Saturday, January 16, 2021

Holmes Expanded: Magic-User Spells

In running a Holmes-based campaign encompassing a complete OD&D + Greyhawk edit, it was necessary to tabulate lists of magic-user spells from 4th to 9th level.

Holmes lists magic-user spells from 1st to 3rd level, adding three new 1st level spells and two new 2nd level spells.  Greyhawk lists sixteen magic-user spells from 4th to 6th level, but only nine 7th level spells, eight 8th level spells, and ten 9th level spells.

I decided to add three new 7th level spells and two new 8th level spells from the AD&D 1e Players Handbook, to balance out the magic-user spells from 7th to 9th level.


A magic-user casting "Dancing Lights".  Illustration from the AD&D 1e Players Handbook (1978)


Book of First Level Spells:
1. Charm Person - from OD&D vol. 1/Greyhawk
2. Dancing Lights - Holmes
3. Detect Magic - from "Detection" (II), Chainmail 1e
4. Enlargements - Holmes
5. Hold Portal - from OD&D vol. 1
6. Light - from "Wizard Light" (I), Chainmail 1e
7. Magic Missile - from Greyhawk
8. Protection/Evil - from "Protection from Evil" (III), Chainmail 2e
9. Read Languages - from OD&D vol. 1
10. Read Magic - from OD&D vol. 1
11. Shield - from Greyhawk
12. Sleep - from OD&D vol. 1/Greyhawk
13. Tenser's Floating Disc - Holmes
14. Ventriloquism - from Greyhawk
A Book of First Level Spells includes the eleven 1st level spells from OD&D + Greyhawk, as well as three new spells.  See also "Book of First Level Spells" at Zenopus Archives.

Book of Second Level Spells:
1. Audible Glamer - Holmes
2. Continual Light - from "Wizard Light" (I), Chainmail 1e
3. Darkness - from "Darkness, 5' r.", Greyhawk
4. Detect Evil - from "Detection" (II), Chainmail 1e
5. Detect Invisible - from "Detection" (II), Chainmail 1e
6. ESP - from OD&D vol. 1
7. Invisibility - a special ability of Wizards, from Chainmail
8. Knock - from OD&D vol. 1
9. Levitate - from OD&D vol. 1
10. Locate Object - from OD&D vol. 1
11. Magic Mouth - from Greyhawk
12. Mirror Image - from Greyhawk
13. Phantasmal Forces - from "Phantasmal Forces" (II), Chainmail 1e
14. Pyrotechnics - from Greyhawk
15. Ray of Enfeeblement - Holmes
16. Strength - from Greyhawk
17. Web - from OD&D vol. 2/Greyhawk
18. Wizard Lock - from OD&D vol. 1
A Book of Second Level Spells includes the sixteen 2nd level spells from OD&D + Greyhawk, as well as two new spells.  See also "Book of Second Level Spells" at Zenopus Archives.

Book of Third Level Spells:
1. Clairaudience - from OD&D vol. 1
2. Clairvoyance - from OD&D vol. 1
3. Dispel Magic - from the ability to cast a counter-spell, in Chainmail
4. Explosive Runes - from Greyhawk
5. Fire Ball - missile equivalent to a large catapult, from Chainmail 1e
6. Fly - from OD&D vol. 1
7. Haste Spell - from OD&D vol. 1
8. Hold Person - from OD&D vol. 1
9. Infravision - a special ability of Wizards, from Chainmail
10. Invisibility, 10' r. - from OD&D vol. 1
11. Lightning Bolt - missile equivalent to a heavy field gun, from Chainmail 1e
12. Monster Summoning I - from Greyhawk
13. Protection/Evil, 10' r. - from "Protection from Evil" (III), Chainmail 2e
14. Protection/Normal Missiles - a special ability of Wizards, from Chainmail
15. Rope Trick - from Greyhawk
16. Slow Spell - from OD&D vol. 1
17. Suggestion - from Greyhawk
18. Water Breathing - from OD&D vol. 1
A Book of Third Level Spells includes the eighteen 3rd level spells from OD&D + Greyhawk.

Book of Fourth Level Spells:
1. Charm Monster - from OD&D vol. 1
2. Confusion - from OD&D vol. 1
3. Dimension Door - from OD&D vol. 1
4. Extension I - from Greyhawk
5. Fear - from Greyhawk
6. Growth of Plants - from OD&D vol. 1
7. Hallucinatory Terrain - from OD&D vol. 1
8. Ice Storm - from Greyhawk
9. Massmorph - from "Concealment" (III), Chainmail 1e
10. Monster Summoning II - from Greyhawk
11. Polymorph Self - from OD&D vol. 1
12. Polymorph Others - from OD&D vol. 1
13. Remove Curse - from OD&D vol. 1
14. Wall of Fire - from OD&D vol. 1
15. Wall of Ice - from OD&D vol. 1
16. Wizard Eye - from OD&D vol. 1
A Book of Fourth Level Spells includes the sixteen 4th level spells from OD&D + Greyhawk.



