If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m really trying to experience the nostalgia of playing AD&D. But as you know, nostalgia ain’t always cheap. There are whole industries rooted in this idea of recapturing the experience of the past.
One part of the nostalgia for me is the tactile experience. I want to hold the dice, smell the books, and hear the pencils scribble. Pencils are cheap. And the books can be had at a reasonable price. But there are two items out there that are not so easy to get at a reasonable price: Dungeon Masters Screens and original D&D dice.
Dungeon Masters Screens
I will not think less of you if you want to buy one on Ebay. But the best price (as of the time of this writing) is $45 for an original 1e DM Screen. Now that’s actually not a bad price. I’ve watched them for about two months now and they trend toward a hundred bucks. But if you’re like me and you’re trying to keep a budget, there are other options out there for you.