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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

OSR Christmas - Day Eight - OD&D Dungeons & Dragons Original Edition (White Box) - PDF Only



Its Day Eight of OSR Christmas. Before we get to today's festivities, let's find out who is the recipient of yesterday's awesome gift who ARE the recipients of yesterday's recent GIFTS, as +Jason Paul McCartan offered to make one gift into three!

I would do a drum roll but that doesn't work so well on a blog post. Oh well.
Bob Brinkman, dogrodeo and Dave Bendit - congrats. Email me at tenkarsDOTtavern and we'll get you hooked up.

Now for today's gift. We are giving away the OD&D Dungeons & Dragons Original Edition (White Box) in PDF only. The granddaddy that started it all. Sure, the reprint covers look like shit (IMHO) but the rules are what they are and that makes this nearly priceless, especially for those that don't have this in print (and who wants to spend over $22k for a wood grained box anyway?)
First published in January 1974, the original edition rules of Dungeons & Dragons would go on to see six different printings. This edition is for the Original Collector's Edition released By Wizards of the Coast in 2013, which was itself a revision of the 6th and final printing, the "Original Collector’s Edition" or white box edition.  
You get all three books contained in the original boxed set: Men & Magic, Monsters & Treasure, and Underworld & Wilderness Adventures plus the Reference Sheets booklet. 
Great to read and still great to play, the original edition shows you where the roleplaying hobby began and the original version of the game that spawned a hobby and so much more.
Comment on this post before 8 AM Eastern Time, December 21st, 2016 to be in the running for $9.99 in an RPGNow Gift CardOD&D Dungeons & Dragons Original Edition in Print + PDF is exactly $9.99 or use it for other purchases at RPGNow. The choice will be yours - if Santa picks you :)

This prize is available because of readers like you. Your use of The Tavern's affiliate links allows for giveaways like this.


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+James Spahn is giving away 12 prizes over 12 days and all you need to do is comment on one blog post. You will need to follow the instructions carefully if you want a chance to be gifted.

Note: You MUST comment on the Halfling's Luck blog. This post it just to let you know where to go.


83 comments:

  1. So glad this has been immortalized in digital form. I've never seen the white box materials, so I'd love to pick this up.

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  2. “I am Dungeons & Dragons the White. And I come back to you now… at the turn of the tide.”

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  4. Hoping they add this to the PoD list soon.

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  5. Couldn't afford the aforementioned woodgrain box so this'll be a nice treat ;)

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  6. I play a lot of Swords & Wizardry Complete, so I'd love to see the original version of the rules!

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  7. A treasure I hope they make available POD at some point.

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  8. Earliest edition I ever owned was the Moldvay Basic (with the Erol Otus cover). It'd be fun to read through the White Box.

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  9. Falalalala-lalalala. I've owned white box twice. Once signed by EGG and DA. Sold both. :-(

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  10. Woohoo! Another exciting prize/gift!

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  11. And in the right corner, representing Romania and hoping to win...

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  12. Congrats to the previous winners. I am hoping to win something this year!

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  13. I've heard the White Box D&D books are kind unintelligible, but I'd love to have PDF copies of them all the same!

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  14. There's a "your mom" and "white box" joke in there somewhere...

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  15. Awesome, good 12 days of OSR Christmas so far.

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  16. I've never actually seen this let alone read the rules.

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  17. I'm dreaming of a White Box Christmas.

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  18. Awesome Giveaway! Would love to grab a copy of the 'real rules'

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  19. The Rosetta Stone of gaming. Of course I want it! :D

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  20. I do not have this in print or digital. What a treat this would be. Deal me in.

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  21. The ur-text of roleplaying: hell yes.

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  22. Looking into what started it all. I'm surely interested.

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  23. I would love to have this. Thank you!

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  24. I haven't seen these rules since 1979, the first time I played something called Dungeons and Dragons.

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  25. Wow...I never saw this version...thanks

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  26. Woohoo! I think I emailed you Erik - I'm assuming you're on gmail.

    Now, there's nothing saying that I can't win twice ;)

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  27. Sadly I always thought the Blue cover D&D book was the first game. I had the set basic red and expert blue set with the holes punched in them. I did not realize this existed until about 2 years ago when I started following the OSR movement.

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  28. This is in print? Didn't see that anywhere.

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  29. Heh. D&D and I were born the same year. Could we have been switched at birth?

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  30. Whoa! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  31. Picked up two of the three books ages ago. Went by the same store a few weeks later, and they had a white box, but I had to wait till payday to grab it. Showed up on payday, cash in hand.

    It sold the day before. :(

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  32. The old school is the best school, please krampus. I have been very naughty

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  33. Nice. Comment made.
    i have had computer issues since the summer and this would be a nice end to the year

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  34. I'd love to read the original rules.

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  35. This one has been in my wishlist for some time now.

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  36. it would be fantastic to get this set and just explore what the origins of the hobby is and see what we can learn from playing through the system again.

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