[swords and wizardry] experience point awards

edited January 2010 in Play Advice
I have a question that doesn't seem to be answered by the text!
Say three adventurers confront a gang of goblins, six of 'em. They manage to neutralize the threat (let's say they kill four and the other two run away). That's 60 xp. Do you think each adventurer deserves the full 60 xp, or a mere 20, given that that's their "share"?
Since treasure is supposed to be awarded at a rate of 2-3 times the xp of relevant encounter-dangers, it seems like divvying the xp among the adventurers is the way to go, for both treasure and for beating monsters.

My dungeon-in-progress has five encounters off the Level 1 column, running about 360 xp. Combine that with 1000 gp in treasures to be found, and that would put a single character at or near level 2, or three characters would be a bit under halfway to 2nd. Given that it's a pretty short adventure, that seems reasonable.

OK, so maybe I answered my own question. Do you disagree? :)
- z


  • Also - how many spells do Magic Users know, at the start of play?
  • Dividing the XP amongst the party members is what I would do; as to starting spells, you could reference 1st Ed. AD&D and have them start with four: Read Magic was always taken then 3 were rolled from a table. I'd say: Read Magic, Offensive Spell and 2 "utility" spells would make sense.
  • XP - This really depends on how you are running your game.

    Spells - Neither the Core S&W or White Box (1st printing) mention the number of spells a MU knows. However it is in the first edition AD&D players Handbook and in OSRIC.

    1st edition AD&D Players Handbook pg. 10
    OSRIC pg. 16
    or page 8 of Supplement I Greyhawk

  • Thanks, folks! :)

    I was thinking 2d3 level 1 spells for MUs at level 1, and the split-the-xp ruling seems to make the most sense.
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