|R Series (R1 - R4)|
Limited-edition modules produced exclusively for members of the RPGA Network. Each had been used at a previous GenCon AD&D Open tournament.
According to author Frank Mentzer, these modules are set in the World of Greyhawk, though at the continent opposite the one in the published campaign setting. The plan was to eventually incorporate them into another World of Greyhawk set -- plans that ended when Gary Gygax left TSR in 1985 (thanks to Brett Easterbrook and Frank Mentzer for this info).
The modules were later tied together with a weak plot into I12 Egg of the Phoenix (and with some severe distortions to the originals), and made available to the general public.
R1 - R3 were produced in 1982; R4 in 1983 (with a slightly different cover style).
Pre-publication versions of R1, R2, and R3 (labeled R3 Part 1), signed and numbered by Frank Mentzer, were used and sold at various GenCon conventions: R1 at GenCon East in 1981 (final round), R2 at GenCon East in 1981 (opening round), and R3 Part 1 at GenCon 14 (in 1981). A pre-publication version of R4 was produced but never publicly released. (R1 and R2 were originally used at earlier conventions, but no copies from those tournaments were distributed to the public). Author Frank Mentzer notes that most of these pre-publication modules were returned to TSR unsold, and destroyed. We're currently logging copies of these modules, similar to what we do for Lost Tamoachan and Ghost Tower of Inverness; see the bottom of this page for the log.
Six additional modules in the R series were used
at AD&D tournaments, but never released to the general public. A
page describing those modules can be found here.
All of these modules have but a single printing. Frank Mentzer believes that 2,500 copies of each were printed, with approximately 250 to 500 of each actually being sold (with R2 Investigation of Hydell being the worst seller). The rest of the modules were pulped.
While R1, R2, and R3 were originally shrinkwrapped, R4 was not (thanks to Frank Mentzer and Kevin Wilson for help with this info).
The pre-publication versions each came in a plain white envelope (with a dot-matrix sticker centered on it, indicating the title and serial number), but otherwise have no cover. Each module consists of single-sided, loose-leaf, photocopied pages (from a dot-matrix-printed original), with no artwork. They are quite similar to the regular published versions, with a few minor textual changes. It is believed that 100 copies of each module were printed, but there's some controversy on this point (thanks to Adrian Newman for this info).
Thanks to Adrian
Newman for the scan of R1 and R1 (pre-pub), to David Wall for the scan of R2 (pre-pub), to
William McCarthy for the scan of R3 Part 1 (pre-pub), and to
Frank Farris for the scan of R4 (pre-pub). Please note that we
have digitally altered the pre-publication module scans in order to remove their
serial numbers (as an anti-counterfeiting measure, since these modules
would be relatively easy to forge). Please
contact us if you need to
verify a module.
These modules, like their RPGA-series cousins, are extremely rare. The pre-publication versions (of which only 100 of each were ever printed, and many have apparently been destroyed) are among the rarest of all D&D collectibles. For the pre-publication versions, "SW" assumes the original white envelope is present.
R1's (pre-publication) accounted for (6 total so far):
R2's (pre-publication) accounted for (2 total so far): R3's (pre-publication) accounted for (4 total so far):
R3's (pre-publication) accounted for (4 total so far):
add your copies to this list >> (cover scan required