Yesterday Wizards announced they’ll be reprinting the 1st Edition AD&D core books in new collectible (in the pre-Magic sense of the word, thanks) editions this April. We can only assume that the choice of reprinting this particular edition, rather than the white box or something else you can’t readily find in free boxes on the curb, was chosen for reasons of rights and convenience on Wizards’ part. It would certainly speak volumes about the supposed commitment to embracing all editions in D&D Next if some other reprints got the same treatment.
EDIT Mike is a jerk: it makes a certain amount of sense that this is a reprint of the last major edition of D&D that Gary Gygax was personally invested in, since the books are a benefit for the Gygax Memorial Fund. Okay then.
THAY ARE OUT FOR A KILL TO THE OSR COMPNANES CAN’T YUO SEE YUO FOOLS?!
DOANT BUY TEHM– IF THAY GO LIKE A HAWTKAKE TEHM EVAL BAS-TURDS AT WOTSEE WILL TRY EVEN MOAR STUFF TO SALE US!
Karl Pilkington, ladies and gentlemen. Give him a big round of applause.
HAHAHAH TANKS ALOT FORE THAT!!1
OK, now I begin to consider all those Mayan woo woo end of the world silliness as plausible.
I get NUNYA too, which I take to mean he has good taste in online reading material – see http://muleabides.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/the-osr-has-won-now-what-does-it-stand-for.
He’s commenting there on my take on what you’re talking about with D&D Next and the Limits of Growth: what if the oral tradition was the thing that Wizards was selling? Not in the crappy product-driven way that leads to Encounters: Lair Assaults and Fortune Cards, but “hey if you want to learn what D&D is about, here are places near you where you can get into a game any day or night of the week for the price of a movie ticket.” (In NYC those places are the Brooklyn Strategist or, to a lesser extent since it doesn’t hire professional GMs so far as I know, the Twenty Sided Store).