Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Whitebox Arrives!


Actually, my Whitebox arrived last week, but i'm busy enjoying its old-school goodness at the moment. It contains the character booklet, Matt Finch's Quick Primer, some graph paper, a book of spells, a treasure booklet, and as a bonus, an adventure entitled The Vile Worm of the Eldritch Oak. The box is very nicely done, with art on the sides and top, and the text and illustrations in the booklets are clear and crisp.

Each booklet is approximately 24 pages, so this is truly a rules-light game, upon which you can add your own house-rules. The adventure is approximately 16 pages, more of a mini-adventure, but I think it is perfect for a new DM, with just the right number of illustrations and background. It should take you at most two sessions to finish this adventure.

It's great to have this game in booklet form, and with the spell book separate from the character booklet. I much prefer the individual books for players, separate from the world building books, as it contributes to the sense of mystery, by players not having access to the bestiary and treasure lists.

I've thrown a copy of Philitomy's Musings and Chgowiz's S&W Reference Sheets into my box as well. Philotomy's musings is a valuable resource for the DM, as are the reference sheets.

I have ordered a second boxed set, along with some extra character booklets. I can hardly wait until those arrive, so I can give each of the players their own character reference booklet.

11 comments:

Pookie said...

Still waiting for mine to arrive and hoping that the box does not get opened and my being charged import tax on it.

Sean Robson said...

Sweet! I got an email this morning confirming that mine has shipped.

@Pookie: I hope yours arrives soon and in good order. Canada Customs has an annoying habit of randomly opening packages and then charging a 'handling fee' for doing so, which really adds insult to injury.

Pookie said...

@Sean

I just had a copy of the TSR 25th Anniversary Box Set arrive after buying it on eBay. Those lovely people at Customs & Excise charged me £25 for them to open and inspect the contents.

Sean Robson said...

What really irks me about getting hit with this handling fee is: is this not what they are already being paid to do?

Pookie said...

I agree entirely.

abhorsen950 said...

Looks very very cool..

John Adams said...

SWEET!

Jay said...

Man, I'm SO jealous! I still haven't received mine. :(

A Paladin In Citadel said...

I was feeling pretty guilty about having already received mine, which may have contributed to my delay in announcing its arrival. Typically Canadian of me, dont you think?

:D

Akrasia said...

My box set arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I quite like it. I'm especially fond of the illustration on the side of the box.

Did your box set include those character sheets? I don't think that any came in mine.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

No, mine had no character sheets, and was also missing book III. John is sending a book III to me.

The image above was from BHP's website. I will post my own picture of my boxed set and my new purchase (the AEC) shortly.