Wizards of the Coast has teamed up with my favorite folks over at DriveThruRPG.com and RPGNow.com to make a great deal of “old school” Dungeons and Dragons products available in PDF form. And I should point out that although I’m excited about the old school D&D releases, the PDF format books cover the range from Basic/Expert all the way up to 4th Edition material. So go find your favorites, even you weirdo’s who have this strange attachment to Second Edition D&D.
Behold! DnDClassics.com! (And your DriveThruRPG/RPGNow login and account are linked to this sister site already.)
D&D PDFs Mean No More Bookstore Grinding
No more searching through dusty bins in used bookstores for a copy of Fiend Folio that doesn’t have crumbled up Cheetos between the pages! No more realizations as you set up to run an adventure that the book originally contained a poster map that’s no longer there! One PDF later and I’ve got the D&D book I was after.
I admit, I’m still going to be digging through the shelves of the York Emporium hoping for a lucky find. But then again I have a serious dead tree addiction. And although I love that “going on an adventure” experience of my used bookstore forays, it’s not a guarantee that I’ll find anything, let alone the thing I’m specifically searching for among the shelves. When I wanted a new copy of The Ghost Tower of Inverness I quested for months to no avail.
I’ll also add that I’m not going to pay “collectors’ prices” on eBay for what is virtually guaranteed to be a worn down book that smells of pipe smoke and cats…
D&D PDFs Mean None of My Groups are Safe from History
Between the promise that D&D Next can handle pretty much anything and my love of pillaging maps from published material, those old modules and supplements are going to have a new lease on life. Granted, I have a (sizeable) collection of this material already, but there have always been holes in my personal library. Also, with some of my players going back to the early days of D&D, they may have read a great deal of the common material. (For instance, most of them knew at least two words of the goblin language since they were kids and played Keep on the Borderlands.) But they likely haven’t spent much time with material like The Bane of Llewellyn.
Other than distinctive or often replayed maps that some folks could draw in their sleep -cough- CavesofChaos -cough- even if a player has explored a map before, she’s unlikely to recognize it immediately (or at all, if you change the entry point) when your homebrew adventure gets inserted into the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth. (The Lost Caverns are a personal favorite of mine and I was disappointed to see that module absent from the list of products. Luckily, I have my dead tree copy… my second one after the first wore out.)
So what are you waiting for? Take a trip down memory lane or, for the young and new to D&D among you, discover something old that’s new again.