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.
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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.
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.