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Post Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:31 pm 
 

Noticed this in Strategic Review #5 (December '75):
'Tis the season to be jolly, and have we got something to make all D&D players jolly: a special holiday deal. For the scant sum of $2 each, we are offering (various DM's) copies of Vols. 1, M&M, and 2, M&T. For a paltry pittance of $4, we will send both l&2, PLUS a set of pullouts, and put them all in a box!! Such a deal . . . how can you go wrong? Here is your chance to replace your ragged and tattered copies of the two most used-and abused-books in D&D, and get new pullouts, and even retire your bedraggled box, or use it to hold the extra odds and ends that accumulate. Who says the Christmas spirit is dead? Here in Lake Geneva, the assorted elves, gnomes and dwarves that comprise TSR wish you happy holidays, whichever ones you celebrate, and this is our way of showing it. This special deal is limited; when all the copies on hand are gone, the deal's over. Order from TSR as D&D Holiday Special.


I don't recall discussion of this here before...but I may have missed it. Anybody ever find one these sets that was identifiable as such?

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:46 am 
 

*bump*

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:50 am 
 

zhowar1 wrote:Noticed this in Strategic Review #5 (December '75):

"how can you go wrong? Here is your chance to replace your ragged and tattered copies of the two most used-and abused-books in D&D, and get new pullouts, and even retire your bedraggled box"

Wow, ask a silly question, get a silly answer.  I feel sorry for the folks that replaced/retired their woodgrains...

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:17 pm 
 

*bump* - thought this might be relevant to Paul's research in the Fun Finds thread.

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:28 pm 
 

Howdy,


Zhowar is the man!

Thanks for the bump. Well that makes things interesting... Unfortunately, they could be 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th prints for all we know.

Not as much help as I had hoped but still good info to have.

Thanks again Zho!


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:05 pm 
 

*bumpity bump*

Tis the season.


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:02 am 
 

Makes me rather nostaligic and Sad!  I was 8 years old in '75 and had no clue what D&D even was, otherwise I'd have begged, borrowed and stole to make it a really Merry D&D Christmas!


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:55 pm 
 

simrion wrote:Makes me rather nostaligic and Sad!  I was 8 years old in '75 and had no clue what D&D even was, otherwise I'd have begged, borrowed and stole to make it a really Merry D&D Christmas!


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:08 pm 
 

I was a mere 4... No idea about anything, let alone D&D  :lol:  (probably not much better now tbh)

Was there anything ever discussed about the cheapies given then?


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:46 pm 
 

Wow, 75, December, I was not born yet... probably.


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:17 pm 
 

Keith the Thief wrote:

I was 10-years-old, struggling to learn PanzerBlitz, and wondering why my self-esteem was linked to a bunch of "old guys" playing football in Tuscaloosa.  

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:12 pm 
 

Every time I see the title to this thread, I think of the Star Wars Holiday Special (the atrocious holiday cartoon that introduced Boba Fett prior to Empire), and think that a newly-rediscovered D&D cartoon has been unearthed ;)


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:11 am 
 

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Oh, man.  Such fond memories,.
I haven't seen those games in years ... or decades :-(

Squad Leader was the one that really intimidated us.
IIRC, the game was set up as a series of "levels" that consisted of scenarios that were increasingly complex.  And we couldn't get past 2nd or 3rd.
I'm sure someone here remembers better than I.
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:27 am 
 

I played the hell out of Arab/Israeli Wars....which was sort of a companion to Panzer Blitz and Panzer Leader.  Same rules, different era.

I think there's hardly a better way to learn history than gaming it.


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:24 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:.

I think there's hardly a better way to learn history than gaming it.


^^^Absolutely.  

For my own kids, it's given them a "reason" to learn all that boring stuff, like diplomacy, because it might have something to do with the stuff that's really "beast", like battles and wars.  8)


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:14 am 
 

grodog wrote:Every time I see the title to this thread, I think of the Star Wars Holiday Special (the atrocious holiday cartoon that introduced Boba Fett prior to Empire), and think that a newly-rediscovered D&D cartoon has been unearthed ;)


That was my first thought as well. (I actually saw that horror on TV when it aired.)


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