Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Reference: What DnD Alphanumberic Module Codes Meant

There's a cool little feature in the book Heroic Worlds that lists what all the old alphanumeric codes/designators for Dungeons & Dragons modules stood for. I thought it might be handy to reproduce a similiar list here. In case you ever wondered what the "B", "I", or "DA" stood for, here's a list for just that:

A: Aerie of the Slave Lords series
B: Basic series
C: Competition series (for tournaments)
CA: City Adventure series (Lankhmar)
CB: Conan the Barbarian
CM: Companion series
D: Drow series
DA: Dave Arneson's Blackmoor series
DDA: Dungeons & Dragons Adventure series
DL: Dragonlance series
DLA: Dragonlance Adventure series
DLC: Dragonlance Classics series
DLE: Dragonlance Epic series
DLR: Dragonlance Reference series
DMGR: Dungeon Master's Reference Guide series
DQ: DragonQuest series
EX: Expansion series
FR: Forgotten Realms series
FRA: Forgotten Realms Adventure series
FRC: Forgotten Realms Companion series
FRE: Forgotten Realms Epic series
FROA: Forgotten Realms Oriental Adventures series
G: Giants series
GAZ: Gazetteer series
GDQ: Giants/Drow/Queen of the Demonweb Pits compilation
H: For characters of High Level
I: For characters of Intermediate Level
IM: Immortals series
L: Lendore Isles series
LC: Living City series
LNA: Lankhmar/Nehwon Adventures series
M: Marker and Master series
MV: Magic Viewer (only one module of this series was ever actually produced)
N: For characters of Novice Level
OA: Oriental Adventures series
OP: Outer Planes series
PC: Player Character series
PHBR: Player's Handbook Reference series
Q: Queen of the Demonweb Pits
R/RPGA: RPGA series
REF: Reference/Referee (includes Character Records sheets, DM's screen, and the like)
RS: Red Sonja series
S: Special series
SJA: Spelljammer Adventure series
SJR: Spelljamer Reference series
ST: Designator for the rare Up the Garden Path module (it includes a Steam Train)
T: Temple of Elemental Evil series
TM: Trail Map series
U: Underwater series
UK: United Kingdom series
WG: World of Greyhawk series
WGA: World of Greyhawk Adventures series
WGR: World of Greyhawk Reference series
X: Expert rules series

EDIT: Mad Brew added some more!

DS: Dark Sun
DSQ: Dark Sun Quest
DSR: Dark Sun Reference
DSS: Dark Sun Supplement
DSE: Dark Sun Epic
DSM: Dark Sun Module
RA: Ravenloft Adventure
RM: Ravenloft Module
RQ: Ravenloft Quest
RR: Ravenloft Reference
RS: Ravenloft Supplement (just 1 produced)

MC: Monstrous Compendium
ALQ: Al-Qadim Quest
FMA: Forgotten Realms' Maztica Adventure
FMQ: Forgotten Realms' Maztica Quest (only 1)

10 comments:

Bonemaster said...

Just reading this list brings back memories of some the modules in the various series.

Oddysey said...

You know, for the longest time I had the idea that those codes were actually co-ordinates -- the location on that big Greyhawk map where the adventure took place. I have no idea how I got this idea, but I was slightly disappointed when I figured out that they were really just names.

Mad Brew said...

I'll add to the list, though I am completely making educated guesses here:

DS: Dark Sun
DSQ: Dark Sun Quest
DSR: Dark Sun Reference
DSS: Dark Sun Supplement
DSE: Dark Sun Epic
DSM: Dark Sun Module
RA: Ravenloft Adventure
RM: Ravenloft Module
RQ: Ravenloft Quest
RR: Ravenloft Reference
RS: Ravenloft Supplement (just 1 produced)

Zachary The First said...

Awesome! I can add it in when I get home!

Any others?

Mad Brew said...

MC: Monstrous Compendium
ALQ: Al-Qadim Quest
FMA: Forgotten Realms' Maztica Adventure
FMQ: Forgotten Realms' Maztica Quest (only 1)

I know there are definitely more in the Forgotten Realms, but I'll have to wait until I get home to check my references.

Joseph said...

It's really amazing to me that people *don't* know what the codes meant. I mean, growing up with them, it was just a given. It's hard, sometimes, to remember that not everybody in the hobby has the same shared experience, like going to GenCon to be able to be the first person to buy Temple of Elemental Evil, back when folks had waited for years for it to come out.

Zachary The First said...

@Joseph: Yeah, it is a good thing to remember. By the time I got into gaming, some of those modules had been out 10 years! And there were entire module lines I didn't know existed until much later.

You got Temple of Elemental Evil hot off the presses so to speak? Wow!

Prince Herb said...

Up the Garden Path was a special module for the National Garden Festival held at Stoke on Trent in STaffordshire.

Zachary The First said...

@Prince: True, but I'd always been told it actually stood for Steam Train. Could be both, as some of these are.

Elbuagnin said...

The Lankhmar series also had LNR and LNQ in addition to LNA and CA. Thanks for the post. Some of those codes I just never thought about before.