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1st Printing
D&D Basic Set
3rd Edition (Red Box)
Item code: TSR1011
Type: Fantasy Role-Playing Game
Release: 1983
Authors: Gary Gygax
Dave Arneson
Revised by: Frank Mentzer
Cover Art: Larry Elmore
Illustrations: Larry Elmore
Jim Holloway
Jeff Easley
Format: Boxed Set
Rarity: Common
Value @NrMint: $15
ISBN: na
Cover Price: na
Print Runs: 1st (May 1983)
Weight: 475 grams
Dimensions: width: 23.5 cm
height: 28.5 cm
depth: 3.5 cm
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"

2nd Printing
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Crayon & Dice

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