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1st Edition D&D Re-issues


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Don't know if this has already been posted, but the First Edition reissues of Dungeons and Dragons have just been released. They look pretty sweet and definitely bring back some fond memories.

Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Official Home Page - Product (1st Edition Premium Player's Handbook)

http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Product.aspx?x=dnd/products/dndacc/02400000

http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Product.aspx?x=dnd/products/dndacc/02390000

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Well, it's not totally a bad scan job. The text isn't scanned; it was re-typed and re-set. They didn't have the original art, so artwork is scanned and touched-up. Overall, I think they did about as good a job as one could expect. Better than I expected, actually. My advice is to take a look the actual books and then decide if you want them or not.

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Reviews from actual buyers seem to indicate that the physical quality of the books is pretty good, especially the binding (and they have bookmark ribbons). The art has suffered in some cases where the contrast had to be dialled up. I guess you're not entirely serious, seneschal, but just for fun I put US$35 in today's money through the Bureau of Labor Inflation Calculator and got a 1974 equivalent of US$7.52 - I think that's actually cheaper than it was?

However, as a B/X fan myself (when it comes to the D&D family) I do wish someone would edit the thread title, though ... I keep thinking, "Wow! They're doing an OD&D reprint? Can't be long before the B/X re-issue!" ... and then the comedown ... :(

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Naw, for that you need Goblinoid Games' Labyrinth Lord, one of the more faithful retro-clones available. The PDF is FREE, but you can get a shiny new hardbound copy for about $32. And that's the whole she-bang, none of this player's manual, GM's manual, Manuel's manual nonsense.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/daniel-proctor/labyrinth-lord-revised-edition-hard-cover/hardcover/product-15061706.html

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However, as a B/X fan myself (when it comes to the D&D family) I do wish someone would edit the thread title, though ... I keep thinking, "Wow! They're doing an OD&D reprint? Can't be long before the B/X re-issue!" ... and then the comedown ... :(

Naw, for that you need Goblinoid Games' Labyrinth Lord, one of the more faithful retro-clones available.

Technically, Swords & Wizardry is a retro-clone equivalent of Original D&D; LL is closer to Holmes or B/X. LL does have an OD&D "emulation mode" through Original Edition Characters.

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Naw, for that you need Goblinoid Games' Labyrinth Lord, one of the more faithful retro-clones available. The PDF is FREE, but you can get a shiny new hardbound copy for about $32. And that's the whole she-bang, none of this player's manual, GM's manual, Manuel's manual nonsense.

Labyrinth Lord: Revised Edition (hard cover) by Daniel Proctor (Hardcover) - Lulu

OSRIC is a closer clone of AD&D 1st edition, but all of the retro-clones have their own charm.

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Reviews from actual buyers seem to indicate that the physical quality of the books is pretty good, especially the binding (and they have bookmark ribbons). The art has suffered in some cases where the contrast had to be dialled up. I guess you're not entirely serious, seneschal, but just for fun I put US$35 in today's money through the Bureau of Labor Inflation Calculator and got a 1974 equivalent of US$7.52 - I think that's actually cheaper than it was?

However, as a B/X fan myself (when it comes to the D&D family) I do wish someone would edit the thread title, though ... I keep thinking, "Wow! They're doing an OD&D reprint? Can't be long before the B/X re-issue!" ... and then the comedown ... :(

You can also get used AD&D 1st Edition books in good condition for about $12.00 - $17.00 each on amazon:

Players Handbook:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0935696016/ref=tmm_hrd_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used

Monster Manuel:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0935696008/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

DMG:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0935696024/ref=tmm_hrd_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used

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I have LL (and Blackrazor's B/X Companion), and they're all very nice. I do actually have my private copy of a combined B/X compendium, typed up from my old hard copies with scanned artwork inserted as appropriate. But it would be nice to see all the old B/X stuff re-issued, with Erol Otus and company in there.

Yeah, I think second-hand AD&D is still relatively easily available to its fans, but a reasonably priced and reasonably intact set of B and X are harder to come by.

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