Wizards of the Coast is pulling all of its PDFs from online stores. As of this moment, the only place to get them is Paizo. Until midnight tonight.
This also means that folks who have previously purchased PDFs will no longer be able to download them. Make sure you’ve got all your stuff.
As fate would have it, I had “buy Chainmail and OD&D” on my “to do” list for the weekend but didn’t get to it. And now Paizo doesn’t carry the 3 OD&D LBBs. Oh, well.
A few months back I was trying to decide whether to go the retro-clone route or use PDFs of the original thing. For a number of reasons, including the lack of a 1981 B/X PDF and the generally-poor quality of scanned stuff I’ve purchased previously, I decided to go with the retros. It looks like that may turn out to have been a very wise choice, though I didn’t know it at the time.
One big knock against players of retros has been the availability of the originals.
That may not apply any longer.
We’ll see what WotC is up to soon enough. Or not.
UPDATE: I had a cart full of modules that I’ve figured I would purchase at some point. But I decided not to pull the trigger.
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll (maybe) see what WotC is doing here. Maybe this is a move in order to open up their own PDF store and they’re eliminating the competition. After all, they must be painfully aware how popular the old stuff is. Maybe they want to fold this in to their web subscription model.
Or maybe they’re just jerks. Either way, reactions are bound to be extreme.