WOTC to Release Premium-Priced Collectors Edition of OD&D

WOTC is going to release a premium-priced reprint of White Box OD&D (6th printing, I assume given the “White Box” reference) in late November for US$149.99. According to the blurb at WOTC, you get the three original booklets, Greyhawk, Blackmoor, Edritch Wizardy, and Gods, Demi-Gods, and Heroes, apparently with new cover art. From the picture this comes in a fancy wood box with some fancy dice (although neither are mentioned in the description.

Personal Opinion (which may be biased because I have the set I bought in the 1970s): While this may please collectors, it is not going to get the game played. Few people are going to pay $150 for this and actually use it at their table. Also, for $150 it should (at least) include a copy of Chainmail 3rd Edition and Swords & Spells. Color me not at that impressed, but then I buy games to play, not as collector’s items.

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3 Responses

  1. So, what's bad? It costs more than $100 to get a white box, and they will offer it and include expansions for $150?

    Why would you (general you here) not buy that to play it? Sure it's a bit expensive, but so it getting an origianl white box to play. Even more so, in fact.

  2. Randall says:

    That's like saying that since a original copy of the First Folio (a collection of 36 of Shakespeare's plays published in late 1623) sells for 5-6 million dollars, a modern printing with those same 36 plays selling for $100K would be a great price. I suppose some might think so. I don't.

  3. So, your basic problem is the price and the idea of a premium edition?

    But, if the going price is $100 for a regular box, it just makes sense to sell them that and more for $150.

    Sure, I'd love to see that box for $10, but that's just not going to happen.