WOTC to reprint original DnD books.


3.5/d20/OGL

Liberty's Edge

http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Catalog.aspx

I must say the fact that all of the money is going to the Gygax memorial fund is very cool.

Sovereign Court

It says "your purchase helps" but I'm not sure its all the money.

I think its nice that they finally contribute to the Gygax memorial.

Its too bad that they seemed to marginalize Gary during his living years, and ignore his contributions to gaming by distancing themselves from Gary at GENCON.

I like that its seems gamers respect for Gary is finally being heard by WotC. The memorial, afterall, is for all of us, and although I am estranged from WotC - we are all gamers afterall. Its equally nice to see WotC change their "bad boy" personna (the one that used to make fun of gamers during GENCON speaches) into one that shows a little heart and respect.

Is the OGL included in the reprint? 4e was not OGL, but if they wish to mend broken fences with the community, an Open Game Licence with 1e/2e material would certainly decrease much of the enmity and friction generated by the GSL.

Grand Lodge

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I'd buy it, but I know I won't get any use out of it.

Edit: Linkified.

Liberty's Edge

Did original dnd have or need an ogl? When did they make fun of gamers?


This is interesting, though my 1E books are actually in surpisiningly good shape considering how much they were used.


Would be a better idea if they also made the pdf's of old versions available again...


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I like the funky "The Legend Lives On" artwork!

Pravus wrote:
This is interesting, though my 1E books are actually in surpisiningly good shape considering how much they were used.

Yeah, those were some durable books. Except for Unearthed Arcana -- that one fell apart almost instantly.


hogarth wrote:
Yeah, those were some durable books. Except for Unearthed Arcana -- that one fell apart almost instantly.

Actually I think I got one of the better ones as mine didn't fall apart like many others did, it still in excellent shape.

Now I want to run some 1E adventures...

Shadow Lodge

A bit of a correction: the description seems to make it look like this would be a reprint of AD&D, not the original 1974 edition.

Liberty's Edge

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I'll probably pick these up, I doubt it'll release OSRIC at my table though.


Be nice to have, but looks a little hard to get from my normal online retailers...!

The ISBN isn't showing up in the searches etc.


I want this very much, but it might be a bit too expensive, especially since I already have a copy of all of the books they're offering. I really wish they'd release the original boxed set as well.


When are these reprints due to be released?


April, I think.


Yep, the info page for them says April 17th, though it does not says if that is the date they go on sale in gaming stores or if it is the date they ship out to the stores. Though since they are supposed to only be available at retail stores and not online, I would think it is the date the stores would put them out on the shelves.


So far the info I've gathered is the AD&D 1st edition reprints of the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manuel will be released via hobby stores on April 27th, 2012. Also they are going to release a new Drow city of Menzoboranzen campaign book, and Elminster's Forgotten Realms campaign book. If the sales for these books are good enough, they will consider reprinting some more stuff from campaigns, continuing campaign storylines and etc...Rest assured the books are exact reprints from the original core books, the only thing different is the new covers, and new sales adds in the back of the book. These are exciting times for D&D fans, with more than enough options and versions of the game to make several diverse gamers happy.


Well, the Menzobarranzen book is for 4th edition, and Elminster's Forgotten Realms is not based on any edition. It is compiled from a lifetime of Ed Greenwood's notes on the setting, so there may be a few minor things in it that are edition-specific, but that is it.


Are you sure, I've heard they are neutral books.


SuperSlayer wrote:
Are you sure, I've heard they are neutral books.

Ed's Realms is as system-neutral as possible. I believe that it was acknowledged at DDXP over the weekend that there will be a handful of edition-specific references in it, if only because Ed's games actually used rules.

I haven't seen any indication that Menzoberranzan will be edition-neutral. I expect it will be a 4e book.

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