06 February 2013
The cover of the Dungeons & Dragons Expert Rulebook edited by David "Zeb" Cook with Steve Marsh is now the second work of art to be displayed on this Web log. Once again, the art is by Erol Otus. The version pictured here is a slightly later printing than my own copy, the only difference being the lack of a white circle over which the "2" was superimposed. Together with the Basic Rulebook edited by Tom Moldvay, it was my gateway to the hobby, and I am increasingly of the opinion that it was the best edition of D&D ever published. The PDF is now available, and it is currently ranked #12 in RPGNow's list of "Hottest Items." The Basic Rulebook remains #1. Welcome back to 1981!
[See also Basic Renaissance.]