Apparently, the 1e reprints did well enough to convince WotC that there is indeed a market for older D&D material. A number of future releases are scheduled throughout the coming year!

v3.5

D&D v3.5 (w/ errata) is first. In fact, as of this post, it is already old news. The three core books (PHB, DMG, and MM) were released last month with a MSRP of $50 each. Each is wrapped in plastic as were the 1e reprints. However, since I don’t play 3e, I felt that $150 for the set was more than I can afford atm. Therefore, I can’t tell you anything further about them. Note that Amazon has them for $33 each so you can get the set for less than $100 and free shipping.

2nd Edition

The 2nd edition core books (PHB, DMG, and MM) are scheduled to be released on May 21, 2013.

Against the Slave Lords

Against the Slave Lords (Modules A0-A4) will be released June 18, 2013. It will be a hardbound book containing all the “A” series modules. I’m rather excited to see this one.

“S” Series Modules

Dungeons of Dread “S” Series (S1: Tomb of Horrors, S2: White Plume Mountain, S3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, and S4: The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth) is scheduled to be released March 19, 2013. Like “Against the Slave Lords” above, it will be a hardbound compilation.

I’m hoping that both of these books will contain the original modules in their entirety, with all artwork intact.

My Thoughts

Clearly, WotC has an ulterior motive in releasing these core books. 5e claims to unite the editions and allow groups to play 5e in a way that is consistent with these earlier editions. To that end, I suspect that they want people to view these earlier editions as supplements to 5e. As such, players will naturally need to buy all the 5e books as well as all the “supplements”.

Whether that is their plan or not, I’m very happy to see these older editions back in print and ecstatic that they are reprinting some modules. I don’t want to jinx it but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we may eventually see reprints of all the 1e modules as well as Chainmail and OD&D (including the supplements)

Gygax Memorial Fund

WotC is generously donating a portion of the proceeds from the 1e reprints to the Gary Gygax Memorial Fund.

A number of sales people from various gaming stores have told me that this is also being done with all of the reprints. As far as I can tell this is flatly untrue. There is no indication on the WotC website nor on the Gary Gygax Memorial Fund website.

Note that the 1e reprints each contained an insert clearly stating that this is the case with them. The v3.5 books contain no such insert.

If anyone has a link to any information to the contrary, please contact me and I will make the necessary corrections.