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Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 06:44 AM #21
"purchases of this book will help support the Gygax Memorial Fund"
Many times items sold with a charity sales pitch have very low amounts of money that actually go to the charity. So before I'll go "Yay WOTC!" over the charity angle I'm going to want to know how much of that price point is actually going to the GMF vs. how much is the GMF being used to justify the price point.
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Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 06:45 AM #22
Magsman (Lvl 14)
Awesome! Never believed WOTC/Hasbro would do this, let alone support the memorial fund!
It is the spirit of the game, not the letter of the rules, which is important. NEVER hold to the letter written, nor allow some barracks room lawyer to force quotations from the rule book upon you, IF it goes against the obvious intent of the game. As you hew the line with respect to conformity to major systems and uniformity of play in general, also be certain the game is mastered by you and not by your players. Within the broad parameters give in the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Volumes, YOU are creator and final arbiter. By ordering things as they should be, the game as a WHOLE first, your CAMPAIGN next, and your participants thereafter, you will be playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons as it was meant to be. May you find as much pleasure in so doing as the rest of us do.
-1E DMG, page 230
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 06:45 AM #23
Silly! You're looking through the wrong end!
The true 1st print MONSTER MANUAL I have still has a price sticker on the cover: cost, $9.00 US
In 2011 that'd set you back $31.23
I paid $15.00 for my DUNGEON MASTERS GUIDE, but that was in 1983 or so. Cost today? $34.07.
PLAYERS HANDBOOK I think went for $12 back then. $37.39 in today's dollars.
So...right about in line with!
BIG COLLABORATIVE DUNGEON PROJECT! SIGN UP AND ADD A ROOM!
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, 07:01 AM #24
Grandfather of Assassins (Lvl 19)
Last year, I laid out about $80 for the Vampire 20th edition book, though it did have some updates (new art, updated text) - and my older copy only has 7 of the 13 clans so it was a (mostly) good buy. Considering it's likely to just sit on my shelf and collect dust between readings, I'm not going to fault anyone buying reprinted D&D stuff, at any price.
It's just I still have my 1E books and they're in great shape (though I bought another DMG, as my original's binding finally split - though it's still not yet had any pages fall out), so sadly I don't think I'll be buying a copy.
I'm happy for those who will get a chance to pick up fresh copies though.
Hmmm...I don't expect they'll ever do a 2nd edition reprint, do you think?
"If it has stats, we can kill it." - T.G. Jackson, intro to 3rd ed Hackmaster
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 07:24 AM #25
The Great Druid (Lvl 17)
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 07:29 AM #26
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Hm, will this let me get a nice new Demon Idol PHB?
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Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 07:30 AM #27
Guide (Lvl 11)
Thank you Wizards.
I didn't think I would see that. And yet. OMG. I'm actually lacking words.
Thank you so much.
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 07:50 AM #28
The Great Druid (Lvl 17)
Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 07:55 AM #29
Thaumaturgist (Lvl 9)
A cool thing, WotC are hitting many of the right notes lately (very lately so to speak). I'm more excited about D&D Next, but this is a good and smart move.
Maybe some adventures collected in a slipcase as well? Tomb of Horrors, Village of Hommlet, Against the Giants, White Plume Mountain, stuff like that.
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Thursday, 19th January, 2012, 08:02 AM #30
Time Agent (Lvl 24)