Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook

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  1. dlnewhouse

    dlnewhouse Baldur's Gate

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    I got the new Player's Handbook today. It reads a bit like how to roleplay in Final Fantasy Online.

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    The original first edition is supposedly discussed on The Forgotten Realms wiki.

    The problem is that I don't think that's the true first edition. I think the true first edition has "Dungeons and Dragons" without the word "advanced." IIRC the title was not even "Dungeons and Dragons," it was "Francesca."

    The problem with the edition described on the Forgotten Realms wiki is that the logo is off-center, and it has that banner in the upper left corner. It is no earlier than a 6th printing.

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    ISBN 10
    0-935696-01-6
    ISBN 13
    978-0935696011
     
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    dlnewhouse Baldur's Gate

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    I think the original "Dungeons and Dragons" handbook has the real name of the archangel Belldandy. The angel that died at Kent State.

    It's a challenge to find distinct cover arts and ISBN numbers that correlate.

    The first printing of the first edition player's handbook must be Dungeons and Dragons without "Advanced."

    The earliest version of the player's handbook that I can find is Hackmaster
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    ISBN-10: 1889182362
    ISBN-13: 978-1889182360


    That version looks so silly that it must be the second printing.

    The following is referred to as the third printing


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    ISBN unknown


    The next 2 prints have the same ISBN10, but different ISBN13.

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    ISBN-10: 0935696016
    ISBN-13: 978-0935696011


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    ISBN-10: 0935696016
    ISBN-13: 978-3890840291


    Those are no earlier than the 4th and 5th printings.

    There is another worthwhile printing, the 1995 reprint. The image below is a facsimile, the shortcoming is the lack of a "TSR" logo at the center bottom of the cover. I saw this on one listing on Amazon and have lost track.

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    The latest Wizards of the Coast reprint of the 1e players handbook, 2012 looks like this

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    ISBN-10: 0786962437
    ISBN-13: 978-0786962433


    Here is the 2012 reprint of the Hackmaster player's handbook

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    ISBN-10: 1594591318
    ISBN-13: 978-1594591310


    The publisher is Kenser and Company (Kenser and Elington?). I see why there is some confusion as to whether Wizards of the Coast is the legitimate copyright holder.

    Being honest here, I remember the Anderson family has the Dungeons and Dragons original, and the Freeman family has the junk on the Forgotten Realms wiki and thinks they're bad.
     
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