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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:20 am 
 


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D&D 30 year celebration book. Foreword by Vin Diesel?

  


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:53 am 
 

It may seem strange, but Vin Diesel is a role-playing addict. John Kovalic of Dork Tower fame has "dealt with the matter" on his webcomics.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:54 am 
 

argyrebasin wrote:The seller relisted Lost Tamoachan on Monday. It's private.. blah! Who's bidding on this one? Just curious. :)


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It's not private...Ebay hides the identity of the bidders after any auction reaches $200.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:57 am 
 

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D&D 30 year celebration book. Foreword by Vin Diesel?




If you really feel the need to have this book you can probably pick it up at Half-Price Books for about $10.  No sense in wasting good money.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:00 pm 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:
If you really feel the need to have this book you can probably pick it up at Half-Price Books for about $10.  No sense in wasting good money.


I predict they will be sticking out of the $1 bin before too long.  I did notice that Titan Games had a few "limited" copies for $40 each  8O

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:23 pm 
 

I'm still playing D&D (3.x) and was tempted to purchase this book when it came out.  After checking out the reviews on Amazon.com and taking a quick look through a friend's copy, I decided against it.  From what I could tell, it's a hastily put together piece of junk with crappy artwork.  Basically WotC's attempt to cheerlead for themselves and try to demonstrate that they haven't totally raped and pillaged the hobby--which in my opinion is exactly what they've done.  I don't know much about collecting, but this one is definitely bargain basement material.

As far an Vin Diesel is concerned, just look at the man...  muscles, shaved head, etc.  He's the poster child for overcompensation, IMO.  I bet he was a typical AD&D player in high school.  Not that I wasn't, mind you, but I'm okay with it now :).

  


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:55 pm 
 

I appear to be a minority of one here as far as that book is concerned: I think it's a fine product. I bought two hardbacks the day it came out, in fact, and gave one away as a gift to a lapsed D&D-er. He more-or-less thought it was just about the greatest gift ever.

To all the haters: have you actually read the damn thing?  :?  :roll:  :? I'll admit that it's uneven in places (and the layout is headache-inducing), but there are sections that are really well-written and very informative. All due respect, but there seems to be a lot of bandwagon-jumping here as far as this book is concerned.

And as far as Vin goes ... well, his introduction was one of the highlights for me. He's an interesting man, and he has some good things to say. (And I'd rather read an essay per day from Vin Diesel for the rest of my life than read one more column by Wil "Let Me Tell You About My Family" Wheaton).

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:41 pm 
 

Nope, I have to admit I didn't read much, although I did scan the Vin Diesel intro.  I guess I didn't really feel like I needed to.  I wasn't there 30 years ago, but a good 25 (at the time it was published) anyway, so I don't need a retrospective book to conjure up nostalgia.  I'll admit it is funny to find out about celebrities who were doing exactly the same things I was doing when they were 12.  Has anyone seen the Stephen Colbert (of Colbert Report fame) interview online?  There's a section of it in which he talks about his experiences with Expedition to the Barrier Peaks that's just priceless.  

I guess this sort of book appeals to some people, but not others, which is cool.  I'm with you on the Wil Wheaton thing.  He's one big reason I stopped buying Dragon magazine, the Magic card flipping little twit :).

  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:51 pm 
 

I agree with Xaxaxe, the book isn't that bad and I can't stand Wil Wheaton.  They did an interview with him on one of the Thundercats DVDs and it was just aweful.  As far as a history of TSR and D&D the book is better than any of the ones put out by TSR.  The Silver Anniversary book and the 20 year TSR employee books are much worse and much more expensive to get too.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:55 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:I appear to be a minority of one here as far as that book is concerned: I think it's a fine product. I bought two hardbacks the day it came out, in fact, and gave one away as a gift to a lapsed D&D-er. He more-or-less thought it was just about the greatest gift ever.

To all the haters: have you actually read the damn thing?  :?  :roll:  :? I'll admit that it's uneven in places (and the layout is headache-inducing), but there are sections that are really well-written and very informative. All due respect, but there seems to be a lot of bandwagon-jumping here as far as this book is concerned.

