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The most popular, and oft-copied, accessories for the game.  Keep track of your player character (or non-player character) on an organized sheet.

We've divided them into three groups, based on their corresponding game system.


Printing Information  Logos

Original Dungeons & Dragons

  • 1975:  Dungeons and Dragons Character Record.  Top-tearing pad, which came in either green, orange, or white.  Never distributed to the public (apparently used only internally at TSR).  No cover.  Thanks to Kynan Connor for help with this info.
     
  • 1975:  Character Archaic.  Published by Wee Warriors (of Palace of the Vampire Queen fame), and distributed by TSR.  The first publicly-available character sheets.  Red cover, featuring cover art by Morno.  Contains 24 pages, consisting of 20 character sheets, a dungeon map (labeled "The Wizard's Tomb"), a creature encounter sheet, a character roll call, and a combat matrix reference.  Three-hole-punched and bound with metal fasteners.
     
    • First (1975):  Cover cardstock is smooth.  Interior has an advertisement by Morno, the artist.  Does not indicate that it was distributed by TSR.  Interior pages are yellow.  Thanks to Jeff Philbrick for this info, and the scan.
       
    • Second (1976?):  Cover cardstock is rough and textured, like most subsequent Wee Warriors products.  Interior has a notice that it was distributed by TSR.  Interior pages are yellow.  Thanks to Wayne Mitchell for help with this info, and for the scan.
       
    • Third (Apr 1977):  Cover cardstock is now cream-colored, and bound by fasteners at the top instead of the left side.  States on the interior cover page that it's the Second print.  No longer distributed by TSR, but by Wee Warriors exclusively.  Interior pages run lengthwise, and are cream-colored.  Slightly less than 1,000 copies of this print were distributed.  Thanks to Doug Bartholomew and Pete Kerestan for this info, and to Doug Bartholomew for the scan.

    • Fourth:  Cover is cream-colored like the Third print, but now stapled at the top as opposed to being fastened.  Pages are white.  Thanks to Christian Fiset for this info.
       
  • 1976:  Dungeons and Dragons Character Record.  Orange, top-tearing pad.  Never distributed to the public (apparently used only internally at TSR).  Has a "trademark applied for" line on the bottom left.  No cover.
1975 Character Record Character Archaic (1st) Character Archaic (2nd) Character Archaic (3rd) 1976 Character Record


Dungeons & Dragons

  • 1977:  Character Record Sheets.  Tom Wham artwork on cover.  Lizard logo, and states "TM Reg App. For".
     
    • First:  TSR stock # F-1009.  Only two copies of this print have been spotted; both are side-tearing pads, with 27 or 28 sheets.  Both have grey covers,  with three-hole-punching along the left-hand side; one has orange internal sheets, while the other's sheets are grey.  Thanks to William Meinhardt and Mike Rowlatt for this info, and to Mike Rowlatt for the scan.
       
    • Second:  TSR stock # 9014.  Only two copies of this print have been spotted.  Side-tearing pad of 27 sheets.  One copy has a pale orange cover, the other has a light blue cover.  Both have orange internal sheets, and three-hole-punching along the left-hand side.  Thanks to Adrian Newman and Hussain Zaman for this info.
       
    • Third:  TSR stock # 9014.  Top-tearing pad with 25+ sheets (actual number appears to be somewhat random).  Versions with blue or green covers and sheets have been reported (other than colors, they appear identical).  Thanks to John Justice for help with this info.
       
  • 1978:  Character Sheets.  Distributed by Games Workshop under TSR license.  50-sheet pad.  Allen Hunter cover.  Also compatible with AD&D. (Link takes you to the Games Workshop miscellaneous page).
     
  • 1979:  Character Record Sheets.  Tom Wham artwork on cover.  Wizard logo.  Copyright still reads "1977", but "TM Reg App For" has been removed.  Versions with blue, yellow, grey, or green covers and pink, orange, grey, or green sheets have been reported (other than colors, they appear identical).  One copy has been spotted that is a side-tearing pad, but the vast majority appear to be top-tearing.
     
  • 1980:  Player Character Record Sheets.  Blue, full-color cover with Roslof artwork.  16-sheet side-perforated booklet with pale green sheets.  TSR stock # 9037.
     
    • First (1980):  Wizard logo.
       
    • Second (1981):  TSR Face logo.  Does not have Piece Code, ISBN, nor Product Code on the bottom rear cover.  Product listing on rear does not have module B3.
       
    • Third:  TSR Face logo.  Has ISBN (0-935696-66-0) and Product Code (397-51546-3TSR0450) on the bottom rear cover, but no Piece Code.  Product listing does not contain module B3.  Thanks to Hussain Zaman for this info.
       
