Publication:AD&D Adventures in Space

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AD&D Adventures in Space
System: Dungeons and Dragons 2e 
Abbreviation: — 
Author: Jeff Grubb 
Publisher: TSR 
Item Code: 1049 
Publication Date: 1989 
Format: Boxed set 
ISBN-10: 0-88038-762-9
Product Blurb
Multitudes of worlds wheel through Wildspace. The crystal shells that encase them bob and drift in a turbulent, rainbow ocean which fills all the cosmos. Sturdy merchants, bold pirates, and daring explorers venture into the great, unknown vastness of the universe, seeking wealth and adventure.

The SPELLJAMMER Game puts you in command of a fantastic ship capable of spanning the tremendous distances between planets. Graceful elven flitters, stately illithid galleys, deadly beholder tyrants, and the awesome Spelljammer itself carry trade, emissaries, and heroic action throughout all the worlds of the AD&D game.

The SPELLJAMMER Game includes:

  • Two 96-page books describing the mysteries of travel through wildspace, how to design ships for your adventurers, new spells, space monsters, intelligent, star-spanning races, and the lore of wildspace;
  • Four maps showing planetary orbits, the gigantic Spelljammer, an asteroid city, and a tactical grid for space battles;
  • Full-color cardstock sheets showing deck plans for the most commonly encountered space-going ships;
  • Full-color, stand-up pieces for playing out tactical battles and encounters in space.
This text is quoted from promotion material. Text and images are copyrighted by the original publisher.

AD&D Adventures in Space is a boxed set for the Spelljammer Campaign Setting. It was the first published Spelljammer product.

It provides setting information about the Spelljammer Campaign Setting. The product consists of two 96 page books, four poster maps, eleven cardstock sheets (showing deck plans), three sheets of cut out pieces for tactical battles and one sheet of cut out symbols for use with the crystal sphere map. It was published by TSR Inc. in 1989.[1][2]


This boxed set, the introductory product for the Spelljammer setting, makes the attempt to take Dungeons & Dragons gaming into space with a fantasy flavor, instead of diverging into science fiction (as was done with certain previous attempts).

The Spelljammer setting accomplishes this largely by way of changing the characteristics of space from the real-world layout. The Spelljammer universe (which many consider to be the Material Plane mentioned in other products) follows a layout drawn from ancient theories. The use of crystal spheres and the phlogiston in this setting are what set it apart from science fiction settings and cyberpunk settings, while retaining a general look and feel consistent with the "other planes of existence" aspects of the Dungeons & Dragons game.

Concordance of Arcane Space[edit]

Concordance of Arcane Space is the name of the first book in the AD&D Adventures in Space boxed set.

It explains the rules for conducting AD&D games in space.[1]


  1. Arcane Space - This chapter covers: celestial bodies, wildspace, gravity, helms, crystal shells, the phlogiston, breathing in space, air quality, matters of gravity, temperature and time.
  2. AD&D Rules In Space - This chapter covers: ability scores, character races, lizard men, special races and classes, magic use in space, spelljamming, new wizard spells and new priest spells.
  3. Ships of Wildspace - This chapter covers: spelljammer architecture, outfitting, ship hulls (caravel, citadel, coaster, cog, damselfly, deathspider, dragonfly, dragonship, drakkar, dromond, flitter, galleon, great galley, hammership, longship, man-o-war, mosquito, nautiloid, sidewheeler, squid ship, tradesman, tyrant ship and wasp), power sources (artifurnaces, crown of the stars, forges, furnaces, gnomish helms, lifejammers, major helms, minor helms, nonmagical engines, orbus, pool helms and series helms), armaments (ballistas, bombards, catapults, greek fire projectors, jettisons, rams and sweepers), turrets, hull armor, improved manouverability, personal weapons and amunition, other spelljamming equipment and crews.
  4. Movement & Combat - This chapter covers: long-range movement, tactical movement, combat, long-range combat, short-range combat, ramming, crashes, shearing attacks, grappling, boarding, rapid resolution of small-scale combat, towing, encounters, evasion, running away and repair.
  5. Celestial Mechanics - This chapter covers: the planetary display map (layout of the planets, movement on the map, encounters and evasion) and universe building (preplanned universes, DM created universes and randomly generated universes).
  • Appendix 1 - Spell Effects - This appendix covers: spells in space, wizard spells, priest spells and magical items.
  • Appendix 2 - Travel Times - This appendix covers travel times for: Earth's system, Krynnspace, Greyspace and Realmspace.
  • Appendix 3 - Planetary Display - This appendix features a copy of the planetary display map.
  • Appendix 4 - The Rock of Bral - This appendix covers: The Rock of Bral.

