When I was introduced to Dungeons & Dragons, our group played original D&D. However, I never had my own set of books. The first set of rules I ever bought was the Holmes Basic Set, followed by the Cook/Marsh Expert rules and then Advanced D&D. I picked up most everything since then but I never went back and picked up the ones I had missed.

Until now!

I just picked up a copy of Chainmail (3rd edition), the original three D&D booklets, and the five supplements. It’s like Christmas.

  • Chainmail
  • Book 1: Men & Magic
  • Book 2: Monsters & Treasure
  • Book 3: Underworld & Wilderness Adventures
  • Suppliment 1: Greyhawk
  • Suppliment 2: Blackmoor
  • Suppliment 3: Eldritch Wizardy
  • Suppliment 4: Gods, Demi-Gods, and Heroes
  • Suppliment 5: Swords & Spells

Sadly, I haven’t been able to really tear into them yet but just flipping through the pages is extremely satisfying. I’ve wanted them for so long. It still feels a little unreal to be able to finally read them.

Where To Get Them

Ebay is the obvious first choice. If you are looking for collector quality copies, you are looking at a few hundred dollars (into the thousands for high quality first printings). But if, like me, all you want is a readable copy and don’t care if they are heavily used, then you should be able to pick up all nine books for under $100.