Wizards of the Coast to create deluxe “White Box” D&D set

By Polar_Bear
In Fantasy
Feb 19th, 2013
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Wizards of the Coast will be coming out with a deluxe reprinting of their original White Box D&D set.

From the announcement:

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.

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  • Myrthe

    Wow !! $150 ?!!
    After the recent re-printing of the AD&D rulebooks it looks like they are really trying to capitalize on nostalgia and are going for a cash-grab. Hey, if it allows them to put out a better D&D game, I can’t complain.

    • Mahrdol

      I doubt it will improve anything but their balance sheet.

  • LegoRick

    Are you kidding me? This is the kind of thing consumers with weak fortitudes, like myself, will be unable to resist.

  • cama

    I actually have the original, full set. And the entire 1st edition and all the modules with the yellow band in the corner.

    But man.. does this ever look nice!

    One thing about Wizards – they can’t make D&D v.whatever work, but their vintage stuff is selling like hotcakes!

  • Gailbraithe

    I’m actually not surprised that this is so expensive. When D&D first came out, they were pretty casual about other people’s IP. For example, if that really is a straight reprint, not edited, copy of Supplement IV: Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes, then it has the stats for Conan the Barbarian, Crom and a lot of other Howard characters. Which are all licensed properties. IIRC that ain’t the only IP that might cause problems. WOTC/Hasbro might be cutting a lot of people in on this pie.

    • 4tonmantis

      I remember going over to a friend’s house to play DnD and seeing the Conan stuff and being like.. woah, wtf, Conan!?!?

  • Henrix

    Oh, shiny! But $150? :-/

    Conan is in the public domain, Gailbraithe. (A company says it still owns the right to make Conan films. Tenuous, as I understand it, but just films, not RPGs.)

    I do suppose they do not use ‘hobbit’ or ‘balrog’, being of a later age, but ‘halfling’ and ‘balor’.

    • Gailbraithe

      Actually, the rights to Conan are owned by Paradox Entertainment, Some editions of the original Howard novels are public domain, and you could reprint those, but the rights to the character and derivative works are not.

  • V2

    Wish they’d just support Original or 1st edition as a game set along with their latest version.

    I think a lot of older players would rejoin the fold.

    • odinsgrandson

      I think that a lot of their fans who have recently left have hoped that they would just support their 3rd edition as if it were still around.

      And I’m sure there is a group that wishes they were still supporting 4th as well.

      I don’t see why they can’t have more than one version supported at a time.

      • Myrthe

        YES !! Rather than trying to discern and shoehorn all of what was best in previous editions into one upcoming D&D Next edition.

      • Or like me, who actually enjoy both 3.5 and 4.0. I like them for different reasons and I think some handle various things better than the other. I just think of them as two distinct games that I can play one or the other (like people who play more than one miniatures game).

  • Soulfinger

    It just struck me what the problem is with this set, the one thing that tempered my boundless enthusiasm for gaming sentimentality: no mud dice. The classic D&D experience is incomplete without either mud dice or Game Science, which is still around, cranking out the best dice ever.

    • cama

      It’s missing dice with a crayon to colour in the numbers.

      • Soulfinger

        Right, mud or Game Science, and it should come with the crayon. The red box was like that, and now, here’s Hasbro skimping on the crayons. I wish Crayola would hurry up and buy them out.

  • cama

    LOL. I had the red dragon box for my first D&D set, and it didn’t even come with dice! It had “chits” that you had to cut out and put in cups. How cheap was that?
    I was so excited to get my first set of dice, and a Crayola, to colour them in. I still have all of them! And the uncut chit sheet. That was 30 years ago …

    • cama

      That’s the pre-red basic 1977 printing. Ahhh…

  • Ghost

    I’m assuming that’s a cardboard box printed to look like wood… but if it’s a wooden box that would make the $150 pricetag more acceptable (than printing the pdfs for a few dollars)

    • cama

      Actually I think it looks like a nicely done genuine plywood box. With laser cut art on the top and everything.

      Seriously, I am likely to get this. Even though I have all the originals, just because it’s a nice edition and all. Wizards knows how to steal my money!