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Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:35 pm 
 

Recently, I bid on an auction for this Gen Con XIV (1981) program:
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I think I saw one once before in auction, but this time the Willingham cover art convinced me to bid. I did a little searching (Acaeum, DF, Google, etc) but didn't turn up much relevant discussion. I found a 1981 program for sale at NobleKnight for $10. So I put a max bid of $10.50 on the auction - and lost to a 2nd bidder for $11. So I bought the one from NK, plus a 1980 Gen Con XIII and a 1982 Gen Con XV program (each $10). They arrived this week, and I was surprised because the 1981 program has a different cover. I was also impressed at the quality and length of these programs.

Here are the covers and a brief description:

1980 Gen Con XIII Program and Schedule of Events
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Format: 64 pages; digest-sized (fits inside an OCE box).
Cover Artist: unknown
Interior Font: Similar to Moldvay Basic/Expert rulebooks

1981 Gen Con XIV Program and Schedule of Events
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Format: 64 pages; digest sized (fits inside an OCE box)
Cover Artist: Darlene
Interior Font: similar to L1 Secret of Bone Hill

1982 Gen Con XV Program and Schedule of Events
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Format: 48 pages; full magazine sized
Cover Artist: Darlene
Interior Font: similar to Dragon magazines of the time period

What amazed me is the amount of information in each program. There's page after page of amazing tournament descriptions.
I'll post some of these as I have time.

Feel free to post any other covers in this thread to create a minor database. I'm especially interested in earlier ones.

Badmike posted the contents of a 1975 program (or at least schedule of events) here

This page has lots of Gen Con historical information and pictures (including the 1980 and 1984 program covers, plus the 1983 logo)

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:15 pm 
 

Dang, if I'd known they were worth something, I'd have kept them. When I moved back to Indiana from Seattle in 2002, I gave a big box of them to Gen Con LLC, for their records... I had a ton of them, going back to my first show in 1982...

Those programs were pretty damn cool back in the day. Much more in-depth descriptions, from what I recall. More "character" to them, is how I'd describe it...


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:19 am 
 

wow!  they look pretty cool.   :D

if you can, a post of a few inside pages would be great.


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:04 am 
 

i picked up a load of con and pre-reg con programs a while ago - i think they are very cool - never ever seen them before so they are pretty great to read.

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:02 am 
 

Zhowar, FWIW I have 1981 Gencon Program and the cover is the exact same as the one thatr you have. :)


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Post Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:38 am 
 

I've been mining the GenCon programs for my tourney history details for years:  much good stuff in them zhowar.  Alas, I recycled most of mine when I gave up D&D in the mid-90s :-(


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Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:06 pm 
 

Could it have been the program that was inside some of the Dragon magazines promoting the convention?


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Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:23 pm 
 

Actually for those that have these old GenCon programs (or Origins, etc) if they have any info on Judges Guild and/or ads like this one: http://www.acaeum.com/jg/ModPhotos/JGad-GenCon08.html I'd be interested in a scan/some info.

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:47 pm 
 

I am always watching for GC programs. I had all of them from 1982 up and then in a haze dumped them years ago. I have managed to obtain most of them again, but I need 1982 and 1983 to finish off my collections. I only want the ones from the conventions I attended (82-02).

I'd love to get those Origins programs, too. They are near impossible to find.


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Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:56 pm 
 

Deogolf wrote:Could it have been the program that was inside some of the Dragon magazines promoting the convention?




Possibly...I don't know what those inserts look like. Perhaps Paul S. (Collector's Trove) can tell us more. He recently won a second auction from the same seller for the same item (he outbid me):




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Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:01 pm 
 

The GC  14 program with the Willingham art is the pre-reg book. I have at least two of them. They are quite common relative to other program/pre-reg books from the same time period.


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Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:03 pm 
 

bbarsh, (if you have it handy) how many pages does it have?

