From 5th back to 1st

Posted by Labyrinthian in ,

WotC has been busy as of late.  First they announce fifth edition and now they are going old school and announcing that they are reprinting the 1st edition core rulebooks.

From the announcement:

In 1974, the world changed forever when Gary Gygax introduced the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. The legacy of his innovative ideas and the extensive reach of his powerful influence can be seen in virtually every facet of gaming today.

To help honor his work and his memory, we created limited-edition reprints of the original 1st Edition core rulebooks: the Monster Manual, Player's Handbook, and Dungeon Master's Guide. These premium versions of the original AD&D rulebooks have been lovingly reprinted with the original art and content, but feature an attractive new cover design commemorating this re-release. Available in limited quantities as a hobby channel exclusive in North America.

Your purchase of this monumental book helps support the Gygax Memorial Fund—established to immortalize the “Father of Roleplaying Games” with a memorial statue in Lake Geneva, WI.

I think it's awesome that they are reprinting the books.  Tapping into the OSR market is a good businesses decision and one that is long overdue.  The fact that a portion of the proceeds are going to the Gygax Memorial Fund is great news, and a classy move by WOTC.  There seems to be a real culture change taking place over at Wizards.

Just like the reprint, it is long overdue.

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3 comments

I can't properly express how happy this makes me. And I truly hope they continue the trend, and support ALL the old editions, eventually.

January 19, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Aye, and with the recent reprint of Metamorphosis Alpha, it's a good time, methinks.

January 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM

I will have to look at these books, when time permits. Just to see how far the game has come.

January 20, 2012 at 7:01 AM

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