Let's pick it up right from here on the blog. Eighty three was a very good year because it brought out Frank Mentzer's Basic Box set and this was a huge leap forward in some respects. Frank Mentzer built all of the parts & pieces that had been introduced within B/X as well as previous year's Dragon magazine articles.What Menzter Basic did was three fold, it cleared up and clarified the D&D rules. It took other existing material and edited it for a new generation of players. And it made Dungeons & Dragons accessible to the mass market. You might not think so but lots of new players in Eighty Three entered the hobby because of this box set.
For us Menzter Basic was another incarnation of the grand game. And therefore another edition to play with. We had started with original Dungeons & Dragons. Mentzer was different ball of wax. The rules were a bit more streamlined and clarified.
The set had a different feel then previous editions and character generation was slightly more consistant. These were observations of fellow gamers and hobbyists that I've talked with.
Mentzer Dungeons & Dragons seemed to have several things going for it.
- Mentzer Dungeons & Dragons was readily graspable for the ordinary hobbyists or beginner.
- There were enough bones in the Basic set to get the player going deeper into the hobby.
- Mentzer D&D was easy to understand and therefore easily accessible by the beginning player.
- Mentzer D&D was the set up for the one two combo of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons first edition.
- Mentzer D&D was also easy to design home brew adventures or use easily accesible modules for the game.