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:07 pm 
 

It is in my storage room. I'll dig it out in the a.m. I think it is 16...maybe 20 tops.

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:47 am 
 

zhowar wrote:bbarsh, (if you have it handy) how many pages does it have?


12 pages


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:01 am 
 

Howdy Allan,


grodog wrote:I've been mining the GenCon programs for my tourney history details for years:  much good stuff in them zhowar.  Alas, I recycled most of mine when I gave up D&D in the mid-90s :-(


Two for you:

"The Lair of the Cloud Giant Feor, 1018  A vast castle on the island of Voleax in the Northern Spindrift Isles. Here a prince of the Cloud Giants makes his home with an assortment of nasty "pets". AD&D 7th to 11th level characters. 4 hours. Judge Len Lakofka." Experience level 6. 10 players.

The Embassy to the Pale, 1020  Adventurers of 3rd to 5th level are recruited by the Baron Ratik, who seeks to attack the Bone March. The Baron must first obtain help of the Theocracy of the Pale, and you and you comrades will carry this message to the Theocrats. 4 hours. Judge: Len Lakofka. Experience level 6. 10 players.

...and for everyone else:

The Venom of Set, 1053  This newly released module will be using the D&D Companion Supplement (15-36th level characters). Be ready ready for some high level excitement and fun! 6 Hours. Judge: Paul Reiche III. Experience level 6. 8 players.

So is this Frank's set or the third installment to the D&D Moldvay Basic/Expert line? Wonder what happened there?


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:08 am 
 

Howdy,


zhowar wrote:Possibly...I don't know what those inserts look like. Perhaps Paul S. (Collector's Trove) can tell us more. He recently won a second auction from the same seller for the same item (he outbid me):


The program does not appear to be an insert. It only has one set of staples..


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:03 pm 
 

The Collector's Trove wrote:
12 pages


Thanks for that info. I ordered a 12-page Gen Con "1981 Informational Brochure" from NobleKnight. We'll see if it's the same thing. Sort of a gamble (no picture), but it was only $2.70...

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:05 pm 
 

I posted in the Interested Item thread, too.

It is indeed 12 pages and is the preregistration book. It is NOT the actual event program.


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:30 pm 
 

The Collector's Trove wrote: The Venom of Set, 1053  This newly released module will be using the D&D Companion Supplement (15-36th level characters). Be ready ready for some high level excitement and fun! 6 Hours. Judge: Paul Reiche III. Experience level 6. 8 players.


This listing identical in the full 1981 program - except that the Judge is listed as Erol Otus (Reiche and Otus were friends, right?)

The two Lafoka tourneys you listed are identical. I see a third Lafoka tourney:

Devil's Spire,1021 A party of 8th to 11th level of adventurers weather encounters with a Pit Fiend, a Mage and a myriad of monsters in an attempt to send Dispater back to the plane of Dis. An AD&D adventure. 4 Hours. Judge: Len Lakofka. Saturday Noon. Experience Level 6. 10 Players.  Comm-Arts L-137.

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 11:51 pm 
 

My package from NobleKnight arrived & the 12 pg "1981 Information Brochure" is the 12 pg PreReg book with the Willingham cover. Tucked inside it is a loose half-page insert titled SPI at Gen Con XIV.

I also got these:

1981 Gen Con East Schedule and Pre-Registration
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Format: 10 pages on a continuous single folded sheet
Cover Artist: N/A
Interior Font: Very tiny
Notes: Gygax gave a seminar; Ward ran a Gamma World tournament. Lots of Wilmark Dynasty tournaments.

1983 Gen Con XVI Booklet (Pre-Registration)
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Format: 32 pages; magazine-sized
Cover Artist: Timothy Truman
Interior Font: Similar to Dragon magazines of the time period
This seems to be a pre-registration booklet rather than the actual convention booklet (it's shorter, has pre-reg info, has only TSR ads, and looks like it was removed from inside a magazine).

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