A magic-user conjuring a fire elemental.  Illustration by David C. Sutherland III, from the AD&D 1e Monster Manual (1977)

Book of Fifth Level Spells:
1. Animate Dead - from OD&D vol. 1
2. Cloudkill - from OD&D vol. 1
3. Conjure Elemental - from "Conjuration of an Elemental" (V), Chainmail 1e
4. Contact Higher Plane - from OD&D vol. 1
5. Extension II - from Greyhawk
6. Feeblemind - from OD&D vol. 1
7. Growth of Animal - from OD&D vol. 1
8. Hold Monster - from OD&D vol. 1
9. Magic Jar - from OD&D vol. 1
10. Monster Summoning III - from Greyhawk
11. Pass-Wall - from OD&D vol. 1
12. Teleport - from the "Transference" spell, from Dungeon!
13. Telekinesis - from OD&D vol. 1
14. Transmute Rock to Mud - from OD&D vol. 1
15. Wall of Iron - from OD&D vol. 1
16. Wall of Stone - from OD&D vol. 1
A Book of Fifth Level Spells includes the sixteen 5th level spells from OD&D + Greyhawk.

Book of Sixth Level Spells:
1. Anti-Magic Shell - from OD&D vol. 1
2. Control Weather - from OD&D vol. 1
3. Death Spell - from OD&D vol. 1
4. Disintegrate - from OD&D vol. 1
5. Extension III - from Greyhawk
6. Geas - from OD&D vol. 1
7. Invisible Stalker - from OD&D vol. 1
8. Legend Lore from Greyhawk
9. Lower Water - from OD&D vol. 1
10. Monster Summoning IV - from Greyhawk
11. Move Earth - from "Moving Terrain" (VI), Chainmail 2e
12. Part Water - from OD&D vol. 1
13. Projected Image - from OD&D vol. 1
14. Reincarnation - from OD&D vol. 1
15. Repulsion - from Greyhawk
16. Stone to Flesh - from OD&D vol. 1
A Book of Sixth Level Spells includes the sixteen 6th level spells from OD&D + Greyhawk.

Book of Seventh Level Spells:
1. Charm Plants - from Greyhawk
2. Delayed Blast Fire Ball - from Greyhawk
3. Drawmij's Instant Summons - AD&D 1e Players Handbook
4. Mass Invisibility - from Greyhawk
5. Monster Summoning V - from Greyhawk
6. Mordenkainen's Sword - AD&D 1e Players Handbook
7. Phase Door - from Greyhawk
8. Power Word Stun - from Greyhawk
9. Limited Wish - from Greyhawk
10. Reverse Gravity - from Greyhawk
11. Simulacrum - from Greyhawk
12. Statue - AD&D 1e Players Handbook
A Book of Seventh Level Spells includes the nine 7th level spells from Greyhawk, as well as three new spells from the AD&D 1e Players Handbook ("Drawmij's Instant Summons", "Mordenkainen's Sword", and "Statue", which appear as "Summon Object", "Sword", and "Statue" in BECMI).

Book of Eighth Level Spells:
1. Clone - from Greyhawk
2. Incendiary Cloud - AD&D 1e Players Handbook
3. Mass Charm - from Greyhawk
4. Mind Blank - from Greyhawk
5. Monster Summoning VI - from Greyhawk
6. Otto's Irresistible Dance - AD&D 1e Players Handbook
7/ Permanent Spell - from Greyhawk
8. Polymorph Any Object - from Greyhawk
9. Power Word Blind - from Greyhawk
10. Symbol - from Greyhawk
A Book of Eighth Level Spells includes the eight 8th level spells from Greyhawk, as well as two new spells from the AD&D 1e Players Handbook ("Incendiary Cloud" and "Otto's Irresistible Dane", which appear as "Explosive Cloud" and "Dance" in BECMI).

Book of Ninth Level Spells:
1. Astral Spell - from Greyhawk
2. Gate - from Greyhawk
3. Maze - from Greyhawk
4. Meteor Swarm - from Greyhawk
5. Monster Summoning VII - from Greyhawk
6. Power Word Kill - from Greyhawk
7. Prismatic Wall - from Greyhawk
8. Shape Change - from Greyhawk
9. Time Stop - from Greyhawk
10. Wish - from Greyhawk
A Book of Ninth Level Spells includes the ten 9th level spells from Greyhawk.

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