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Unearthed Arcana (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Luke F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/27/2018 12:20:45

Hello! I Just recieved my Print on Demand (POD) copy of Unearthed Arcana 1E AD&D (UA). Overall the quality is pretty good. It isn't Random House (Original Printer) but the current Publisher has done a very satisfying job. The updates are included as others may have mentioned. This is not the original premium book (2013) but has a smooth cover like those currently in circulation similar to Castles and Crusades, Green Ronin Games and others. The book is thicker since the binding is different and the cover a nice glossy lighter brown. Overall the contents are also moved around just a bit do the printing layout but the text to white space is an improvement and everything is very legible. The pages all line up save page 72 which once was the fighting picture prior to the DMs section. It now contains Appendix VI the revised Thieves Table. Other than that the book is the same as the original UA but crisp and readable unlike the original heavy paper that aged quickly over time. Its well worth the $19.99 + shipping (current price). I am now considering purchasing the Heavyweight book to add to the collection. Overall a Great Job to the Publisher and WOTC.



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Unearthed Arcana (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Stanley B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/15/2018 15:45:03

Beautiful book; only has a minor flaw (present in the print version as well) from the persons editing in the Dragon #103 errata not actually reading that magazine, but just going by the 2-page errata sheet. One substantial (to the player character's benefit), official, change was made to the Thief-Acrobat that was only mentioned in the article that accompanied the errata pull-out due to space constraints (see my comment in the Discussions section).

However, the other errata are almost seemless in their insertion (sometimes, there's just a slight change to the fonts you might pick up on as being different from the original, but it takes a discerning (if not obsessively over-critical) eye to catch them). One piece of art (page 72; was originally a full-page drawing of 2 adventurers in mountaineering gear fighting a demon as filler for a page that would have otherwise been blank) was sacrificed from between the Player & DM sections in order to include the new potential race/class combination table, Thief skill modifications for armor table, and Thief-Acrobat skill modifications for armor table, that were original to the errata sheet.

This version is also much better in quality than the older PDFs I've seen of the original printings. Whoever scanned this version (or used software to print it to PDF - not sure which was done) did an excellent job with the conversion.

I own both the physical version and PDF of this reprint. If you intend to print the PDF to self-bind (as opposed to printing out the occasional page for discardable reference), save yourself the trouble and pick up the physical copy too if you can find it cheap - the hardback is so nice, you'll still probably want to use the PDF more often to keep from wearing out that beautiful book. The physical book is half the thickness of the original with the same page count from the higher-quality paper & printing, with none of the binding issues of the original (and it has the built-in bookmark of the first 3 reprints). In fact, I doubt you could print the PDF out double-sided and have it come out that thin (even with the covers being normal paper - and a printer can't replicate the metallic sheen on the centerpiece and gold highlights of the cover).



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Unearthed Arcana (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Jason S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2017 21:53:55

Excellent digital reproduction of a classic AD&D book. All of the complex goodness of the old school days.



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Unearthed Arcana (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Josh J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/24/2016 12:30:26

Worth owning in this format if you're a 1'st edition player. The original print editions were badly and cheaply glued so were prone to pages falling out. This re-print has crisper text, and has the erata/corrections published after the initial print run, which was rife with errors as well as being badly bound!



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