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.