Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Releases Tuesday: Black Box BECMI Supplements

The mid 90s were an odd time of gaming for me. I started out very excited about the new AD&D 2nd Edition game, moved completely over to Ravenloft and in the end had left D&D completely in favor of games like WitchCraft and Mage.   Consequently, I started the 90s as a college kid and ended the 90s a house, a wife, a kid and ABD on my first Ph.D. so I saw a lot of change.

What that all adds up to is that there were a ton of D&D-related releases that I not only didn't experience or play but also never even heard of till much later.   "Black-box BECMI" was one of those.  Again, as I mentioned, I was into AD&D2 pretty hard and then left D&D, so BECMI was not something I paid attention too.  Fast forward to the mid-late 2000s I started to discover these boxed sets.  In some ways they seem so retro; a boxed set with board-game like pieces in a world edging towards glossy (and thick) hardcovers.

At a +Games Plus auction I was able to pick up these,



They are a ridiculous amount of nostalgia and I REALLY want to use them some time as the start of a pure BECMI campaign.

Well today we got two new releases in this line on DriveThruRPG, The Dragon's Den and The Goblin's Lair.

I have no idea how the scans are. The box interiors have quite a lot of pieces.


So it will be interesting to see how they scanned all of this.  At $5 a piece, that is not too bad of a deal really.   The "Black Box" is not available on DriveThru yet, so you will need to use the Rules Cyclopedia for these.

I don't have a campaign in mind for this at all, outside of knowing I want to use Quest for the Silver Sword as the next adventure after these.  I am always a sucker for a haunted house adventure.

4 comments:

Stelios V. Perdios said...

I miss Games Plus. Even though I'd only go there once or twice a year while passing through Chicago.

Each time I'd spend at least two hours poking around their old merchandise looking for buried treasures, and I'd come away with a good haul.

Now I'm just too far away.

Samwise Seven RPG said...

Black box D&D was one of the first three games that I ever owned. My mother bought that, HeroQuest, and The Lord of the Rings Adventure Game all at the same time. It was a good start to a hobby that has been going strong since. Having a family, buying a house, etc. did cut into my gaming a bit though. ;)

Jeff said...

I'm afraid that they did a crap job on the scans. A lot of bad crop jobs, and a few bad renders on the files. Several of the standie sheets got there ends cropped off, loosing part or all of the end figures. Just bad.

I scan stuff from my collection, for my own personal use, all the time. And I would never do the half-ass job that who ever did this did.

Timothy Brannan said...

Games Plus is the best game store there is. Really.

Sorry to hear about the crappy scan quality though.

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