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The Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set is a 64-page boxed set released in 1981. Edited by Tom Moldvay, it is part of the second revision of Basic Dungeons & Dragons, colloquially known as B/X. This product is also known as Moldvay Basic, the Magenta Box, or the Basic Set (B/X).

The boxed set consists of the 64-page Basic Rulebook, a copy of the introductory adventure module B2 The Keep on the Borderlands (1981), and six uncolored dice.[1] The rules handle player characters from level 1 to 3, and playing from level 4 onward requires the Expert Set (B/X) (1981).

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The book was written by Tom Moldvay. Art was provided by Jeff Dee, David S. LaForce, Erol Otus, James Roslof and Bill Willingham.

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The Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set was released by TSR in for $[missing data] US or $[missing data] Canadian.

On January 22, 2013, it was re-released in digital format. The Basic Set rulebook is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $4.99, with the adventure module B2 The Keep on the Borderlands (1981) sold separately.

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As of 2023, D&D Basic Set Rulebook reached the rank of Adamantine seller on DriveThruRPG.

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  1. Basic Set, The Acaeum.
Basic Dungeons & Dragons
Core rules
Holmes: Basic Set
Moldvay/Cook B/X: Basic SetExpert Set
BECMI: Basic RulesExpert RulesCompanion RulesMaster RulesImmortals Rules
Rules CyclopediaThe New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons Game
The Classic Dungeons & Dragons Game
Supplements
Creature CrucibleGazetteer
Bestiary of Dragons and GiantsThe Book of Marvelous MagicThe Book of Wondrous InventionsChampions of Mystara: Heroes of the Princess ArkCreature CatalogueCreature CatalogPoor Wizard's Almanac & Book of FactsPoor Wizard's Almanac II & Book of FactsPoor Wizard's Almanac III & Book of FactsThe Shady Dragon InnThunder RiftWrath of the Immortals
Adventures
In Search of Adventure (In Search of the Unknown) • The Keep on the BorderlandsPalace of the Silver PrincessThe Lost CityHorror on the HillThe Veiled SocietyRahasiaJourney to The RockCastle Caldwell and Beyond) • Adventures in BlackmoorTemple of the FrogCity of the GodsThe Duchy of TenArena of ThyatisLegions of ThyatisEye of TraldarThe Dymrak DreadKing's FestivalQueen's HarvestAssault on Raven's RuinThe Best of IntentionsBlade of VengeanceBlizzard PassCastle AmberCrown of Ancient GloryCurse of XanathonDeath's RideThe Dragon's DenDrums on Fire MountainEarthshaker!The Endless StairEye of the WyvernFive Coins For A KingdomThe Gem and the StaffGhost of Lion CastleThe Goblin's LairThe Immortal StormIn the Phantom's WakeInto the MaelstromThe Isle of DreadMaze of the Riddling MinotaurThe Knight of NewtsLathan's GoldLegacy of BloodMaster of the Desert NomadsMystery of the Snow PearlsNight's Dark TerrorQuagmire!Quest for the HeartstoneQuest for the Silver SwordRage of the RakastaRed Arrow, Black ShieldSabre RiverSaga of the Shadow LordThe Savage CoastSkarda's MirrorSword and ShieldTalons of NightTemple of DeathTest of the WarlordsThunderdelve MountainThe Tree of LifeTwilight CallingVengeance of AlphaksThe War Rafts of KronWhere Chaos ReignsThe Wrath of OlympusWrath of the Minotaur
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