As many of you know by now Wizards of the Coast has released a new "D&D Essentials Line" which the 2010 "Red Box" for 4th edition, shares the same artwork with TSR's 1983 "Red Box". I'm not sure if Wizards of the Coast is going for the nostalgia factor and trying to pull in any of us "old timers" into picking up the "red box" or if they're just being lazy like TSR was near their end, and decided adopt TSR's artwork reuse policy. Anyone remember the horrible debacle that was the crop'fest of Spellfire Cards? Egad! I'm a little puzzled why they chose this version and not the original Sutherland artwork which was "ok" or the next version of artwork from when the game really took off and is ingrained into many D&D players memories, which was from the legendary artist
|1983 Red Box Contents|
|Original Dice w/white wax crayon for filling in the numbers|
|The two rulebooks, one was the players manual|
the other was the DM's Guide/Monster Manual
and mini adventure.
|The only thing else in the box was an|
advertisement for the RPGA!
|Wow check out those low rates! ;)|
|Level 1 and Level 2|
|Level Two was up to you to fill in.|
Level Three was completely left up to you
including the layout to fill in!
|Back of the players manual was the character sheet.|
See how simple things were back then? THACO!
|The back of the 83 Red Box. As you can tell|
completely different than the 2010 version!
|The 2010 Version of the "Red Box".|
I've seen that picture somewhere...