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Dungeons & Dragons Archive Opens its Doors

by Sean P. Aune | January 23, 2013January 23, 2013 11:00 pm PDT

Dungeons & Dragons is bringing back every book from its vast archive in handy to use PDFs.

Wizards of the Coast, the current owners of the Dungeons & Dragons series, has opened a new site called dndclassics.com where you will eventually be able to purchase digital copies of every book ever published for the popular role-playing series. For now the selection focuses on around 80 tiles that come from primarily the golden age of the game, the mid 1970s to early 1980s.

The books are not free, but range in price from $4.99 and upwards towards $20. There is a free sample at the moment, the B1 “In Search of the Unknown” module, so you can see the quality you can expect, and it’s pretty impressive. The scans are large and easy to read, and all of the maps are included. Each item’s page also has an in-depth history of the book and how it fits in with everything else that was published.

If you want to walk down memory lane, or explore the parts of Dungeons & Dragons from before your time, then this may be the way to do. And with the ability to use these on tablets, I envy you as opposed to when I had to carry multiple hardcover books to my weekend gaming sessions.

At our Gen Con 2012 keynote address, Wizards of the Coast was pleased to announce that in early 2013 we would be releasing the first wave of D&D backlist products in electronic format.

Today, Wizards of the Coast together with DriveThruRPG, is thrilled to announce the official launch of Dungeons & Dragons Classics, a new online PDF store containing classic content from every edition of D&D, including fan-favorite supplement materials and iconic adventures. A one-stop-shop for classic D&D content, DnDClassics.com offers an easy way to access and download favorite titles electronically by computer, mobile phone, or tablet (including iPads).

How does it work? It’s easy! Simply create an account* and instantly gain access to a wealth of D&D titles.  There are 80 titles available at launch, with smaller batches of additional titles being released on a rolling basis starting in early February.  Favorite titles can be downloaded to an online Library or saved to a “Wish List” for purchase later. Most titles can also be printed. Settings can also be customized and users can opt to get email alerts whenever favorite publishers or topics get new items (*Users can also sign-in using their DriveThruRPG.com or RPGNow.com login).

We encourage you to share this exciting news with your readers. For more information, check-out DnDClassics.com or visit Wizards.com.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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