Wizards of the Coast announced today that they will be releasing a limited edition reprint of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons core rule books. All three books will become available on April 17th, 2012. A portion of the profits from these books will be donated to the Gary Gygax Memorial Fund (a non-profit organization raising money to build a statue of Gary in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin).

Gary Gygax Memorial Fund

WotC contacted Gail Gygax (Gary’s widow) and asked her a few questions about the memorial fund:

Wizards of the Coast: For those who may not be aware, can you please introduce us to the Gygax Memorial Fund? What are you looking to achieve to honor the memory of Gary Gygax?

Gail Gygax: The Gygax Memorial Fund was set up to procure a memorial to Gary Gygax. Gary wanted a memorial, a bust of him to be set in a location in Lake Geneva. A place for his fans to come visit.

Wizards of the Coast: Where is the project currently, in terms of phases? What’s next?

Gail Gygax:. The city of Lake Geneva has granted land in Donian Park. We just need to get the funds raised and the project approved. Stefan Pokorny of Dwarven Forge has donated his talents as sculptor.

Wizards of the Coast: WotC is re-releasing the 1st Edition Monster Manual, Player’s Handbook, and Dungeon Master’s Guide, with purchase of these books helping us to contribute to the fund. What else can gamers do to get involved? How else can they help?

Gail Gygax: We need money, of course. And all greetings of well-wishes in the form of emails to gygaxmemorialfund.com are welcome, as I would like to present those to our City Council.

Wizards of the Coast: Most of us know Gary through his roleplaying games; we never had the chance to meet him personally, but only through the game we played. How would you like Gary to be remembered as a person as well as the father of RPGs?

Gail Gygax: Gary loved the fact that he created D&D and was the father of RPGs and what he gave to the world: men and women coming together and developing friendships and learning. At Gen Con 40 (in 2007) he was overwhelmed with fans relating to him his importance on his work through which they developed lifelong relationships: lifelong friends, marital partners and extended families—all through gaming. What a gift! By that he was truly joyful and comforted.

All Three Books Will Be Available April 17th, 2012

Dungeon Master’s Guide

Item Code: 02390000
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 240
Price: $44.95
ISBN: 978-0-7869-6241-9

Players Handbook

Item Code: 02410000
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 112
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-0-7869-6243-3

Monster Manual

Item Code: 02400000
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 128
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-0-7869-6242-6

Way To Go WotC !!!

Not only am I completely thrilled by the re-release of these books, I applaud WotC for supporting the Gary Gygax Memorial Fund. This move earns them a basketful of respect points from me.