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1e AD&D – Olive Branch Edition

January 20, 2012

Yesterday WotC announced they would reprint a limited run of 1e AD&D core rulebooks, available only at FLGS, with proceeds benefitting the Gary Gygax Memorial Fund. Reactions were mixed, but mostly positive. I think this is definitely a step in the right direction for Wizards, and a bit of an olive branch to the RPG community as a whole.

I’m sure all the true Grognards have their original copies on a lofty shelf full of other dusty tomes from the 70s and 80s, but I think it’s a great way to begin the 5e era of looking at the roots of the game, and making them available again; all while honoring the creator of an entire genre of entertainment.

Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend to open the TSR vaults, and make a lot of old gaming material available again. While this isn’t downloadable PDFs of classic adventures, or relaunching Dragon and Dungeon magazines in both Print and PDF form as real magazines again, it is a nod to the older audience, that remember the good old days of tabletop RPGs.

The books are not priced for casual gamers looking to try RPGs for the first time. At $45 for the DMG, $35 for the PHB, and $35 for the MM, these are priced for the nostalgic RPG dad, remembering dungeons from long ago, who wants to find his dice bag and roll again! I’m going to try my best to get my hands on copies for myself, if for no other reason than to vote with my dollars and tell Wizards they are on the right track!

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  1. January 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

    That is not a Olive Branch, it’s a Trojan Horse. Those books are going to be HALF the size of the current book and cost the SAME PRICE! Sound like a way to make a lot of quick cash with little work. A 120 Page B&W hard cover book by POD will cost you $8 each, so I figure this is costing WOTC about $3 a book to make. If they sell only 10,000 copies (which is reasonable) they will make roughly $300K. Not bad for reprinting something you already had. Beware Greek bearing gifts…

    • January 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

      The prices are definitely on the premium side for what they are, but it also benefits the Gary Gygax memorial in Wisconsin, which I thought was a classy move. I can’t imagine that WotC is betting on this being a cash cow, but if you hate the concept, don’t buy them.

    • January 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I’m confused. Why is this bad? What are you worried that WotC will do if you allow the “Trojan horse” of these books into your home?

      • Scott
        January 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        $3,000? WotC probably spent $3,000 getting their press release together. $3000 isn’t worth getting out of bed for most companies. I think Thoryn’s got it right… Olive Branch…. But how genuine? I understand emotions of ‘too little too late’

        Still, a step in the right direction. And it’s for Gary.

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