Clangador wrote:I do not like what I see as far as classes go.
It looks as though the author included quite a number of new classes and class ideas introduced by Gary Gygax in Dragon Magazine for 1E.
(the Bard from #56 is the exception)
I've not taken the opportunity to examine and compare the pages closely, but I suspect that Adventures Dark and Deep class information will turn out to be very, very similar to what you find in those issues of Dragon.
In point of fact, none of the new classes came from the pages of Dragon, except in the form of Gygax's outlines of what those classes would be like (and of course the ones that eventually appeared in Unearthed Arcana). The bard in Adventures Dark and Deep, for example, isn't the bard class from Dragon #56 (written by Jeff Goelz, and quite a favorite of mine when it first came out), but is new, with dozens of new spells written specifically for it. Ditto the savant, jester, mystic, etc.
You are entirely correct as to the inspiration for the project, though; those Dragon magazine articles (issues 65, 67, and 103) as well as Gygax's online utterances over the years give quite a bit of information about his intentions regarding his version of a second edition. That material is what has formed the inspiration for Adventures Dark and Deep.