And as far as Vin goes ... well, his introduction was one of the highlights for me. He's an interesting man, and he has some good things to say. (And I'd rather read an essay per day from Vin Diesel for the rest of my life than read one more column by Wil "Let Me Tell You About My Family" Wheaton).


I don't know about anyone else but I have read the "damn thing" and I have always thought that the book could have been so much more.  I enjoyed some of the commentary by the "celebrities" and industry professionals but that is about it.  For $50 it should have had twice the pages and been more detailed with the different editions.  Spelljammer should have been a footnote.  :P

  


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:02 pm 
 

Mars wrote:I agree with Xaxaxe, the book isn't that bad and I can't stand Wil Wheaton.  They did an interview with him on one of the Thundercats DVDs and it was just aweful.  As far as a history of TSR and D&D the book is better than any of the ones put out by TSR.  The Silver Anniversary book and the 20 year TSR employee books are much worse and much more expensive to get too.


Was Wil Wheaton a Thundercat, LOL?  That I didn't know.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:54 pm 
 

Radovarl wrote:
Was Wil Wheaton a Thundercat, LOL?  That I didn't know.


No Wil Wheaton was not a Thundercat - thank goodness.  The show would have tanked pretty quick if that were the case.  He was just a fan and a "celebrity" so they asked him to do an interview as a bonus on the DVD.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:02 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:I appear to be a minority of one here as far as that book is concerned: I think it's a fine product. I bought two hardbacks the day it came out, in fact, and gave one away as a gift to a lapsed D&D-er. He more-or-less thought it was just about the greatest gift ever.

To all the haters: have you actually read the damn thing?  :?  :roll:  :? I'll admit that it's uneven in places (and the layout is headache-inducing), but there are sections that are really well-written and very informative. All due respect, but there seems to be a lot of bandwagon-jumping here as far as this book is concerned.

And as far as Vin goes ... well, his introduction was one of the highlights for me. He's an interesting man, and he has some good things to say. (And I'd rather read an essay per day from Vin Diesel for the rest of my life than read one more column by Wil "Let Me Tell You About My Family" Wheaton).


         It would have been a great $20 tabletop book. The bang to cost ratio is far, far out of whack.  The guys who did the layouts should be fired, then prevented from ever again working in the publishing industry. It doesn't even make sense why they would do the book like that.
 That having been said, I've read through it in the bookstore, and I thought I wouldn't pay full or even half price for it but will just wait for it to hit the cheap shelves at HPB.  But that's just one man's opinion....and we all know what those are like.....
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:45 am 
 

TSR "library" poster (artwork from Mentzer Basic set):




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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:54 am 
 

If you don't care to pay full price for the 30 Year D&D Book go here and get the scratch & dent special for $8.00!

http://www.bookcloseouts.com/default.asp?N=0

use search for "Dungeons & Dragons" then scroll down the page.


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:59 am 
 

1986 RPGA membership directory, $21+, 12 hours to go (along with seemingly-first printing Ysgarth rules from Dave Nalle, though somewhat "bug chewed" on the covers):


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I wonder if this directory would still have my old membership info listed?  I don't recall if I was still in the RPGA in 1986 or not ;)


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:11 am 
 

grodog wrote:(along with seemingly-first printing Ysgarth rules from Dave Nalle, though somewhat "bug chewed" on the covers)


I don't think these are a first print - maybe a third.  Anyone looking for a later version of Ysgarth can get one here:

http://www.fontcraft.com/Merchant2/merc ... oleplaying

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:20 am 
 

Holmes set in shrink plus a few other bits (including a gift catalogue, which i haven't seen before) - BIN $75




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...probably a bit high for a 4th (or later), but looks in really nice condition.


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:39 pm 
 

These have the look and "cyber-feel" of a nice set of 5th print booklets, but alas, no box and a high bin.  Might be worth watching, though, in case the auction ends without a winner.   :wink:


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:23 pm 
 

barsh's Silver Ann is doing pretty well floating along out there just beyond the coral reef:




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