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Premium 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Unearthed Arcana (D&D Accessory) Hardcover – February 19, 2013

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In 1974, the world changed forever when Gary Gygax introduced the Dungeons & Dragons® Roleplaying Game. His innovation and influence can be seen in virtually every facet of gaming today.
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Product Details

  • Series: D&D Accessory
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 1st Edition edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786964448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786964444
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Unearthed Arcana is a divisive work among old school D&D enthusiasts. Some see it as a cop-out and a money grab, a step to the dark side of power gaming, or just a set of optional rules they don't prefer. If that is you, then this new premium reprint is not for you anyway. But for those of us who loved the original, and embraced the rules it proposed, this is a fantastic book to add to your collection. This book, more than any of the other premium reprints, is a must add for one reason above all others...the errata. The original Unearthed Arcana suffered from a ton of mistakes in the print. An errata sheet was printed in Dragon magazine in short order, but an errata sheet is no substitute for actual corrections. Now, with this reprint, WOTC has corrected the mistakes, and included several tables that were omitted from the original book. That makes this reprint a much more usable book at the gaming table, and a worthy investment.
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I remember May of 1985 when one of my best friends bought a copy of UA to expand our D&D campaign. The magic and treasures supplemented our games. The character classes (Cavalier, Acrobat, and Barbarian) were hard to use without heavy modification (turned out too powerful, and unbalanced the game). But with modification by a talented DM, they can add some fun to the game. That said, it was a good supplement. Now it is 2013. I bought the reprint because I had never owned one of the originals. I wanted one for collecting, and for playing (I restarted playing 1st edition AD&D two years ago). As a game supplement, it still has the same value and pitfalls that I remember.

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.
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First things first, the quality of this book is great. It looks fantastic inside and out and the binding is nice and tight; light years better than the original UA printing which has developed a well earned reputation as shoddily put together. My old copy fell apart after about 9 months of use back in 1987 when I picked it up.

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.
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The quality of the book is excellent - same cover, internal cover papers, gold trim, thick quality paper, and ribbon marker as for the core rulebook reprints.

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.
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Just want to echo some of the other reviews:

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.
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I have three copies of the original UA, only one of which has a decent binding anymore. This book, and my copies of Oriental Adventures, seems to have a problem with staying bound. I've gotta say this is a pretty awesome way to re-release. The new cover designs of the classic books are quite attractive, and the content is said to include the errata for the specific books. I have not checked every bit of the errata, but this seems to be the case. All in all, this has made me add AD&D1e to my list of games I'd like to run in the forseeable future - some of my players weren't even born when this book released the first time...
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