 14 – 18/00 – Use d6 and 5 or 6 equals 18, with a percentile bonus of 25% to the roll if a 6, but 18/00 maximum.
  • INTELLIGENCE: 3 – 12
  • WISDOM: 2 – 12
  • DEXTERITY: 3 – 12
  • CONSTITUTION: 14 – 18 – Use d6 and 6 equals 18
  • CHARISMA: 2 – 8 – Charisma score…

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