- The ToC appears to be very fulsome. There are 127 items listed in the ToC for a 64 page rulebook.
- The optional items are listed as such.
- Off the top of my head, there is nothing that I would expect to be in the ToC that appears to be missing.
My thoughts on reading page B1:
- I really like the artwork by Bill Willingham. I have always though of it as a dwarf and a red dragon fighting a female elf, a fighter and a magic-user. Some people may feel it is too cartoon-y but I like it.
- The dragon and dwarf won initiative and the elf made a saving throw. We are now at the Magic stage of the combat sequence for the side that lost initiative and the magic-user is casting a spell (but the fighter missed the Missile stage, oops). Next up will be the elf's melee attack.
- I always allow my players to describe what their magic missile spell looks like so I assume that this magic-user is casting that spell.
- I like that the armour, helmets, etc are portrayed as simple and functional. The dwarf and fighter are muscular but their equipment is simple and practical.
- The magic-user looks like a magic-user - star and moon covered robe, pointy hat, and wizened beard.
- I think Willingham's signature is cool.
- Another example of the legalese on this page - more copyrights and trademarks. The C&D letters are already drafted.
- Reference to the Holmes Basic edition is nice. Not withstanding what Holmes and Moldvay said about each others' Basic rules in Dragon Magazine.
- A sign of D&D's popularity at that time that it was distributed by Random House?
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