Wizards of the Coast go Full Grognard – re-release original AD&D books

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons to be re-released

While common wisdom holds that you never go full grognard, Wizards of the Coast are letting convention fly to the wind and they’re re-releasing the three original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons books.

Starting April 17th, 2012, folks in the US and Canada will be able to grab themselves premium reissues of the classic RPG.

Here are some nifty things as outlined by WotC:

Key Features

• These premium versions of the original AD&D rulebooks by Gary Gygax make ideal additions to any game collector’s bookshelf or the perfect gift for the nostalgic D&D® player.
• Each book has been lovingly reprinted with the original art and content, but features an attractive new cover design commemorating this re-release of the AD&D core rules.
• Available in limited quantities for a short time only, these are sure to be collectible.
• This is a hobby channel exclusive in North America. That means that players and collectors will be looking to you to pick up their copies!

And something that I find interesting, funds from the sales of these books will go towards the Gygax Memorial Fund.  Why the limited North American release? I’m not entirely sure. Perhaps its to add to the collectability of these re-issues, or perhaps its a bit of a cost savings.

Here’s what we know about pricing:

You can take a look at the full press release right here (PDF).

6 thoughts on “Wizards of the Coast go Full Grognard – re-release original AD&D books

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  1. Bring the Canadian prices down to par with the US ones. It’s ridiculous! Our dollar is worth about the same as a US dollar these days, so why the 15% markup on our Canadian prices? Screw off. I won’t pay those prices for these books.


  2. Wow, 4th ed sucks, 5th ed on the way with no real info, the “Red Box is Back” campaign a complete lie (it was the 4th ed starter v2 pretending to be the classic Red Box)…

    And now a “kind of reprint” honoring E.G.G and giving a good big ‘The Bird’ to Dave Arneson – the man who had to endure a long court battle to get any credit.

    I’ll stick with my original copies of 1st AD&D and my money in my pocket instead of bolstering WotC’s bottom line.


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