We reported on this before in January and in February. The release date was supposed to be back in April. A new release date was set. Now the news is confirmed.
According to the Facebook page of the Gygax Memoiral Fund, and Wizards of the Coast, the planned reprints of the three Advanced Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks – the Players Handbook, the Dungeon Masters Guide, and the Monster Manual — will finally go on sale on Tuesday, July 17.
The sale of these books with new, throwback covers but identical guts to the original tomes supports the Gygax Memorial Fund, which is trying to get a memorial to Gygax built in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, as well as help cement the legacy of Gygax’s impact on the gaming world.
According to the Gygax Memoiral Fund, “Wizards of the Coast has meticulously reprinted every interior detail of the original 3 core rulebooks for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and bound them in attractive NEW commemorative covers. This limited-edition book honors the memory and work of Gary and your purchase will help support the Gygax Memorial Fund. Ask your local game or bookstore retailer for your copy this Tuesday.”
(When the books will be available on Amazon or other online retailers is unclear. The Gygax Memorial Fund says, “It appears that Amazon will be selling the books towards the end of July.” Also uncertain is whether the books can be purchased overseas.)
One way to show your support of D&D, AD&D and Gygax is by buying these books. Or you can make a direct contribution to the Fund here.
Enjoy some retro-geeking out. And may your encounters with goblins, bags of holding and random harlots be good ones.