1e AD&D – Olive Branch Edition
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!