Collector's Arcana: The Basic Rules Set 1 contains both a 64 page Player's Book and a 48 page Dungeon Master's Rulebook.
Pages 29-36 of the Player's Book are often detached as they contain guidelines for Creating a New Character (pgs. 29-30);
a sample Character Record Sheet (pgs. 31-32); a blank sheet of graph paper (pg. 33) and sample characters (pgs. 34-36).
The first printing of this set has BASIC RULES SET 1 on the front of the box, while later prints have SET 1: BASIC RULES which is the
new format TSR adapted.
The Red Box is essentially the 3rd Edition Basic Set - following the 1st Edition Holmes Set and the 2nd Edition "Otus" Set.
Description (From the back cover)
"'Your first step on the road to Adventure!'
This is a game that helps you imagine.
'As you whirl around, your sword ready, the huge red fire-breathing dragon swoops TOWARDS you with a ROAR!'
See? Your imagination woke up already. Now imagine: This game will probably be more fun than any other game you've ever played!
The DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® game is a way for us to imagine together — sort of like reading the same book,
or dreaming the same dream. But it's a book that YOU can write, without putting a word on paper — just by playing a D&D® game.
This New Popular Edition has been completely revised to include ONE-PLAYER GAMES as well as group games for Players and Dungeon Masters. YOU can start
playing RIGHT AWAY!
This box contains all you need to start having FUN:
- Programmed adventures for easy learning and HOURS of FUN
- The PLAYER'S GUIDE for beginning characters — with simple and expert combat rules, magic spells, and role playing tips
- The DUNGEON MASTER'S HANDBOOK — full of treasures, monsters, and dungeons
- All the Dice you need — Six different kinds included, with marker crayon"