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Premium 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Unearthed Arcana (D&D Accessory) Hardcover – February 19, 2013
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But there is one thing that has made this reprint better than the original. I remember the copy my childhood friend had in 1985. The binding of that print was horrible, and quickly fell apart. This reprint seems ALOT sturdier to me. Good value for the price.
As for the content ... well, even as a teenager we sort of knew this was a munchkin's book. The Barbarian and Cavalier classes are incredibly overpowered compared to the class options in the 1st ed. AD&D player's handbook, the rules for playing a drow first appeared here and that always inevitably led my friend to playing Drizzt knock-off, much to the chagrin of our DM. If you are still playing a 1st ed. AD&D game, hopefully your referee has enough sense to pick and choose the bits in this book that he allows in his game.
So am I happy I picked this up? Sure, there's plenty of flavor in here that can be sprinkled into any game (modern, retro, or otherwise) and even if it's just a collectible that sits on your shelf it's far superior to the original as a physical product.
In addition, the content itself is very neat and fun to read. The 1st edition AD&D charm of E.G.Gygax is in full force, and it is a pleasure to enjoy.
But it is less than I anticipated. Although I played this edition from the original rulebooks, I was never exposed to this particular volume until I ordered this reprint. It contains some new character classes, new equipment, new spells. And that's pretty much it. Even though I knew I was getting a relatively thin volume (barely over 125 pages), I was expecting a variety of interesting rules options and insightful discussions of roleplay theory. Although these are somewhat present, the result is nothing near what I expected given my experience with, say, the 3.x edition Unearthed Arcana or DMG2.
Again, this product is excellent in and of itself - high quality reprint edition features maintained, with very enjoyable contents. But most of the content is just more of the same kind of stuff that would/should have been in the original Players Handbook.
Despite this, it deserves a solid 4 stars. I regret paying $30 for it though.
Great printing and excellent overall presentation. I have been playing AD&D since before 1980 so all of my books were getting a little battered. I originally ordered these to be collectors copies, but I enjoy using them more than I want them to sit on a shelf so I can look at them like a hoarder and smile.
One thing that still jumps out at me - how white the pages are. As I said, my copies were pushing 35 years of constant use and the pages had yellowed with time (and not a little bit from greasy gaming snack hands, lol) so thats the first thing that I noticed. I thought the bookmark was a neat idea, but I know the page numbers by heart so its not really needed by me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wish it had the full original cover, but to get the book finally with good binding is a treat.Published 11 months ago by Tickler
Love it or hate it, UA is vital in the development of AD&D. Most of the material presented eventually wound up in 2e, but it is always interesting to see the original presentation. Read morePublished 17 months ago by JIM A MCLAUGHLIN
Excellent reprint with errata corrected. I bought two copies - one I'm saving for my retirement in 30 years - I can't hang my hope son this being a regular event, the reprints.Published 18 months ago by ThomasWhoDoubts
LOVE THIS. Wish they reprinted the rest of the first edition books too, especially Deities & Demigods.Published 20 months ago by Anthony Graham
Now THIS is what the binding should have been like years ago! Everyone I knew back then had a copy that was falling apart because of the poor binding, yet it remained an essential... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robertson
If you play AD&D, don't have an original edition of Unearthed Arcana, and have players who demand more options, you are pretty much required to pick this up.Published on May 28, 2014 by Troy Truchon
The only real complaint I have is not about the product, it's about the price gouging. The pricing on similar editions with a roughly equal page count is less. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Josh
Print is clear and easy to read. Looked pretty similar to the original edition in content. Definitely worth getting if you need a new copy of Unearthed Arcana. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Anna Dunster