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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 10:25 pm 
 

are you referring to the games workshop version?

  


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 10:26 pm 
 

davidc wrote:Do y'all know about the softcover PHB... were they part of a boxed set?  When were they available?


The Player's Kit from a few years back, which included a large box & introductory material. Stratochamp, are you thinking of the 1970's 1e book?

  

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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 11:02 pm 
 

This is the first I've heard of a pefect bound 3.5 Player's Handbook.


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Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 11:32 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:This is the first I've heard of a pefect bound 3.5 Player's Handbook.

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I have seen the 3.5 Ed Players handbook softcover posted on this forum before.
I have NO Search Fu in me... so someone else would need to find it if they wish.

I have a copy on my 3.5 Ed shelf upstairs.
Have no idea where/when it originated.
IIRC: I got it from e-Bay for a handful of dollars and I have occasionally seen them on e-Bay after that too.

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Original Hardcover Edition; First Printing; July 2003
First Paperback Printing; June 2006


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Post Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 2:37 am 
 

davidc wrote:Do y'all know about the softcover PHB... were they part of a boxed set?  When were they available?

Yes, as sauromatian pointed out, the softcover PHB 3.5 was included in the Player's Kit boxed set which went on sale in June 2006. I believe that's the only place it was ever released; it wasn't ever sold by itself.

  

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Post Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 7:28 am 
 

Just curious.  Does the ISBN or product code match the Player's Kit boxed set?  And is the book itself exactly the same as the hardcover (except softcover) or is it a lite version?

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Post Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:33 am 
 

Mars wrote:Just curious.  Does the ISBN or product code match the Player's Kit boxed set?  And is the book itself exactly the same as the hardcover (except softcover) or is it a lite version?


I don't have the box set to reference its ISBN.

The softcover book says "ISBN 10:0-7869-4192-8 ISBN 13: 978-0-7869-4192-6".  The product code differs from the h/c (958067400)

Total pages are the same.  Title page says First Paprerback Printing 2006.  Last page is an ad for the RPGA (this h/c has an ad for D&D novels).  The content appears identical otherwise.


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Post Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:36 am 
 

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I guess this is the Player's kit?


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Post Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:36 am 
 

Same number of numbered pages, same add on the last page (un-numbered)
I think the contents are not changed.

Hardback Price $29.95 US $26.95 CAN
Softcover Price $19.95 US $39.99 CAN

The two books also have different ISBN numbers.
I dont have a Box Set though so cannot say a thing about it.


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Post Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:50 pm 
 

As introductory sets go, the 2006 Players Kit seems to have been produced by one of those odd marketing decisions which make sense on the drawing board, but not so much in real life.

If you are the average D&D player, you need the whole PHB, you need dice & a sturdy box to keep papers & your mini in, you need some introduction to the game before plunging in, etc. From this point of view, the Players Kit is the ideal consumer purchase, everything required until you get sick of it. At which point the paperback binding is calculated to begin coming loose & the DM's odious personal habits are becoming more apparent with each session & the dwarf player's girlfriend keeps showing up to argue with him & the lot of them haven't pitched in for the last two pizzas.

Problem is, real-life players are more aspirational as consumers. We all have shelf-loads of RPG material for campaigns that would take us many lifetimes to organize & play out, including whole rules systems for which we are destined never to roll die one. We want thousands of pages devoted to every ecological niche of every corner of the imagination, in hardbacks to pass down to our grandchildren.

The 2006 Basic Game suffers from the same design flaw. It's actually quite good at what it does, taking 2-5 participants who've never seen the game on an easy ride through a dungeon which is pretty entertainingly written, for the 3.2 hours before its pubescent target audience puts it away forever except for the dragon which stays on your shelf until you attach a firecracker to it. But that's all it does, there's nothing to teach these now fully satisfied customers anything about character generation or how to keep the game going.

  

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Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 2:37 am 
 

Picked up a copy of Air Power for under $20:

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I wasn't familiar with this item until I came across this auction. But since it combines two interests (WWII air combat & all things TSR), I decided to pursue it. The seller made no mention of condition in the listing, but it is in nice shape - just a little wear along the spine, no staple rust, uncut Turning Radius Rulers, and just one detached movement sheet.



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Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 7:53 am 
 

ExTSR wrote:Recently found... in a box, unmarked. :/
Thanks, Frank. I've been trying to get more info on these.

  

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Post Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 7:36 pm 
 

My first ever (TSR) first Print DM Screen!



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I know I paid a rediculous amount for it, but this thing is SWEET!

At the least I would grade it at Very Fine... higher really.

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Post Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 2:10 am 
 

Looks like that DM screen is in pretty good shape!  They are usually at least a little beat because they got used for their intended purpose.


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Post Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 8:03 am 
 

Looks pretty good, John!


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Post Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 8:18 am 
 

I can picture this one having been used a few times, but on the other hand, It would not surprise me if it had never been used at all.

For the smaller screen, there was Nothing on the inside to indicate it was used.
And on the outside, a single small spine crease, a couple of tiny scratches and slightly dinged corners.
What I think of as normal (Very Light) shelf wear.
IMO: it would Easily fit into a VF grade.

The larger screen?
Near Mint easily.
I saw nothing to downgrade it at all.
That thing is as close to mint as it gets being this old.


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Post Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:49 am 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:My first ever (TSR) first Print DM Screen!

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I know I paid a rediculous amount for it, but this thing is SWEET!
At the least I would grade it at Very Fine... higher really.
Happy camper here! :lol:




That's not a rediculous amount...


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Post Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 5:10 pm 
 

1st print Gamma World, very nice shape and complete w/ dice and promos, decent price :):

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Post Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 7:42 pm 
 

MetamorphosisSigma wrote:decent price :):

Or "rediculously" cheap, as the case may be. :)


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Post Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 8:47 pm 
 

Just trying to be measured in my self-back-slapping, and not tread too close to "rediculing" the seller :).


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