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Swords & Spells is a 49-page sourcebook for Original Dungeons & Dragons released in August 1976. The fifth supplement, it provided a system for mass combat in D&D inspired by the 1971 Chainmail: Rules for Madieval Miniatures game.

Official synopsis[]

Rules for large-scale miniatures battles based on the game Dungeons & Dragons.


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Development and release[]


The book was written by Gary Gygax, with development by Dave Arneson and Ron Kuntz. Dave Sutherland provided art and graphic design, with editing and layout by Tim Kask.

Editor Tim Kask wrote his foreword on July 22, 1976.


Swords & Spells was released by TSR in August 1976 for $[missing data] US.

The original printing was made in July 1976. The book received six printins, with the last printing dated November 1979.[1]

On April 11, 2017, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $4.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Swords & Spells reached the rank of Platinum seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

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