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Wednesday, 18th January, 2012, 11:19 PM #1
Hydra (Lvl 25)
WotC to Release 1st Edition Premium Core Rulebooks Reprints
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, WotC has 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.
Cover art will be available soon. The retailer solicitation PDF contains the following:
Release Date: April 17, 2012; Format: Hardcover; Page Count: 112; Price: $34.95; ISBN: 978-0-7869-6243-3
Dungeon Master's Guide
Release Date: April 17, 2012; Format: Hardcover; Page Count: 240; Price: $34.95; ISBN: 978-0-7869-6241-9
Release Date: April 17, 2012; Format: Hardcover; Page Count: 128; Price: $34.95; ISBN: 978-0-7869-6242-6
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Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:05 AM #2
Spellbinder (Lvl 16)
WotC to reprint 1st Edition books - benefits Gary Gygax Memorial Fund
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:13 AM #3
Spellbinder (Lvl 16)
Classy. Good on you, Whizbros.
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Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:14 AM #4
Grandfather of Assassins (Lvl 19)
Wow, this was not something I was expecting, but it is many ways awesome.
But $45 for the DMG and $35 for the PHB? I'm glad I kept my books, and in good shape.
"If it has stats, we can kill it." - T.G. Jackson, intro to 3rd ed Hackmaster
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:14 AM #5
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
I followed the link to the Play Network but couldn't find more info. Is this intended for general gaming audience or for RPGA gamers?
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:19 AM #6
Spellbinder (Lvl 16)
The PDF seems to be a solicitation that WotC is sending to retailers, asking them to carry these items for sale. It seems to be for the general retail audience.
And I expect it to be HUGE! I'm a player who really hasn't played anything other than 4e, and I am totally pre-ordering these as soon as I'm allowed to do so. It sounds like these are fancy versions of the original books ("premium reprints"), which I'd love to have copies of.
This is so very, very encouraging to hear from WotC. Maybe they'll actually have some success in bringing people together! And it benefits the Gygax Memorial in some way - how cool is that?
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:44 AM #7
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
I'll gladly buy these reproductions, if only to show WotC there is an older gamer market like myself out there.
The giving to the Memorial Fund is just an added bonus in my book.
To Wizards, I say good on you.
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Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:46 AM #8
Anyone balking at the price should remember that this is in inflationary line with the original prices so pony up some dough
This is just so cool.
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Parenthetically, photostat copies of the manuscript rules were made, and when the commercial game was published, fans not willing or financially unable to expend the princely sum of $10 for the product did likewise, copying the material on school (mainly college/university) machines. We were well aware of this, and many gamers who had spent their hard-earned money to buy the game were more irate than we were. In all, though, the 'pirate' material was more helpful that not. Many new fans were made by DMs who were using such copies to run their games. - Gary Gygax
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:48 AM #9
Orcus on an Off-Day (Lvl 22)
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 05:55 AM #10
Grandmaster of Flowers (Lvl 18)
This is just awesome. I still have my 1e books, and have even used them fairly recently, but if I can afford it I'd love to have a new copy to support the Gygax Memorial.