Lorebook of the Void[edit]

Lorebook of the Void is the name of the second book in the AD&D Adventures in Space boxed set.

It explains the races, monsters, and other things that can be encountered in wildspace.[1]


  1. Campaigns in Space - This chapter covers: getting started (the type of campaign), getting there (going into space), space adventures, life on other planets (types of worlds and their life forms, monsters by world type, monster appearance and change in monster statistics) and landfall (arriving at planets).
  2. Spelljammers - This chapter covers: armada, caravel, citadel, damselfly, dragonfly, dragonship, flitter, galleon, (gnomish) sidewheeler, hammership, man-o-war, mosquito, nautiloid, (neogi) deathspider, (neogi) mindspider, The Spelljammer, squid ship, tradesman, tyrant ship and wasp.
  3. Spacefarers - This chapter covers: centaurs, dragons, dwarves, elves, extraplanar beings, giants, gnomes, gobin races, golems, halflings, humans, lizard men, lycanthropes, mind flayers, undead, other monsters, starbeasts and new monsters (arcane, beholder (orbus and hive mother), dracon, dragon (radiant), elmarin, ephemeral, giff, kindori, neogi and scavver (brown, gray, night and void)).
  4. Known Spheres - This chapter covers: Greyspace, Krynnspace and Realmspace.
  • Also included at the back of the book is a Ship Information Form



  1. Planetary Display Map
  2. The Spelljammer
  3. The Rock of Bral
  4. tactical combat hex grid


See also[edit]

Spelljammer Campaign Setting
AD&D Adventures in Space Boxed Set by Jeff Grubb
Concordance of Arcane Space | Lorebook of the Void
The Legend of Spelljammer Boxed Set by Jeff Grubb
Legends and More | The Grand Tour | Captians and Ships
War Captain's Companion Boxed Set by Dale "Slade" Henson
War Captain's Guide | Ship Recognition Manual | Combat Among the Stars
The Astromundi Cluster Boxed Set by Sam Witt
The Astrogator's Guide | Adventures in the Shattered Sphere | The Celestial Almanac
Spelljammer Accessories
SJR1 Lost Ships by Ed Greenwood | SJR2 Realmspace by Dale "Slade" Henson | SJR3 Dungeon Master's Screen by J. Paul LaFountain | SJR4 Practical Planetology by Nigel Findley | SJR5 Rock of Bral by L. Richard Baker III | SJR6 Greyspace by Nigel Findley | SJR7 Krynnspace by Jean Rabe | SJR8 Space Lairs by Nicky Rea and Wes Nicholson
Spelljammer Adventures
SJA1 Wildspace by Allen Varney | SJA2 Skull & Crossbows by Nigel Findley | SJA3 Crystal Spheres by J. Paul LaFountain | SJA4 Under The Dark Fist by Grant Boucher | SJS1 Goblins' Return by Bruce Nesmith | SJQ1 Heart of the Enemy by Rick Swan
Spelljammer Monstrous Compendiums
MC7 Monstrous Compendium Spelljammer Appendix by Jeff Grubb | MC9 Monstrous Compendium Spelljammer Appendix II by Allen Varney
Spelljammer Handbook
CGR1 The Complete Spacefarer's Handbook by Curtis M. Scott


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jeff Grubb (1989). AD&D Adventures in Space. TSR. ISBN 0-88038-762-9. Concordance of Arcane Space. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CoAS" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CoAS" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Jeff Grubb (1989). AD&D Adventures in Space. TSR. ISBN 0-88038-762-9. Lorebook of the Void.
  • Spelljammer reference: 1049XXX0701 (Planetary Display Map), 1049XXX0702 (The Spelljammer map)1049xxx0703 ('tactical combat hex grid'), 1049XXX0704 (The Rock of Bral map), 1049XXX1901 (Lorebook of the Void), 1049XXX1902 (Concordance of Arcane Space),
  • TSR reference: TSR 1049
  • ISBN: 0-88038-762-9

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AuthorJeff Grubb +
ISBN0-88038-762-9 +
Item Code1049 +
Media TypeBoxed set +
Publication Date1989 +
PublisherTSR +
SystemDungeons and Dragons 2e +
TitleAD&D Adventures in Space +