Saturday, December 10, 2011
Am I Just Being a Stickler?
While looking back over the Holmes' edited blue-book for Mythopoeic Monday's Holmesian Meditation, I do not find that it anywhere calls itself Basic D&D, as a title. It is titled simply, Dungeons & Dragons, and the title Basic seems to have been added to the box of the Basic Set; keeping in mind that the box and rulebook were available separately and that originally Holmes conceived of the idea of a clear, introductory book to D&D (not AD&D, which is inserted everywhere in the book later by Gygax as a marketing move), keeping, as Holmes says in the preface, to the basics. That makes me want to be a bit of a stickler and not refer to Holmes' book/rules as Basic D&D (which is now freed up to specifically refer to Moldvay's explicitly titled Basic Rulebook), but as Dungeons & Dragons edited by Eric Holmes, or simply, the Holmes edition -- which could be abbreviated happily as D&DH. Thoughts? Or am I overlooking something?