Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Soft opening, redux...

One of the more popular front-page pieces I've done at The Delver's Dungeon was a review of the reissues of the original three Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition rulebooks.  Announced in January of 2012, then finally released in July of that year, they were (for me) the high water mark of Wizards of the Coast's opening up of D&D to reach out to its older audience, fans of older editions.  I believed then (and believe now) in rewarding good corporate behavior so of course I picked up a set as soon as they were released, and covered them in an article showcasing differences between the books as they were when originally released and as they were now.  Since then, there have been re-releases of Unearthed Arcana, eight classic 1e AD&D modules in two separate bound hardbacks, a boxed collector's edition of original D&D, the complete run of 2nd edition AD&D's rulebooks, as well as 3rd edition's core rules (well, "3.5th edition", however you would pronounce that).  Despite having played a good deal of it alongside AD&D in the 2000s, 3.5 never interested me much.  Certainly not enough to purchase a set of rulebooks for it.  Likewise 2e doesn't interest me much at all.  I snapped up a boxed Original D&D set, and will review it very soon (although I did get it last year).  Below is the original July 2012 overview of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons rulebook re-releases, now with a view of Unearthed Arcana.

Alpha and Omega

It's been a good long while since Wizards of the Coast formally announced the coming of 5e.  They'd hinted around about a return to old school gaming values, or at least opening up the idea of them being an option in the rules.  I admit, I was intrigued and I did (and have) engaged in some shameful joy about the passing of 4e.  But the announcement back on January 17th that the first edition AD&D rulebooks were to be reprinted just floored me.  Once I'd picked my jaw up off the floor I think that morning I started calling around to various local game stores to see which of them would carry it (it was as much news to them as to me).

At any rate, I finally settled on Cool Stuff, Inc, a local store that also does a brisk trade in Internet sales.  They offer pretty deep discounts regularly.  It wasn't until March that I was able to go in and for the pre-order.  Imagine my disappointment when I found out the reprints had been delayed from April until July!  However, now having the reprints in hand (and after all, that's the whole purpose of this piece), I can say without hesitation it was worth every minute, because they got the re-release of AD&D nearly perfect.

Monday, December 29, 2014

This is the new Delver's Dungeon - a blogspot page.

The hassle of trying to come up with new content management systems, and then administering those management systems was what has delayed any further output and creations at the "old" Delver's Dungeon domain.  I'll keep it - but from now on this is where anything and everything will get put (except files).

The old forums are closed; I may lock them and reopen them for viewing but I doubt there's anything of interest there.

I'm not doing this to become part of G+ or Das OSR or to rub shoulders with celebrity "OSR" types.  I just wanted a simpler way to 'blog is all.

Themes and such subject to change as I find stuff that's more suitable.