Wizards announced yesterday that they are reprinting the OD&D books. When they first announced that they were reprinting the 1e books, I had hoped that was just the first step down a path that would lead to where we are now. I am so pleased that they’ve finally gotten here.

The books will be re-printed in the original LBB format (Little Brown Books), and sold in a boxed set which will also contain four of the five supplements and a set of dice. It’s been a long time coming and I’m ecstatic that I’ll finally be able to own a set of my own. I have the PDFs but that’s just not the same as having a set of LBBs.

Original Dungeons & Dragons RPG

Original Edition Premium Reprint
Wizards RPG Team

A premium, deluxe edition of the Original D&D “White Box”!

The original Dungeons & Dragons boxed set was published by TSR, Inc. in 1974 and was the very first roleplaying game, introducing concepts that have persisted throughout later editions. It included three small rules booklets in a white box.

This deluxe, premium reprint of the original “White Box” features new packaging and includes the following seven booklets (plus, reference sheets):

  • Volume 1: Men & Magic
  • Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure
  • Volume 3: Underworld & Wilderness Adventures
  • Supplement I: Greyhawk
  • Supplement II: Blackmoor
  • Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardry
  • Supplement IV: Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes

Each booklet features new cover art but is otherwise a faithful reproduction of the original, including original interior art.

Item Details

Item Code: 45390000
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Format: D&D Boxed Game
Price: $149.99; C$172.00
ISBN: 978-0-7869-6465-9

Although I am quite pleased that WotC is reprinting these books, I’m not exactly overjoyed with the boxed set that they came up with:

  • The price is ridiculous. – These aren’t hardbound books. In fact, they aren’t bound at all. Each book is merely a handful of pages folded over and stapled down the middle. Don’t get me wrong. I’m pleased that they retained this format, but the price should have reflected this simple and inexpensive process.
  • Where is the 5th supplement: “Swords & Spells”? – Granted it wasn’t particularly popular, but if four of the supplements are being included I think the fifth should be included as well.
  • Why was the cover art “upgraded”? – The fans of early editions have stated endlessly that they prefer the artwork from that era. This new artwork is clearly more reminiscent of 2e/3e. In any case, there was no reason to take away the original art.
  • What’s with the dice? – A set of dice similar to the dice from that time would have been a nice bit of nostalgia. But these new dice are just out of place.
  • Where is Chainmail? – I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was necessary, but Chainmail and OD&D certainly go hand-in-hand. I really think it should have been included. Hopefully, they will at least make a PDF available on D&D Classics, but a printed copy would have been nice.

All gripping aside, I will certainly pick up a copy. It’s wonderful that all those who have never seen Original D&D before will finally get a chance to see what it’s all about. I’m just disappointed because I feel they could have done a much better job and offered it for considerably less.