What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

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What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Havard » Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:38 pm

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Item Code: TSR 1167
Title: The Complete Starter Set
Type: Core Rules
Published: 1996
Format: 96-page book, 64-page book, 2 32-page books, tri-fold cardstock screen, 8 cardstock accessory sheets, fold-out map, 2 flyers, 7 dice, sprue of plastic miniatures (6 total), Red Dragon Champion die in bag with booklet and header card
There's no better place to start a lifetime of adventure!

Picture a fantastic world filled with monsters, treasures, and daring deeds waiting to be done. Imagine crumbling stone towers and mysterious underground dungeons waiting to be explored and plundered. Imagine yourself as a mighty hero, cunning wizard, or a stealthy thief, facing every danger with your sword or your magic.

The ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS game is the best-selling fantasy role-playing game ever published. In it, two to seven players control the actions of imaginary warriors, wizards, and other heroes in battles against fierce monsters for gold and glory.

This box contains everything you need to play ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS:

The Player's Handbook outlines the basic rules, expanded rules, and magic spells;
The DUNGEON MASTER Guide provides special information for the game master, and three thrilling adventures;
The MONSTROUS MANUAL is filled with ferocious monsters and rich treasures;
A full-color dungeon map gets your first adventures started right away;
Six hero cards give complete details on the game characters;
A stand-up screen contains the information the Dungeon Master needs to run the game;
Six plastic figures represent the players' characters;
Seven different types of dice control the action;
The Book of Lairs provides enough adventures for hundreds of hours of play!
As you can see I have become more interested in these AD&D Intro Boxed Sets lately. It seems likely, but can anyone confirm that the contents of this boxed set (mentioned above) are similar to the 1995 version?

Are the six hero cards the same?

What about the Book of Lairs? Is it basically the same adventures just with a different title or are they new adventures? What dungeon is featured in the fold out map?

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Three versions of this boxed set were published between 1995-1996. The original, labelled First Quest was set in Mystara, while the two revised boxed sets replaced the Mystara references with Forgotten Realms and removed the Spelljammer adventure:
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Re: What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Havard » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:58 am

Found this on RPG.net:
Notes on This Edition
The third iteration of First Quest in as many years. This one's main addition is the AD&D 2E Forgotten Realms "Book of Lairs" . Everything else is more or less the same. Contains: 96-page book, 64-page book, 2 32-page books, tri-fold cardstock screen, 8 cardstock accessory sheets, fold-out map, 2 flyers, 7 dice, sprue of plastic miniatures (6 total), Red Dragon Champion die in bag with booklet and header card.
I see this as a confirmation that this is basically the third version of the First Quest Box. It seems like the Book of Lairs is the AD&D Forgotten Realms 2E one. I wonder if the other adventures from the First Quest Box are still included as part of the DM's booklet?

Looks like the CD was not included in this version.

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Re: What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Morfie » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:19 am

RPGGeek has a bit more.
Looks even more like a reprint - the map names match 2 of the previous sets adventures and the characters and town are the same:
Table of Contents

Books

Player's Handbook (32 pages, stapled)
Monstrous Manual (32 pages, stapled)
Dungeon Master Guide (64 pages, stapled)
Book of Lairs (96 pages, stapled)

Maps

The House on Harrow Hill/The Tomb of Damara (double-sided color poster)

Other Goodies

Eight character sheet and reference cards
Beldar the Brave
Delvar Ironfist
Lordan the Pure
Morganth the Mysterious
Silverleaf Halfmoon
Slinker
AD&D Game Character Record Sheet
The Town of Freedale
Three-panel Dungeon Master's screen
Six plastic miniatures
Human Fighter
Dwarf Fighter
Human Cleric
Human Wizard
Elf Archer
Human Thief
Seven dice (1d4, 1d6, 1d8, 1d10, 1d%, 1d12, 1d20)

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Re: What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Morfie » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:37 am

This 3rd iteration is quite interesting, in that I'd never heard of it before and some fan-made checklists I have never even mention it. Even coded ones do not mention 1167.
The only one that does is Echohawks.

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Re: What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Morfie » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:40 am

Annoying in that TSR created 3 very similar starter sets in 3 consecutive years!

I would've just reprinted the Red Basic Set and converted it to AD&D.

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Re: What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Havard » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:26 am

Morfie wrote:Annoying in that TSR created 3 very similar starter sets in 3 consecutive years!
Yes, pretty weird looking back at it. From what I undestand, these starter sets sold really well. Which is interesting since my group always considered such products useless. I guess they would be picked up for beginners or maybe as Christmas presents and stuff like that.

Comparing page numbers from the facts you supplied from RPGGeek, it is interesting to compare the page counts for the booklets:
1994|PG | 1996 | PG Rule Book | 16 | Player's Handbook | 32 Monsters and Treasure | 28 | Monstrous Manual | 32 Adventure Book | 64 | DM's Handbook | 64

It is interesting that the Adventure Book keeps the same page count as the DM's Handbook. If the Wildspace adventure was removed, what was it replaced with? I'm guessing the Player's Handbook was kept more similar to AD&D while First Quest had a weird hybrid of Classic, AD&D and something else, where characers have only one saving throw category for instance.

I would've just reprinted the Red Basic Set and converted it to AD&D.
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Re: What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Big Mac » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:48 pm

Morfie wrote:Annoying in that TSR created 3 very similar starter sets in 3 consecutive years!

I would've just reprinted the Red Basic Set and converted it to AD&D.
I don't think that First Quest is that sophisticated.

I think this was a desperate attempt to flog starter sets in places that were not selling D&D products. They were probably changing the packaging to try to trick shops into buying the same thing three times.
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Re: What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Havard » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:42 pm

I now own a copy of this boxed set.
Havard wrote:
Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:38 pm
Edit:
Three versions of this boxed set were published between 1995-1996. The original, labelled First Quest was set in Mystara, while the two revised boxed sets replaced the Mystara references with Forgotten Realms and removed the Spelljammer adventure:
Indeed, it looks like the contents of all sets are the same. I got a free Dragon Dice die with this boxed set, but I am not sure if that was somethig the seller on ebay just threw in?

The plastic miniatures are also pretty neat. Wonder if I should try to paint them... :)


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Re: What's in the 1996 AD&D Complete Starter Set?

Post by Digitalelf » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:12 am

Havard wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:42 pm
I got a free Dragon Dice die with this boxed set, but I am not sure if that was somethig the seller on ebay just threw in?
It's possible TSR added the die to the box... I purchased one of the latter 90's FR dos-based video games back in the day, and there was literally a hole drilled into the box (clearly made post production) which had one of those dice in said hole. They couldn't give those things away fast enough! :lol:
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