REGARDING THE REPRINTS
Yes, I know I'm late to the party on this, but I'd like to address the reprints of the first edition DMG, PHB, and Monster Manuals.
My own personal feeling is that everyone in the old school community
should be preparing to buy these when they come out. I should've
expected the bitter whining that has erupted in some areas (though
thankfully, it seems, a vocal minority) from over-entitled gamers about this: Yes, you can
get them for FAR cheaper on ebay. But you know what sellers on ebay
don't have? Modern printing costs, overhead, warehousing, and
distribution costs. The reason to buy these is obviously not because
they're cheap. You should buy them to support the effort. Show
WotC that this was indeed a good idea; that the audience is here and we
are willing to buy our game again, should it come back into print.
seriously, the costs aren't all that out of line with other gaming
books of similar size. Maybe a bit higher, but so be it, really.
Really, so you hate 4e. So do I--and Hell, I found the
4th ed version of Tomb of Horrors, and the 4th ed Basic Set more than a bit
insulting to my sensibilities as well. But you know what? It wasn't
WotC's intent to slap grognards across the face--that such was a result
was, to my mind, pretty wildly unintentional. I honestly believe that they were trying in their way to offer a tribute; it just backfired in the old school community. And more than a little of that backlash is coming from these self-same over-entitled gamers who think Hasbro is some sort of Evil Empire out to screw them at every turn.
It's now quite nice to see WotC
actually recognizing the old school community and paying real tribute
to the history of the game. To see them getting it right. To see them paying credit to the resurgence of interest in old editions of the game. The only thing better would be to see them re-release OD&D. Maybe in 2016, for the 40th anniversary!
As for this re-release, I'm looking forward to the new cover art,
and I believe that if these versions of the books are a success, we
could in fact see more official support for them again. Lord knows
they've got a potential cash cow in the libraries of old modules they
could re-release, in the other AD&D hardbacks, etc. But if
old-schoolers turn our noses up at this effort, all it does is validate
the opinions of the newer generation that we're just bitter old people
for whom nothing is good enough.
We are sabotaging ourselves (once again) if we don't recognize and support this effort.
And if your opinion is "We already have a thriving first edition
community; we don't need them anymore," well, then there's nothing I can
say to change your mind on that. And I'll keep my rather colorful
opinions about that attitude to myself, save to say that you're
right--we don't need WotC. Nor do most of us need OSRIC,
Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, Spellcraft & Swordplay,
Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Basic Fantasy, or any of the other
retro-clone or nostalgia games or publishers out there--Hell, we can get
AD&D on ebay for dirt cheap and it's readily available, as are the
old modules, and with some creativity we're all capable of writing our
own modules for our groups.
But I, for one, am happy as a pig in shit to have them on board. Every last one, from WotC to LotFP.