    • Fourth:  TSR Face logo.  Has Piece Code (101-A-9037), and Product Code on the bottom rear cover, but no ISBN.  Product listing contains module B3.  Thanks to Michael Deaton for this info.
       
    • Fifth:  TSR Face logo.  Has Piece Code (101-A-9037), ISBN, and Product Code on the bottom rear cover.  Product listing contains module B3.  Thanks to Michael Deaton for this info.
       
  • 1984:  AC5 Player Character Record Sheets.  Brown cover.  Compatible with D&D Basic through Companion sets.  Pale green sheets.  Limited distribution, and pulled after a short time.  Interestingly, the character sheets bear a "1980 TSR Games" copyright, implying that they weren't updated at all in the interim (thanks to Anthony Cervino for this).
     
    • First:  Olive border around the cover art.  Unknown whether this or the Second print, below, actually came first.  Thanks to Paul Stormberg for this info, and to Michael Deaton for the scan.
       
    • Second:  Black border around the cover art.  Unknown whether this or the First print, above, actually came first.  Thanks to Paul Stormberg for this info.
  • 1985:  AC6 Player Character Record Sheets.                               Foreign
    Purple cover.  Compatible with D&D Basic through Master sets.  Three separate printings have been identified, differing only on their rear covers (thanks to Michael Deaton and Rene Hurka for this info):
     
    • First:  Last word of last full sentence of first paragraph on back is "you".  The UK address on the back is "TSR UK Ltd." (next line) "The Mill, Rathmore Road" (next line) "Cambridge CB1 4AD" (next line) "United Kindgom" (the spelling error of "Kindgom" is how it appears on the item).  The Piece Code (0-935696-66-0) and the Product Number (394-55195-8TSR0700) are stacked above the white UPC barcode box.  Thanks to Michael Deaton for the scan.
       
    • Second:  Last word of last full sentence of first paragraph on back is "you".  The UK address on the back is "TSR UK Ltd." (next line) "The Mill, Rathmore Road" (next line) "Cambridge CB1 4AD" (next line) "United Kindgom" (the spelling error of "Kindgom" is how it appears on the item).  The ISBN is above the UPC barcode but within the white bar code box.  The Product Number (9037XXX1401) is on the bottom left and the price ($7.00) is on the bottom right.
       
    • Third:  Last word of last full sentence of first paragraph on back is "Sheet".  The UK address on the back is "TSR Ltd." (next line) "120 Church End, Cherry Hinton" (next line) "Cambridge CB1 3LB" (next line) "United Kingdom".  The Piece Code (0-88038-048-9) is above the UPC barcode but within the white bar code box.  No Product Number.  The price ($7.00) now appears in the lower right corner of the back.
       
    • Fourth:  Identical to Third, but now has the Product Number on the rear cover, lower left.  Thanks to Michael Deaton for this info.
1977 Char Rec Sheets (1st) 1977 Char Rec Sheets (3rd) 1978 Character Sheets 1979 Char Rec Sheets
       
1980 PC Record Sheets
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1980 PC Record Sheets
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AC5 Player Char Sheets
 
AC6 Player Char Sheets
 


Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

  • 1978:  Character Sheets.  Identical item as listed above (it is compatible with both D&D and AD&D systems).  Distributed by Games Workshop under TSR license.  50-sheet pad.  Allen Hunter cover. (Link takes you to the Games Workshop miscellaneous page).
     
  • 1979:  Player Character Record Sheets.  Wizard logo.  White cover with pink Erol Otus artwork.  "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" is in large letters centered across the top, and "Player Character Record Sheets" is below the cover artwork.  32 gold sheets.  TSR stock # 9028.  (Thanks to Mike Deaton, Matthew Dawe, and John Kozol for help with this info).  There are two variations of this print:
     
    • First:  Purple cover.  Second "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" in first text block does not have a "TM" after it.  Last word in first text block on the cover is "No".  Back cover does not list modules S3, C1, or B2.  (Thanks to Mike Deaton for the scan).
       
    • Second:  Pink cover.  Second "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" in first text block has a "TM" after it.  Last word in first text block on the cover is "facilitate".  Back cover does list modules S3, C1, and B2.
       
  • 1979:  Permanent Character Folder & Adventure Records.  Wizard logo.  Erol Otus artwork on cover.  16 sheets: two white (heavy stock) double-sided pages comprising the Permanent Character Folder, and 14 blue (perforated) double-sided pages comprising the (temporary) Adventure Records.  TSR stock # 9029.  Versions have been reported with both pink and green covers (thanks to John Justice for help with this info, and to Bill Willet for the scan).
     
