The history of Turning Undead in D&D

The Hidden in Shadows blog by D. H. Boggs has a really interesting examination of the origins of Turn Undead and its implementation in classic Dungeons & Dragons and D&D-alike games. He’s taken some time to go back and explore how it was first implemented in play between OD&D and the later iterations of the game, along with the cleric class. The question of the ability arising from Blackmoor and Dave Arneson is looked at with some depth, and an alternative view about the results of the Turn table is discussed. The article is a good one for DMs to read, particularly if they run undead-heavy games as it provides an alternative view that can help shake up games and make them different, and perhaps a little more deadly when encountering low-level undead.

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