Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Somehow I Missed Yesterday's Release of the Unearthed Arcana Premium Reprint

Is it just me, or does this cover look pretty uninviting?

Yep, I dropped the ball on this one. Yesterday, February 19th was the release of the Premium 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Unearthed Arcana (at least that's how Amazon calls it).

I picked up the core 3 AD&D reprints, so why did this fly under my radar (I'm sure I mentioned it months ago when it was announced)? Probably because the mixed reviews it had at the time it was released and the poor feedback I've read over the years.

Me? I still use Weapon Specialization and the new spells, but forget about the new classes and races. Talk about unbalancing. Hmmm, interesting referring to "new classes and races" in a book 28 years old ;)

Anyhow, it's a $49.99 suggested retail. No mention on whether or nor part of the proceeds get donated to the Gygax Memorial Fund - but then I don't think we know how much the first 3 books raised for the fund either. Amazon has it for $31.44 with free shipping. Not a bad deal, if only I needed it.

I don't.


  1. Still one of my favorite books (for obvious reasons).

  2. Unbalanced classes? Have you ever played one where the DM actually enforced the restrictions? Cavalier will probably never survive.

    Amazon.com has it for around 35 I think. That is where I got mine. Good stuff. Clean and crisp! And the binding it not dropping pages.

  3. I dunno. The only things that interest me in that book are the alternate unarmed combat rules, some of the new spells (emphatically NOT Chromatic Orb) and magic items, and some of the new weapons. Maybe the Thief-Acrobat, if a player really wanted to. It's not worth $50, especially since I still have my original copy which is not dropping pages, and probably not even worth $35 to me.

  4. Yesterday's release? I picked this up at my FLGS last week...


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