AD&D Monster Manual (1E) Premium Hardcover

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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.

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For everyone expecting this in April, directly from WotC's website and Facebook page:

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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.

Scarab Sages

Delayed? Well, that just means I'll have more time to save $$ to buy the set!

The Exchange

"re-mastering the original"??


Crimson Jester wrote:
"re-mastering the original"??

Yeah, as in redoing the typesetting and getting everything ready for printing. They apparently do not have the original masters, or whatever they would have been called in the late 70's, so they have to redo all of that so the books can be printed again.


I have the original of this on me bookshelf just to my left


In STM publishing, the standard method of reprinting a text for which there is no digital copy is to have the book re-key'd using some sort of redundant data entry process, then push the newly created file (usually rtf) through a modern typesetting workflow.

This process is usually less error prone then trying to scrape text out of pdfs (ocr or otherwise), is relatively inexpensive and offered by many off-shore (India/China) typsetting houses. However, it's also prone to slip delivery dates, especially for large amounts of text.

A lot of folks often wonder why a pubisher just doesn't scan the existing copy, distill some PDFs and be done with it. There are several reasons, but the most key is that while the PDF looks ok on your laser printer, the quality of the print won't be acceptible on a commcercial press, even a smaller POD press.


Does anyone know if this book still uses the original art by people like Erol Otus, Trampier, etc.? Because I always thought the original monster illos were gorgeous.


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Yep, it's an exact copy (other than the cover). Although, fwiw, I think Erol Otus was one of the DMG illustrators and not the MM.


I love this book. It brings back so many memories.

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