Dungeons & Dragons Boxed Sets

These are all the boxed rule sets for the Dungeons & Dragons games:

Original Dungeons & Dragons ["The White Box"]
Basic Game Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (1977)
Basic Game 2nd Ed. Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set
Dungeons & Dragons Expert Set
Basic Game 3rd Ed. Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules
Dungeons & Dragons Expert Rules
Dungeons & Dragons Companion Rules
Dungeons & Dragons Master Rules
Dungeons & Dragons Immortals Rules
Basic Game, 4th Ed. The New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons Game
Dragon Quest

Dungeons & Dragons
Rules for Fantastic Medieval Wargames
Campaigns Playable with Paper and Pencil
and Miniature Figures


a.k.a. Collectors Edition
a.k.a. "The White Box"

Summary
Stock Code2002
Released1974
Cover ArtistKeenan Powell
Rating**
Contains three booklets:

Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set - 1977

Summary
Stock Code1001
Released1977-1980
Cover ArtistDave Sutherland III
Rating**
Contains:

"B1" is the module that I have always seen in this box. However, according to the Acaeum, there are variants of this set.


Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set - 1981

Summary
Stock Code1011
Released1981
Cover ArtistErol Otus
Rating***
Contains:

Dungeons & Dragons Expert Set - 1981

Summary
Stock Code1012
Released1981
Cover ArtistErol Otus
Rating***
Contains:

Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules

Summary
Stock Code1011
Released1983
Cover ArtistLarry Elmore
Rating***
Contains:

Dungeons & Dragons Expert Rules

Summary
Stock Code1012
Released1983
Cover ArtistLarry Elmore
Rating***
Contains:

Dungeons & Dragons Companion Rules

Summary
Stock Code1013
Released1984
Cover ArtistLarry Elmore
Rating***
Contains two sea green books:

Dungeons & Dragons Master Rules

Summary
Stock Code1021
Released1985
Cover ArtistLarry Elmore
Rating***
Contains two black books:

Dungeons & Dragons Immortals Rules

Summary
Stock Code1017
Released1986
Cover ArtistLarry Elmore
Rating***
Contains two gold books:

The New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons Game

Summary
Stock Code1070
Released1991
Project Design
Dragon Cards
Troy Denning
TypesettingGaye O'Keefe
Interior ArtistTerry Dykstra
Cover ArtistJeff Easley
Playing MapSpectrum Graphics
Playing PiecesBrom
Clyde Caldwell
Jeff Easley
Fred Fields
Rating***
This is a large box, which contains:

Although I had already been playing D&D for quite a while, I purchased this because it looked fun. It also was unthreatening enough to get my younger brother into the game. He agrees that the mechanisms for learning are good, but admittedly it was cool packaging and sheer amount of stuff, such as the A3 map and playing pieces, that was impressive. The Dragon Cards are actually the introduction to the game. It is reminiscent of the way the Basic Players Manual teaches the game, illustrating concepts step by step.

This is just an introduction to the game. The Dungeons & Dragons Cyclopedia is supposed to show all the rules.


Dragon Quest

Summary
Stock Code1070
Released1992
Project Design
Dragon Cards
Troy Denning
TypesettingGaye O'Keefe
Interior ArtistTerry Dykstra
Cover ArtistJeff Easley
Playing MapSpectrum Graphics
Playing PiecesBrom
Clyde Caldwell
Jeff Easley
Fred Fields
Rating***
This is a large box, which contains:

Although I had already been playing D&D for quite a while, I purchased this because it looked fun. It also was unthreatening enough to get my younger brother into the game. He agrees that the mechanisms for learning are good, but admittedly it was cool packaging and sheer amount of stuff, such as the A3 map and playing pieces, that was impressive. The Dragon Cards are actually the introduction to the game. It is reminiscent of the way the Basic Players Manual teaches the game, s illustrating concepts step by step. The adventure starts with you being captured by the bad guy, Zanzer, and gradually passing through these sections: Player Characters, Combat, Ability Scores/Classes, Armour & Weapons, Magic, Encounters, and a "What Next" section which tells a player how to create a dungeon and finally a couple of scenarios to be played with a group. Whilst you go from section to section, you are progressing through the supplied map. With the group play, you are supposed to finish off the rest of the map, and finally you can play the dungeon you populated in the previous section.

The Dragon Cards are contained in a gatefold (3 panel) folder which is pretty comprehensive (and a lot better than the AC2 version). Unfortunately, it is made of thin card, rather than the thick card which the normal games master screens i.e. AC2, AC7, and DMR1 were made of. Also, it doesn't quite sit straight on the table, because it has a cavity into which you slide the cards.

This set is supposed to be an introduction to the game. After finishing 5th level, you are supposed to graduate to the Dungeons & Dragons Cyclopedia, which provides all the rules.