Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More WotC Reprints; 3.5 This Time. WTF?

EDIT: Turns out B&N has now taken down "Provolone" and the two 3.5 reprints that were up there yesterday.

Well isn't this interesting? It's certainly been a day for news from Wizards of the Coast.

Remember how the reprints of the core 1E rulebooks caused such a stir, and they were then postponed a bit? Well now it seems that Barnes & Noble has put two of the 3.5 rulebooks up on their website for pre-order, going on sale September 18:

Players Handbook
Dungeon Masters Guide

Maybe Monte Cook disagreed with the corporate decision to re-release 3.5, as he thought it might compete with 5E? That's pure speculation, of course, but there's a lot of oddness coming out of WotC in the last day or so, and no mistake.

13 comments:

James Mishler said...

I'm pretty sure that "Provolone," released on the same day as the DMG and PHB, will turn out to be the Monster Manual...

James Mishler said...

Er, here's the link...

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/provolone-wizards-rpg-team/1110379200?ean=9780786962457&itm=6&usri=wizards+rpg+team

Chad Rose said...

Am I to understand they are re-releasing the 3.5 PHB and DMG?

I have to say, I've been following them on Ebay and they are tricky to get cheap....

How odd...

mortellan said...

Weird. Very weird. I'm not that nostalgic for 3.5 yet. I'm still using my current books. Why not a 2E reprint at least?

Dwarin said...

I'm not even sure why they are reprinting 1st ed. Is this some sort of apology to the players for the 4th edition? 3.5 is not that far away into the past that people can't get their hands on the books for a very good price (just check eBay) so I don't quite get the point of this reprint.

Wes said...

Still hoping for a Rules Cyclopedia reprint myself.

Drance said...

This is turning out to be a D&D rapture, where all the dead editions are resurrected...but instead of a second coming it's a fifth coming ;-)

Hamlet said...

I'd agree with Wes. I'd love to see the RC reprinted if only because my old copy (currently sitting on my nightstand) is falling apart and I'm afraid to look at it funny anymore.

I suspect, in the end, that the reprints are because somebody convinced the higher ups that reprinting them won't cost sales simply because those who will buy the reprints either would never have bought the new edition in the first place, or would have purchased it in any case and will buy the reprint if for no other reason than nostalgia or replacing a damaged copy.

WOTC/HASBRO lose virtually nothing by letting them back into print again, and stand lots to gain.

That's my thought anyway.

Antonio said...

That's interesting for sure. Never invested into 3.5 though. If I play 3e, for me it's 3.0 before the "improvements" which made it even more complex. As a side note, "Provolone" is the name of an Italian cheese (yum!)

LazarX said...

Actually if they don't sell, WOTC can stand to lose a ton of money. Printing isn't cheap.

LazarX said...

I thought the 1st edition reprint was a special edition to raise funds for the Gygax memorial.

Alan said...

"Strange things are afoot at the Circle K!"

G. van der Vegt said...

And now it's official. The date posted back then by B&N even matches the date provided by WotC.

http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4news/20120625