It appears that in anticipation of D&D Next Wizards of the Coast has removed much of the Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition Web content. I didn't perform a thorough search to determine if all the content is removed (e.g. I know the Three Dragon Ante Web enhancement "Luck of the Draw" and the Mind's Eye column about psionic tattoos "Getting Wired" are both gone--better not to ask why those are my go-to articles), but it all might be.

What's the best way--and by best I mean both legal and convenient--to continue to access this content?


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Much of the content is still on Wizards' website. Why they didn't create proper redirections I don't know.

Some of it is preserved by "simply" prefixing the word archive to the old URL. For example, the url wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/arch/we can now be found under archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/arch/we. In some cases more modifications have to be made, but I have not discovered a system.

For links that can not be reconstructed, I recommend the Wayback machine.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like URLs of the form http://dnd.wizards.com/go/whatever are just shortcuts for http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/whatever, so, for example, the "Getting Wired" article can now be found here and "Luck of the Draw" is now here. Alas, the download link for "Luck of the Draw" seems to be broken. :( \$\endgroup\$ Aug 1, 2014 at 21:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ archive.wizards.com does not work at all. \$\endgroup\$
    – Laurel
    Mar 31 at 23:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Laurel It was up until recently, but it's currently down, for reasons unknown. Perhaps if enough people contact WotC and ask, they'll restore it? \$\endgroup\$ Mar 31 at 23:58

The archive feature will generally get you the content you once had a link to. There's a couple of URL forms I recognise that'll work.

/dnd/Article links

For Article pages — ones that have /dnd/Article.aspx in the URL, like in the question — there's still a way to access them: replace the 'www' in the URL with 'archive'. So for the updates archive, you'll now need to visit this link:

If there is no 'www' and it's just in the form of http://wizards.com/dnd/example then add the 'archive' portion, to turn that domain into http://archive.wizards.com/dnd/example

/go/article links

For links of this form:

This seems to just be a shortcut or redirect to a proper article link (i.e. the format in the question). Take the bit at the end following the ?x=, which in this case is dnd/updates, and dump it on the end of the proper Article URL:


Producing, in this case, a link to the Errata & Rules Updates page:


I believe a complete centralized copy of all the official 3.x wotc web content can be found in a personal archive over here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dbmkg8efcbn4eak/AAB8n4GLPJ5WLhr3B--461Uka/Nijineko_Archive/nijinekoArchivePlus_v1-4/WotCArchive_v1-4/%20wizards%20web%20site%20downloads?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

For those looking for other materials from the same era the top level link might be useful: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dbmkg8efcbn4eak/AABSjyTbZIEDdIWm0I_uVFkpa?dl=0

The Wayback Machine is also your friend, and most the articles used to be able to be found thereby.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What is the size of this download? Can someone without a dropbox account download it? I get an error from dropbox: "The zip file is too large." \$\endgroup\$
    – Sam Azon
    Apr 1 at 0:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ A vastly superior link to use is this one, which links directly to the “wizards web site downloads” that are the subject of this question. The page you link to includes tons of other stuff that isn’t relevant here. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Apr 1 at 1:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan Thank you for pointing out that the link to the specific sub-folder within the archive is a better answer to the question. Updated as you suggested. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Apr 2 at 18:29

As of this posting, the specifically referenced articles are still available. The best way to locate them is to let google do the heavy lifting for you. Visit google.com and enter the search query

site:wizards.com "mind's eye archive"


site:wizards.com "getting wired"


site:wizards.com "three dragon ante"


site:wizards.com "luck of the draw"

If you would like to save it for future reference, it is advisable that you save the content in an offline format, such as printing the page to a pdf or saving it via a read later style app (wallabag, instapaper, pocket, etc.).


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