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...the dragon lunges. Your flashing blade slices the air as searing flames burst over your shield. A lightning bolt crackles from the wizard's fingertips, then bounces harmlessly off the ancient beast's scarred and scaly hide. Will you stay and battle this deadly monster, or leave it behind with its hoard of stolen treasure.

The DUNGEONS your friends create and play mighty warriors, shrewd wizards, cunning elves, and nimble thieves.

Easier than ever to learn!

A 128-page Rules and Adventures Book takes you adventuring while you learn the game!

24 standup counters featuring the awesome monsters you face.

A 6 panel DUNGEON MASTER Screen puts important rules at your fingertips.

Epic Adventures with Wizards, Dragons, and Magic await...Do you feel brave?

NOTE: Unfortunately, the original poster map is not included and due to scanning/formatting errors 2 of the tokens are cut off.

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Lin L March 11, 2022 7:03 am UTC
Will there be a Print on Demand Option, like there is for the Rules Cyclopedia, for this piece of Warm Boyhood Nostalgia one day?
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Philip M February 20, 2022 12:13 pm UTC
Does this come with the DM screen?
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Sean M March 03, 2022 6:01 am UTC
It does have the DM screen included in the PDFs
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Sean M February 19, 2022 5:24 pm UTC
This version of the Basic series is colloquially known as the Denning Basic set (Well... as far as I am aware that's what they're referred to) due to the main editor being a Troy Denning. Though truthfully it's pretty much the Mentzer series with a little touch up.

This version of basic is the 1994 TSR #1106 boxed set and is the final iteration of the basic series and where as the 1991 boxed set has the same information, TSR decided to put the ungainly dragon cards information into the book itself.

Zanzers dungoun, which was the starter adventure for the black box (1991s New Easy to master Dungeouns and Dragons) and this set is pretty lackluster, but functional for a teaching adventure.

Unlike previous iterations, this "basic" book covers levels 1-5 instead of levels 1-3 and then it's supposed go go into the Rules Cyclopedia (which I would recommend to the end of time)

Also, unlike the Mentzer sets, or the Rules cyclopedia, this also has rules for...See more
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Sean M February 20, 2022 6:44 am UTC
I should also add, the "New easy to master Dungeons and Dragons" rule set is the exact same as the "Classic Dungeons and Dragons" rule set.

If we go even deeper, the "New Easy to master Dungeons and Dragons" set is pretty much the Mentzer series....
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William H July 20, 2022 11:58 am UTC
This version of Basic is also the intended start point for transition to the Rules Cyclopedia (TSR1071).
Essentially, the editions of basic are
Moldvay Basic & Cook Expert (1981/1982)
Mentzer Basic/Expert/Companion/Master/Immortals
Denning/Alston/Alston Basic/Cyclopedia/Wrath of the Immortals. The basis is also "Big Black Box" or "Big Black Basic"

Holmes doesn't mesh with the others; it's an orphaned edition. The others are not even whole edition numbers, more like Holmes = 0.5, BX =1, BECMI = 1.1, BBB/Cyclopedia = 1.2
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Derek H February 18, 2022 10:41 am UTC
This really needs one of Shannon's histories, if nothing else to explain how it fits in the Basic line.
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Nicholas M February 18, 2022 12:00 pm UTC
The book itself here is the text from the black box starter set (1070, the one with “learning cards” instead of a book). I have to assume it was costing them too much to produce as a starter set, so they reformatted the same content into a 128 pg paperback. (I own both in their original print form.)
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Walt M February 23, 2022 6:21 pm UTC
This product was actually a revision of the "New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons Game" black box - ironically, the Dragon Cards folio in the black box didn't make exactly make it easy to dungeon master. The "Classic Dungeons & Dragons Game" boxed set was a reformatting of the earlier black box, with a lot of the information from the Dragon Cards folio integrated into the new rulebook. It should be noted that the current PDF is missing some of the standup counters, and the fold-out map of Zanzer's Dungeon - submitting a report so hopefully they'll provide an updated file soon enough. Otherwise, the scan is great.
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Christopher L November 10, 2022 8:47 am UTC
I learned on the Big Black Box. It's a piece of my childhood I aim to track back down one of these days. Alas, it is, understandably, difficult to find one with the original dice and Player minis still there.
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