AD&D quick-reference aid for the Dungeon Master. The
"screen" is panels of folded cardboard, with various tables printed on one
side; set up on edge, it blocks players' view of adventure information.
Dungeon Masters Screen
For the first six printings, the color of the screen seems to vary wildly
(even within printings) from a definite yellow to a dark orange. The
color, by itself, is not determinative of a particular printing.
(Thanks to John Justice, John Kozol, Mike Kuo, and Morey Winnett for help
with this information, and to John Kozol for the scan of the First print).
First (1979): No cover art. "Advanced Dungeons
& Dragons" is printed in large letters, centered across the top front
cover. Copyright on cover is simply listed as "1979". Wizard
logo. Paper stock is thinner than later versions (reportedly "a
little thicker than a module cover"). Consists of two screens;
one 11"x17" (psionic tables and the "cover") and one 11"x34" (combat
& saving throws and a reproduction of the cover art from the original
Players Handbook). The
"front side" of both screens (the side facing the players) is laminated;
the "back side" of the screens, with the charts, is plain.
Second (1979?): Adds cover artwork by Erol Otus.
Slight change in the formatting of the cover text (same words, but text
wraps around at different points). Copyright on cover is now listed
as "1979, TSR Games". Screens are otherwise identical to the First
print (though we've had reports of both thin-style cardboard as well
as the thicker-style noted below... any other differences between these
two types is unknown). Thanks to David Banks for the scan.
Third: Identical to Second, but with the following
differences: cardboard is noticeably thicker (this thicker cardboard
would be used for all future printings as well). The artwork paper
wraps around a few millimeters to the chart-side of the screens, which
creates a sort of "seal" on the edges of the cardboard (much like the
covers of the hardback AD&D manuals). The charts themselves are
on a separate sheet of paper, and have been pasted on to the screen.
Fourth (1980?): Now states "This second edition of
the DM Screen..." in the cover text. Wizard logo. "Printed
in USA" on the bottom left. Screens have been "redesigned for
better clarity", are varnished on both sides, and are now both 11"x25"
(a version has been reported with varnish on one side of the screen
only -- thanks to John Justice for this info). The artwork paper
does not wrap around to the chart-side, nor are the charts pasted on.
Fourth+: Identical to Fourth, but does not have "Printed
in USA" on the bottom left. (Thanks to Rhea Shelley for this info).
Fifth (1981): TSR Face logo. "For Advanced D&D
Game" is in an angled yellow banner in upper left; "Dungeon Masters
Screen" is in small letters, centered on top front cover, two lines.
No ISBN or Product Number on front cover or back. No "Printed
in USA" on bottom left. (Thanks to Venison Turner Jr. for this
info, and the scan).
Fifth+: Identical to Fifth, but adds "Printed in USA"
to bottom left. (Thanks to Dan DeFigio for this info).
Sixth: TSR Face logo. "For Advanced D&D Game"
is in an angled yellow banner in upper left; "Dungeon Masters Screen"
is in small letters, centered on top front cover, two lines. ISBN
and Product Number are stacked on the front cover, bottom left, underneath
"Printed in USA".
Seventh (1985): A paper cover (featuring the artwork
from the Fifth printing of the DMs
Guide, and having player character ability summaries on the
back), enclosing two separate, 3-panel cardstock screens: a DMs
Screen (same artwork as the cover), and a Players Reference Screen (artwork
from the Eighth printing of the Players
Handbook). TSR stock #9146. Rear cover has no ISBN
above the bar code, and has the price ($6.00) on the lower right.
Labeled the First printing on our REF
Eighth: Identical to Seventh, but has ISBN above the
bar code (rear cover center), and the price in the lower rear right.
Labeled the Second printing on our REF
page (thanks to Francesco Catenacci and Ross Freier for this info).
Ninth: Identical to Seventh, but has ISBN above the
bar code (rear cover center), and has no price in the lower rear right.
Labeled the Third printing on our REF
page (thanks to Michael Deaton for this info).
Ninth (1989): New cover artwork, and now just a single
cardstock DMs screen. TSR stock #9263, with Angled TSR logo.
Includes the mini-module Terrible
Trouble at Tragidore (which also has the Angled TSR logo), by
Bruce and Jean Rabe, 16 pgs, for levels 5-8. Labeled the Fourth
printing on our REF page (thanks to
Newman for the scan).
Tenth (1992?): Identical to the Ninth printing, but
now features the Gold Angled TSR logo (as does the included mini-module).
Labeled the Fifth printing on our REF
Eleventh (Feb 1994): Identical to the Ninth
print, but now features the TSR Dragon logo (as does the included mini-module).
Has "Eighth Printing, Feb 1994" on back cover. Designated as the
Eighth printing on our REF page. Thanks to
Linda Curtin for this info.
Twelfth (Nov 1994): Same as Eleventh, but says
"Ninth Printing, Nov 1994" on back cover. Designated as the
Ninth printing on our REF page. Thanks to
Scott Fayers for this info.
DMs Screens are fairly common.
DM Screen (1st prt)
DM Screen (2nd/3rd prt)
DM Screen (4th prt)
DM Screen (5th prt)
DM Screen (6th prt)
DM Screen (7th-9th prt)
DM Screen (10th-13th prt)