The Red Box Returns!


Only the hardest of the hardcore Dungeons and Dragons nerds know what I’m talking about when I mention the Red Box. The Red Box was a first edition core rulebook set of D&D manuals that was released waaay back in 1983. Well guess what, gamers! The Red Box is back, and it has been updated to use fourth edition rules, but mashes them up with first edition flavour! The old school races and classes are back, and now players can once again choose from dwarf, elf, human, and halfling with the possible classes of fighter, wizard, rogue and cleric! It’s like a trip down memory lane but with a better ruleset and minus the impossible-to-understand THAC0! I think this is a terrific idea, and I would love to have this set. Wizards of the Coast clearly knows their target audience, and I find it just so awesome that they’re pandering to gamers of both the old and new schools. Here are some stats on the set, taken from the Wizards product page:

  • 32-page book for players, with rules for character creation and a solo adventure
  • 64-page book for Dungeon Masters, with the rules of the game, advice on how to run the game, and adventure content
  • 2 sheets of die-cut tokens for characters and monsters
  • Cardstock character sheets and power cards
  • Double-sided dungeon map
  • 6 polyhedral dice
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