Saturday, November 2, 2013

Welcome, Holmes!

My first exposure to D&D was the Moldvay Basic & Expert books. But there was a mention in the Expert edition about "if your copy of the D&D Basic rules has a blue cover with a picture of a dragon on it, then this section is for you" (X4). I never had any idea what that meant.

Until recently.

And for some time now, I've wanted to get a copy of the Holmes book to see first hand what all the fuss is about. 

That day was today. For just $19.99 + shipping I got the boxed set. What is most incredible is the condition - the rule book and module look like they've never been touched. No creases, no pencil marks, nothing. It's like the owner never carried their rule book back and forth to school every day for a year.

I'm still not sure why I was the only bidder, but who cares?

The unboxing:
A little warping, corner damage and a few spots on the bottom box.
Unfortunately, this was the best picture I could get of the rule book glare-wise. I'm almost hesitant to break it in by reading it

The module is in amazing shape. Puts the copy i bought previously to shame.


  1. A very nice purchase, John. I've got a copy somewhere. I know where the box is and the module . . . but I know that the rulebook is somewhere else . . . but just where is escaping me . . . *sigh*.

    They aren't in anywhere near as pristine as yours though.

    Once again, congratulations, sir.

    -- Jeff

  2. Me: JEALOUS!

    Enjoy your treasure haul.

  3. Thanks, gentlemen!
    When I buy older materials, I tend to buy "reading" copies, in obviously used condition, so i don't feel guilty beating them up; i'm going to have to get over that I guess or by the rule book in a beat up state already. I was not expecting anything in such good condition.

    1. I'll be happy to take it off your hands for $20 buck, and then you can go find a beat up copy. ;-)