Miniature D&D books - anyone bought them?

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Miniature D&D books - anyone bought them?

Post by Big Mac » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:46 am

There are a bunch of tiny D&D books called the TSR Silver Anniversary Miniature Reprints.

I always thought these were a little bit pointless, but has anyone actually bought one or more of these books?
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Re: Miniature D&D books - anyone bought them?

Post by zontoxira » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:40 pm

Never ever heard of that o.O wasn't aware such a thing could even exist.. Which brings me to the follow-up question, what was the reasoning behind this? Some sort of pocket books I assume, but why not 2nd edition, which was more recent, or even 3rd, since it should have been published by then? And why these particular books/boxed sets?
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Re: Miniature D&D books - anyone bought them?

Post by Big Mac » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:59 pm

zontoxira wrote:Never ever heard of that o.O wasn't aware such a thing could even exist.. Which brings me to the follow-up question, what was the reasoning behind this? Some sort of pocket books I assume, but why not 2nd edition, which was more recent, or even 3rd, since it should have been published by then? And why these particular books/boxed sets?
They had four 2nd Edition products in the range.

The RPG Geek page I linked to says this about them: "They were published by Wizards of the Coast and Twenty-First Century Games in 2000 as part of the TSR Silver Anniversary..."

I guess this is similar to the leather-bound D&D collectors editions that have been published more recently. Only, instead of making something that would appear to be a luxury version of an old product, they were making things you might need a magnifying glass to read. :?
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Post by brassdragon » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:31 pm

Big Mac wrote:Only, instead of making something that would appear to be a luxury version of an old product, they were making things you might need a magnifying glass to read. :?
Needing a magnifying glass is exactly right! I remember seeing some of these in a shop, and that was my reaction -- the text was all there, but tiny.

They'd be good for a diorama, maybe? Though then you'd need to find or make dice and furniture and such to the same scale. :)

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Post by night_druid » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:53 pm

I got two, Manual of the Planes and Dragonlance Adventures, solely because I didn't have those books at the time. From what I was told at the time, mini-books like that were the rave in Italy for some reason.
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Post by timemrick » Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:51 pm

I vaguely remember seeing some of these back in the day, but I couldn't have justified the expense even if I had been willing to strain my eyes. ;)
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Post by Sturm » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:15 am

I have three, including Undermountain boxed set. They are really beautiful miniatures, but obviously not really useful. It's true there was a fad for mini books in Italy which lasted for some years, indeed I have others too. I think mini books have completely disappeared from bookshop now.

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