I went to my local game store and put in a pre-order for all three. I guess after all these years of complaining that WotC never supports older editions, I should at least put my money where my mouth is.
Marv / Finarvyn DCC playtester (2011) S&W WhiteBox author (2009) C&C playtester (2003) Builder of the TrollBridge for T&T; Amber Diceless player since 1993 OD&D Player since 1975; Metamorphosis Alpha since 1976
"Don't ask me what you need to hit. Just roll the die and I will let you know!" - Dave Arneson
I just picked up a set at Gary's Games in Seattle. They were overpriced compared to offers on Amazon but I got them anyway.
My first impression is that these are fairly accurate re-creations - I think the Futura font is a little lighter and narrower, resulting in a different look which I don't think is as nice as the original, but I need to dig out my copies of the originals to do a side by side comparison. The headings look very similar to my memory of the originals.
Physically the books seem pretty solid. The paper is semi-glossy, not as matte as the original, but it is not nearly as bad as some modern RPG books I have seen. Readability is about the same as the original. I think the worst problem is the art - some of the art with very heavy, large black areas did not reproduce as much detail as in the originals.
Overall, I would say if you want to game with 1e AD&D, it is a good option to get these books and preserve your originals.
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Last Edit: Jul 28, 2012 16:53:02 GMT -6 by jmccann