OD&D Wizards of the Coast releases pay-for-download PDFs of the Monster & Treasure Assortment (OD&D) and the Character & Monster Assortment (BECMI)


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Wizards of the Coast has just released pay-for-download PDFs of two different "assortment" products: the D&D Monster & Treasure Assortment Sets One to Three ($4.95) for Original Dungeons & Dragons, and the D&D Character & Monster Assortment ($4.95) for BECMI.

Of course, for both products, the edition notations are little more than technicalities; both of these can be used with virtually any edition of the game, albeit in different ways.

Originally released in 1980, the Monster & Treasure Assortment Sets is a compilation product of three previous releases from 1978. Each Assortment Set presented a lists of random monsters and treasure for characters of particular levels (or, alternatively, dungeon floors). The first set covered levels 1-3, the second levels 4-6, and the third levels 7-9. While intended for OD&D, it's not too much of a stretch to see this being used with B/X or AD&D 1E.

The Character & Monster Assortment, by contrast, was originally released in 1992, with trade dress that presented it as part of the "Challenger Series" of products, which included titles such as Thunder Rift and Rage of the Rakasta. But whereas those products had game stats and flavor text, the Character & Monster Assortment is a collection of what we now call "counters," small cardstock figures that can be punched out and folded over to make little standees for the battlemat. It has over 120 of them altogether, and as such can be put to use in virtually any game of the fantasy genre.

These follow the recent PDF releases of the Non-Player Character Records for AD&D 1st Edition, AC5 D&D Player Character Record Sheets for BECMI, and the D&D Character Sheets - called the Character Record Sheets on the product's front cover - also for BECMI.

Other recent PDF releases from WotC have been Minsc and Boo's Journal of Villainy and Domains of Delight, both for D&D 5E, the Priest's Screen, Wizard's Screen, Wizard's Player Pack, Priest's Player Pack, Thief's Player Pack, and Thief's Screen, all for AD&D 2nd Edition, as well as Luck of the Draw (a supplement for Three-Dragon Ante/D&D 3.5), Gamma World 2e, The Complete Starter Set: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Game 2E, Blood Spawn (Birthright), the Savage Coast Campaign Setting (Mystara 2E), and Savage Coast: Orc's Head (Mystara 2E). Other PDF releases have included the Shattered Keeps map pack, the Worlds of Adventure fast-play game for AD&D 2E, the Hexagonal Mapping Booklet, Quadrille Graph Paper, Outdoor Geomorphs Set 1 - Walled City, Player's Secrets of Muden (Birthright), The Planescape Conspectus, Midnight on Dagger Alley (AD&D 1E), the AD&D 2E starter set Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Game, and the 3.5 Deluxe Character Sheets.

Free releases have included Wrath of the Immortals (BECMI), The Book of Regency (Birthright), Three Dragon Ante, Rob Kuntz's To the City of Brass, and the World of Krynn Trail Map and The Eastern Countries Trail Map (Mystara).

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FYI, the 1980 Monster & Treasure Assortment isn’t just a compilation of the three 1977-78 products. It’s a revision with pretty significant differences in both monsters and treasures, changing the entrees to conform more with the upcoming B/X books.

See here for a comprehensive list of the changes between editions.
Monster-Treasure Assortment: detailed '78 vs '80 - Knights & Knaves Alehouse

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