The prior edition of Dungeons & Dragons had only been out a couple of years when Frank Mentzer was tasked with reorganizing the Basic/Expert sets, and lining them up for upcoming releases of the higher-level Companion, Master, and Immortals rules (ergo… “BECMI”).
Also important was adding a “self-teaching” section in the Basic rules. Most players still learned D&D and RPG table play from other players. But TSR regarded this as limiting since the roleplaying game hobby was still small, and potential players might not have access to existing game groups.
The BECMI Basic / Expert box sets don’t lend themselves to a side-by-side format as the earlier B/X edition, but we can still have fun today!
Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules, Set 1 [BOX SET]
1983, 1989 … Frank Mentzer (editor) … TSR 1011 … ISBN 0880383380
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