I have a soft spot for old-school D&D books. I’ve got a sprawling collection of Basic, 1E, 4E, and now 5E books as well as Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC, Basic Fantasy RPG, Sword & Sorcery, and more.
Every time I discover a new clone, or a new spin on a classic RPG I try to find print copies on eBay or Print-on-Demand on DriveThruRPG. I’m constantly amazed at the level of effort people put into recreating OGL versions of these games from decades ago. Some of them are — if you set aside nostalgia for the originals — better than the originals.
After spending some time reading the B/X books I can honestly say these are among them. The materials are organized better than the originals, and very much more readable and usable. The layout is professional, and the art is quite good. The pages are largely black and white (like the original books) with tasteful use of color highlights to make the tables more readable.
I love collecting high-grade original D&D books, but I can see using these at the table as much, or maybe even more often than, the books they were inspired by.
(These books are a smaller digest format than most classic D&D books. Still, the type is large enough to read and the smaller size makes them really convenient. The price — even for the higher quality print-on-demand — is affordable. You won’t regret grabbing the whole set.)
[5 of 5 Stars!]