  • 1979:  Non-Player Character Records.  Wizard logo.  Light blue cover with Erol Otus artwork.  "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" is in large letters centered across the top, and "Non-Player Character Records" is below the cover artwork.  Side-perforated booklet with gold sheets.  TSR stock # 9030.
     
  • 1981:  Player Character Record Sheets.  TSR Face logo.  Pink cover with Erol Otus artwork.  "For Advanced D&D Game" is in an angled banner to the upper left, and "Player Character Record Sheets" is centered at the top.  32 gold sheets.  TSR stock # 9028.  Copyright date at the bottom states "1980, 1981", implying the earlier printing was in 1980... this appears to be in error (the earlier printing was 1979).  There are actually three variations of this print, all of which are identical save for the following differences (thanks to Matthew Dawe and John Justice for help with this info):
     
    • First:  ISBN on lower left rear cover.  On the front cover, the last word on the first line is "have", and titles of products in the text blocks are in all capital letters (such as in the first sentence, "ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS PLAYER CHARACTER RECORDS are here!")  Product listing on back cover is in two columns.  Printed in 1981.
       
    • Second:  Identical to First, but ISBN and Product Number stacked on lower left rear cover.
       
    • Third:  ISBN (only) on lower left rear cover.  Text blocks on the cover now "wrap" at different points; the last word on the first line is now "especially".  Product titles in the text block are now mixed-case.  Product listing on back cover is now in a single column.  Probably printed sometime between 1981 and 1984.
       
  • 1981:  Permanent Character Folder & Adventure Records.  TSR Face logo.  Green cover with Erol Otus artwork.  16 sheets: two white (heavy stock) double-sided pages comprising the Permanent Character Folder, and 14 blue (perforated) double-sided pages comprising the (temporary) Adventure Records (though a copy has been spotted with 16 blue sheets, for a total of 18 sheets).  TSR stock # 9029.  Thanks to Joseph Wiley for help with this info, and to Bill Willet for the scan.
     
  • 1981:  Non-Player Character Records.  TSR Face logo.  Light blue cover with Erol Otus artwork. "For Advanced D&D Game" is in an angled banner to the upper left, and "Non-Player Character Records" is centered at the top.  Side-perforated booklet with gold sheets.  TSR stock # 9030.  There are two variations of this print: the First print lacks an ISBN and Product Number on the back cover; the Second print has them.  No other differences (thanks to Mike Deaton for this info, and to Brian Adamik for the scan).
     
  • 1984:  AD&D2 Accessory Player Character Records Sheets.  Blue, full-color cover with (Jeff Dee) artwork (actually lifted from the rear cover of T1 Village of Hommlet... thanks to Scott Gray for noticing this).  Angled TSR logo.  Gold sheets.  TSR stock # 9028.  Line at bottom of front cover lists "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" and "Products of Your Imagination" as trademarks; this spans one line.  (Thanks to Michael Deaton and Eric Pass for help with this info).
     
  • 1984:  AD&D GAME2 Accessory Player Character Record Sheets.  Identical to the above, but with the addition of "GAME" to the title bar, and the added trademarks of "AD&D" and the TSR logo to the line at the bottom of the front cover (now spanning two lines).  It appears that this cover was re-done simply for the purpose of adding the new trademarks. (Thanks to Michael Deaton for help with this info).
     
  • 1986:  New cover art, in line with the redesign of the AD&D manuals (orange spine).  Orange band across the top, and bears the code REF2.  White character sheets with tan- and orange-shaded boxes; format is updated to incorporate changes from the Unearthed Arcana and Oriental Adventures manuals.  Includes "spell planner" sheets.  Labeled as the First printing on our REF page.  (Thanks to Michael Rooney for help with this info).
     
  • 1989?:  Upgraded the sheets to 2nd Edition AD&D conventions, and changed the cover art.  Black cover, AD&D 2nd Edition logo.  Sheets are green-on-white (though a variation has been reported, with the green ink inside the information boxes, making them hard to read -- thanks to John Justice for this info).  Labeled as the Second printing on our REF page.
1978 Character Sheets 1979 PC Record Sheets 1979 Perm Char Folder 1979 NPC Records 1981 PC Record Sheets
         
1981 Perm Char Folder 1981 NPC Records 1984 GAME2 PC Record 1986 PC Record Sheets 1989 Char Rec Sheets

Many more iterations of TSR character sheets were published for 2nd Edition AD&D.


Auction Commentary

Pretty much cover-price (that is to say, worthless) across the board.  Character sheets were mass-produced and can be found easily.  The only exceptions are the earliest (1978 and before) pads, Character Archaic, and accessory AC5, which do have collectible value.

The First and Third prints of Character Archaic are extremely rare; the Second print less so, but still very rare.


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