Thursday, July 19, 2012

1st Edition Reprints

WOTC's reprints of the 1st edition AD&D Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide and Monster Manual arrived this week.  Except for the new leatherette covers and non-browned paper, the books look just as they did thirty year's ago.  We had a couple of customers complaining that they would have liked to see errata or updates or introductory essays. That misses the point of the books.  WOTC brought them out just as E Gary Gygax wrote them three decades ago as a tribute to them and to help support the Gygax Memorial Fund, which plans to erect a statue in Gygaz's memory in Lake Geneva.

On a related note, and I'm not sure if this relates to the buzz around the limited edition reprints, but this is the first time in quite awhile we have been out of the original First Edition Player's Handbook. Plenty of Dungeon Master's Guides  and Monster Manuals in stock, but not a Player's Handbook on the shelves.