Which is a great idea. I’ve long been saying that the old game deserves to live on the shelves alongside other classic games.
Whatever you think of the D&D/AD&D split, there’s no doubt that the old Basic Sets sold well. There’s no doubt that a great many AD&D players got their start in the hobby with one of the old Basic Sets. There’s no doubt that an old Basic Set is even more of a different game than the current edition of D&D than it was a different game than AD&D.
Some may doubt that the old game is still as much fun today as it was then, but I’m not the only one who will vouch for that fact.
And let’s not forget that Wizards approved miniature (but complete) reprints of the Basic and Expert sets. They approved selling of PDFs of the classic products. Hackmaster and a “current edition” did coëxist in the market. The idea isn’t without some precedence.
I’d love to see the 1981 Basic and Expert sets reprinted verbatim, but if I’m dreaming...
I’d like to see the Basic and Expert books edited into a single product. With commentary by me to try to head-off some of the misconceptions that I had.
What might the actual products look like?
- A boxed set
- 4 player booklets
- A DM booklet
- Free PDF of the player booklet online
- A companion box set (not more levels, but more spells, monsters, treasures, optional subsystems, &c.)
Maybe? I don’t know.
Of course, D&D is just the tip of the iceberg if we’re going to talk things I want from Hasbro. About Avalon Hill...