Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Wizards release classic D&D material for download, nerds of the world rejoice
This is pretty huge news. Wizards have finally made a huge back catalogue of classic Dungeons & Dragons modules, splatbooks and material available for download from DriveThruRPG and its sister sites.
We've been waiting for some time for Wizards to do this, ever since they pulled their PDFs from the site citing file sharing as a major concern. Now they've done exactly the right thing and made their old stuff available, which will no doubt net them a huge amount of money.
You can now get your virtual hands on everything from Basic Edition rules through to 4th Edition, all at really good prices. The Basic Edition rules themselves are only $4.99, which is a steal. However, due to high traffic the site is taking a beating and will probably on and off for a while.
With the OSR market filled to the brim with D&D iterations, Wizards putting the originals out there is a very good move. They know that there's a hankering for older editions, which is part of the reason why they're making D&D Next more 'grognard friendly', and they're capitalising, which is fair enough.