Originally Posted by Hopeless
As in Chainmail?
So if thats as Original d&d what do you call the basic dungeons and dragons box set?
Nope. As in Whitebox or Woodgrained box or "little brown book" edition. It came after chainmail and, if you came to it completely new, was dependent upon chainmail for its combat system. I think. It's a wonky little set of books, but it's suprisingly open and innovative in its approach.
And it's most often forgotten entirely, even by people who pretend to be grognards.
If you want to get a feel of it, Google "Whitebox Edition" or the like and you'll find some stuff on it, including a downloadable clone of it. Or, at least, I think it's still out there.
Wikipedia has, actually, one of the best descriptions of the various editions and what was in them.