First published in 1977, it saw a handful of revisions and reprintings. Holmes preferred a lighter tone with more room for personal improvisation, while Gary D&d 3.5 player’s handbook 2 pdf, who wrote the advanced game, wanted an expansive game with rulings on any conceivable situation which might come up during play, a document which could be used to arbitrate disputes at tournaments. The boxed set included a set of polyhedral dice and supplemental materials. For a period in 1979, TSR experienced a dice shortage.
Basic sets published during this time frame came with two sheets of numbered cutout cardstock chits that functioned in lieu of dice, along with a coupon for ordering dice from TSR. The rulebook also included a brief sample dungeon with a full-page map. The book was predrilled for use in a three-ringed binder, and the complete set of polyhedral dice came in a heat-sealed bag with a small black wax crayon to use in marking the dice. Cardboard chits were briefly included in place of dice when TSR’s source dried up. With the revision of the Basic Set, discrete rulesets for higher character levels were introduced as expansions for the basic game. The rules for the game were little changed from the Moldvay set, but the presentation was overhauled into a more tutorial form, to make the game easier for younger players to learn.
Aside from this, he commented that “the book is a vast improvement over the earlier version. Better organization and well written rules are the main features of this edition. He noted that it was not just a money-making scheme on the part of the publisher, trying to sell a new game to existing players. According to Cowie, while the rules stay the same, thus allowing those with the older version to continue using their sets, the presentation has changed.