In 1974, the world changed forever when Gary Gygax introduced the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. The legacy of his innovative ideas and the extensive reach of his powerful influence can be seen in virtually every facet of gaming today.
To help honor his work and his memory, Wizards of the Coast created limited-edition reprints of the original 1st Edition core rulebooks: the Monster Manual, Player's Handbook, and Dungeon Master's Guide. These premium versions of the original AD&D rulebooks have been lovingly reprinted with the original art and content, but feature an attractive new cover design commemorating this re-release. Available in limited quantities as a hobby channel exclusive in North America.
Your purchase of this monumental book helps support the Gygax Memorial Fund established to immortalize the "Father of Roleplaying Games" with a memorial statue in Lake Geneva, WI.
Well, here is the official word from WotC, directly from their website and Facebook page:
A quick update for those as excited as me (or more excited) about the 1E core book reprint and premium treatment. The process behind re-mastering the original materials unfortunately pushed back the release date a bit. But have no fear - I do have a date for you. We're looking to get out the 1st Edition Premium Players Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master's Guide on July 17th, 2012.
The is few books in my RPG library that has been read and reread than the 1st Ed DMG.
To this very day, as James over at Grognardia put it "Anyone who owns and adores Gary Gygax's AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide knows well that one of its appeals is that, no matter how thoroughly you think you've read it, the next time you pick it up you'll find some little tidbit you're pretty sure you've never read before. Case in point: today, I chanced upon a line at the end of the description of the cloak of poisonousness that I can't recall ever having read.
'After its effects are known, a small label saying "Nessus Shirt Company" might be seen at your option.'
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I will forever believe the AD&D DMG is one of the finest RPG books ever published.
I *still* use mine for reference purposes.
Of course, since I have something like 3 or 4 of them, I probably won't be getting yet another copy, especially since I'm guessing that my original DMGs will outlast this new "high quality" one, given what contemporary publishing standards are.
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Just got done paging through these three beautiful books. I can't believe how familiar they still are - some corner of my brain somehow still remembers where the passage on Monty haul campaigns is, the full page paladin picture...brings back very fond memories.
I bought the originals as they came out - one year between each release. It's embarassing to think that I stress nowadays when a paizo shipment shows as "pending" for a day or two.. :/
I got a chance to play in a 1E game (Temple of Elemental Evil) at Gencon and the GM had all three of these books. First, yes, they're extremely well made and look great. Second, yes, my "muscle" memory somehow was able to almost instantly flip to the Saving Throws and THAC0 charts without even thinking about it. It was.. oddly amusing how quick and easily things returned to my memory. On a related note, playing in that game reiterated in my mind how much more important the GM is than the actual rules. While there are many "holes" in the AD&D rules the GM who ran the session made it exceptionally memorable.